Articles & News on Packaging

Automation Cartoons - February 1, 2012

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

Otto introduces engineering team to Automation 2.0.

Changing with the Times: Industrial Automation 2.0

  • Feature, January 2012
By Matthew Littlefield, LNS Research
There are a whole slew of new technologies and system architectures being adopted in the automation industry at a very rapid pace. Companies today face the very real possibility that if they don’t effectively understand, adopt, and leverage these new technologies to their advantage; they will be left in an increasingly uncompetitive position.

Open Architecture "Use Cases" - the Next Frontier

  • Feature, January 2012
By Bill Lydon, Editor
The next major frontier in the evolution of open architecture is the development of application standards built around Use Cases to increase automation productivity and efficiency. Packaging machine standards from OMAC's Packaging Workgroup is a good example.

PneumaticScaleAngelus acquires OnTrack Automation

  • News

OnTrack Automation manufactures components, systems and custom engineered solutions for the packaging industry.

Marc Wolf joins B&R Industrial Automation

  • News

Wolf is Business Development Manager for the company’s Global Packaging Solutions Group.

Thiele Technologies hires John Curie again

  • News

Curie rejoined the company as a business unit leader for the feeder product line. Curie previously served as product manager.

OMAC Packaging Working Group Update

  • Feature, December 2011
By Bill Lydon, Editor
An enthusiastic OMAC Packaging Working Group recently presented plans for packaging machine standards. Bryan Griffen from Nestle explained their packaging philosophy and current vision centered on OMAC standards and how they want to optimize control systems in three ways.

B&R’s John Kowal elected to PMMI board

  • News

Kowal is the first Supplier Member to be elected to the PMMI board, a recognition of the key role suppliers play in the advancement of packaging technology.

Micro800 Standalone Machine Controller

  • Feature, November 2011
By Bill Lydon for
Rockwell Automation introduced the new low-cost Micro800 PLC product line suited for standalone machine applications - a completely new architecture and not based on or compatible with the Logix Platform and Integrated Architecture.

HayssenSandiacre Acquires Simionato Integrated Packaging

  • News

Simionato is a manufacturer of integrated flexible packaging systems based in Mestrino, Italy.