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Improved Productivity Drives Fork Truck Free Initiatives
May 10, 2019

Improved Productivity Drives Fork Truck Free Initiatives

The ergonomic design of tow tractors is beneficial to workers. With the help of tow trucks, people can move heavy carts without strain. Workers no longer experience the same fatigue they get from using forklifts.

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet
June 27, 2018

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The logistics and supply chain sector has been inundated with new and novel transport technologies in the past two years, however, experts don’t expect many of these technologies to be widely available for another 5-10. This article explains why parts suppliers may be better served by focusing on reducing lead-times to same-day delivery.

Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging
May 14, 2018

Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging

By Robert Glass, ABB
Recently, Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its stores in Amsterdam. More supermarkets will likely follow. Will food manufacturers will need to rethink their food packaging materials?

2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0
March 13, 2018

2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
From April 23-27, 2018, HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT will run concurrently with a particular emphasis on integration in supply chain and manufacturing. The theme -'Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate' - encompasses the range of Industry 4.0 technology, thinking, and creative applications

HARTING Technology Group Aims to Expand Industry 4.0 & IoT Reach in 2018
March 06, 2018

HARTING Technology Group Aims to Expand Industry 4.0 & IoT Reach in 2018

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
HARTING has been expanding into edge computing for Industry 4.0 and IoT applications. 2018 for HARTING will see an enhanced focus on digitalization, education and edge computing.

Smart Machines: Redefining Packaging Operations
December 06, 2017

Smart Machines: Redefining Packaging Operations

By Steve Mulder, Rockwell Automation
Packaging end users are eager to better understand their operations, improve productivity and keep up with competitive pressures. This article discusses how smart, secure and Ethernet-enabled packaging machines are working to give end users a competitive edge

Sky No Longer the Limit with Package Distribution Drone at PACK EXPO Las Vegas
September 22, 2017

Sky No Longer the Limit with Package Distribution Drone at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

By Tom Egan, PMMI and Elliot Bokeno, Workhorse
In collaboration with electric truck and drone maker Workhorse, PMMI will present an interactive visualization at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2017 of how drones bring packages directly to consumer homes.

Automated Conveyer Solutions: The answer to rising labor rates?
May 11, 2017

Automated Conveyer Solutions: The answer to rising labor rates?

By John Murdoch, Alfacon Solutions
At lower wages, it was more difficult to cost-justify the automation expense. Management could throw more labor at the volume issue. Now with much higher labor rates (not including health insurance, workers’ compensation, vacation time, and safety concerns), conveyor automation is axiomatic and needed more than ever before.

Emerging Efficiencies for Packaging Lines
April 24, 2017

Emerging Efficiencies for Packaging Lines

By Tom Egan, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
Robotics, automatic labelers, smart packaging and digital printing are just some of the technologies that can help an operation become more flexible and cost-effective with rapid response times to save on related expenses. This article will discuss some resources you might not know about.

Holiday Shipping Approaches: Increasing Demand for Rules Based Warehouse Control Systems
September 06, 2016

Holiday Shipping Approaches: Increasing Demand for Rules Based Warehouse Control Systems

By Thomas Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
The old warehouse is no more as the RF gun, constant verifications, small keypads, and hard to read screens are quickly becoming yesterday’s technology.

Five ways servos improve packaging machines
September 26, 2015

Five ways servos improve packaging machines

Control Engineering
By Jerry Tyson and Michael Miller
Innovations in automation are drastically changing the world of packaging. Here are five reasons to consider using servos in machine design.

Ways to make packaging machine design more flexible
September 26, 2015

Ways to make packaging machine design more flexible

Control Engineering
By Allen Tubbs
Control system flexibility, a need across all industries, includes the ability for users to easily re-use code from one controller to the next and scale from a simple two-axis machine to a high-axis coordinated motion system that runs on the same software, reducing hardware costs, training time, and troubleshooting.

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Plant floor cyber security—is it on your agenda?
August 24, 2015

Plant floor cyber security—is it on your agenda?

Packaging World
By Keith Campbell
Plant floor cyber security is among today’s most serious threats facing our individual manufacturing enterprises and our collective national security. Yet the potential of the Internet to radically and constructively transform our businesses is undeniable

4 ways to improve packaging line performance with Big Data and analytics
August 24, 2015

4 ways to improve packaging line performance with Big Data and analytics

Packaging Digest
By Alexandre Huet
Measuring and understanding how well your packaging line—and manufacturing practices for that matter—are operating can become a seamless part of the process, with the help of reporting technology.

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Heading Upstream: Technology Takes Robotics Up The Packaging Line
August 14, 2015

Heading Upstream: Technology Takes Robotics Up The Packaging Line

IMPO
By PMMI
The use of robotic technologies has long afforded manufacturers the advantages of greater productivity, higher product quality, reduced production costs and labor savings. Now, robots and their benefits are moving far beyond their early uses in palletizing, working their way upstream into more primary and secondary packaging applications.

Harnessing information to meet rapidly changing packaging demands
July 18, 2015

Harnessing information to meet rapidly changing packaging demands

What’s New in Process Technology
By Michael Vlahos, Rockwell Automation
Establishing a connected enterprise can help manufacturers optimise their production and supply chain by integrating information technology (IT) with operations technology (OT) to improve business performance and minimise risks.

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A New Way to Move Products
July 07, 2015

A New Way to Move Products

By Oliver Haya and Erik Myers, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturers and packaging contractors are constantly striving to locate a cost-effective and flexible way to increase productivity in their packaging operations, while also economizing their floor space. Traditional linear moving systems rarely meet all the criteria. The intelligent modular track systems offer greater flexibility and energy efficiency, and lower operating and maintenance costs.

Increasing Production Uptime and Throughput in Packaging Applications
June 16, 2015

Increasing Production Uptime and Throughput in Packaging Applications

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By Chris Graff, Butler Automatic
Downtime caused by film roll changes, registration errors, catastrophic film failures, bottlenecks, and more, is costly, and may seem impossible to avoid. Taking appropriate steps to streamline processes wherever possible can help to mitigate the repercussions of downtime, improving your overall line efficiency and therefore profitability.

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Collaborative Robots Transform Industry
May 01, 2015

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I am convinced that collaborative robots are the highest impact automation development to improve manufacturing since the assembly line. If this development follows the cost performance trends of past developments, like PCs, we at the beginning of a new revolution.