Articles & News on Packaging

Siemens Serves Users by Adding EtherNet/IP

  • Feature, January 2013 By Bill Lydon, Editor The addition of an EtherNet/IP stack to the Siemens Sinamics drives offers another option and makes life easier for users and machine builders. The Sinamics S120 drive products now support Profibus DP, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, and Ethernet TCP/IP.

IFR to host Robotics Automation Round Table at AUTOMATE

  • News

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) will host an exclusive press event for editors - CEO Round Table Discussion - at AUTOMATE in Chicago on 22 January 2013.

Standard-Knapp Packs up Jim Beam

  • Case Study

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has three 939s Versatron Case packers handling bottles of cordials at a plant in Cincinnati, OH, running at 25-30 cases per minute.

OMAC simplifies PackML

  • News

Based on initial experiences using the PackML standard, OMAC clarified and simplified ISA TR88.00.02 language.

STICorp and SlimSoft to merge

  • News

STICorp has brewing expertise and SlimSoft provides packaging solutions.

U.S. manufacturing technology orders up 5.3% over 2011

  • News

AMT says with a year-to-date total of $4,753.68 million, 2012 is up 5.3% compared with 2011.

J. Schmalz releases VEE Robot Gripper design software

  • News

VEE software allows end effectors to be configured online in just a few minutes.

Automation profession outperforms economy

  • Feature

InTech, October 2012 By Rick Zabel While job satisfaction remains high (79.9%), this year’s survey indicates salaries are on the rise—up a respectable 4.4% over last year. This rise is indicative of the noticeable increase in the demand for qualified automation professionals.

U.S. Packaging Machinery Shipments Jump 19% in 2011

  • News

PMMI’s research shows total consumption in the United States climbing by 23 percent to US$8.8 billion.

All-Fill uses Tolomatic electric actuators for container-lifting

  • Case Study

While the original pneumatic actuator worked well once set up, adjusting its force and speed to accommodate a different size container was complicated.