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Delta Electronics helps enhance agile motion control for packaging company
September 03, 2019

Delta Electronics helps enhance agile motion control for packaging company

By Bill Faber, Delta Electronics
The heart of the module consists of four motion axes: two to drive nip-rolls that control the speed and tension of the operation; and two for a linear flying, stamping and engraving process.

Westfalia Technologies helps Heaven Hill enhance warehouse efficiency
September 06, 2018

Westfalia Technologies helps Heaven Hill enhance warehouse efficiency

The combination of the AS/RS and layer pick system allows Heaven Hill to convey pallets from palletizing to storage and to truck-staging lanes, thereby streamlining the entire order fulfillment process.

BEUMER GROUP helps Röfix AG enhance automatic palletizing
August 21, 2018

BEUMER GROUP helps Röfix AG enhance automatic palletizing

BEUMER Group provided an entire system to the site in Sennwald, Switzerland and integrated it into an existing building. The system can be adapted to the different materials, no retrofitting required.

Cognex smart cameras help SYSTEMATIX achieve vision-guided robot bin picking solution
July 06, 2018

Cognex smart cameras help SYSTEMATIX achieve vision-guided robot bin picking solution

SYSTEMATIX developed a VGR solution. Using a discrete distance measurement sensor, a Cognex In-Sight 8000 vision system with PatMax RedLine pattern-search capability mounted on a vertical slide, and a 6-axis robot, SYSTEMATIX built the work cell.

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot
April 02, 2018

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot

As part of the design process, the Shadow Robot Company needed specific bearings with very tight tolerances in dimensional accuracy. This is important for accuracy of the smart grasper’s movements. So, the team contacted SMB Bearings as the business is known for its supply of non-standard bearings.

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations
March 26, 2018

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations

Finland-based Orfer Oy needed to automate to speed up its packaging operations. With this in mind, Orfer standardized on the Toshiba Machine TH650A high-speed SCARA robot for the BoxCellPlus.

Domus Logistics chooses Egemin to automate new distribution center
January 27, 2017

Domus Logistics chooses Egemin to automate new distribution center

The DC will allow Domus Logistics to save up to 5,000 truck transports per year. The activities of five of its external partners will also be integrated into the distribution center.

GE Transportation partners with Port of Los Angeles to facilitate cargo visibility
November 17, 2016

GE Transportation partners with Port of Los Angeles to facilitate cargo visibility

The goal of the port information portal is to improve data-flow between cargo owners, shipping lines and other stakeholders so that port and terminal operators have an extended window of time to track inbound cargo.

Axiom automates B2C Europe with 100 destination packet mail sorter
August 24, 2016

Axiom automates B2C Europe with 100 destination packet mail sorter

The new sorter has automated B2C Europe's parcel and pack sortation, enabling the company to sort up to 8,000 packets an hour. This has given the company the futureproof ability to handle three times its current volume.

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Egemin Automation delivers E'tow floor conveyer system to Swiss logistics hub
August 04, 2016

Egemin Automation delivers E'tow floor conveyer system to Swiss logistics hub

Egemin Automation has been awarded the job of delivering conveyor technology for Schöni's logistics area. E’tow provides throughput and warehouse process flows, will ensure that Schöni can handle its increasing volumes.

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Emerson delivers automation solution and energy savings to Tech Folien
May 25, 2016

Emerson delivers automation solution and energy savings to Tech Folien

Tech Folien turned to Emerson official partner RJW, who designed and installed a motor solution which delivered energy savings of over 75%.

Keyence vision system inspects data matrix codes
March 22, 2016

Keyence vision system inspects data matrix codes

H2M Technologies, a French company that builds packaging machines for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, uses Keyence's XG-7000 vision system for on-line inspection of statutory markings and data matrix codes.

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Thermal imaging camera solves moisture/temperature requirement
March 01, 2016

Thermal imaging camera solves moisture/temperature requirement

Michelsen Packaging used a Process Sensors PSC-450 Surveyor Thermal Imaging Camera for monitoring and controlling moisture in molded tray production.

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Vision guides high-speed robotic packaging
October 01, 2015

Vision guides high-speed robotic packaging

Control Design
Multiple vision sensors and a high-speed robot provide robust and easily configurable part handling on packaging system at Global Controls in Saint Charles, Illinois.

Siemens drives Sealed Air converting lines
September 01, 2015

Siemens drives Sealed Air converting lines

Sealed Air increased the production speed of the Jiffy-Lite paper-sleeve, laminated bubble wrap mailers by using Siemens Sinamics V20, Sinamics S120 AC drives and Simotion motion controllers.

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Robots rise to packaging challenges
August 24, 2015

Robots rise to packaging challenges

Packaging World
How robots are being used to package bottles, cans, pasta, organic foods and snack foods in thjese five case studies.

Bonfiglioli motors spin Technowrapp pallet wrapper
August 21, 2015

Bonfiglioli motors spin Technowrapp pallet wrapper

Technowrapp’s Runner Arm can wrap 136 pallets/hour with 10 turns per pallet, stabilising a pallet with just 76 grams of stretch wrap film.

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Clever application story
July 18, 2015

Clever application story

Process and Control Today
In Altavilla Vicentina, Italy, a Clever Sleever Machine places and shrink-wraps bottles at a rate of 18,000 pieces per hour. That’s five pieces per second. A CompactLogix communicates to the Point I/O through ProSoft Technology’s radios.

Emerson Industrial supplies Unidrive M drives to Render Technology
July 16, 2015

Emerson Industrial supplies Unidrive M drives to Render Technology

Before the implementation of Unidrive M, Render’s machines were able to deliver 25 or 26 cycles per minute. Since adopting Unidrive M, the business has seen returns of 30 cycles per minute.

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Controls, safety and management systems help meet demand for renewable packaging board
June 16, 2015

Controls, safety and management systems help meet demand for renewable packaging board

Control Engineering Europe
Europe’s largest pulp, board and paper manufacturer, Stora Enso, migrating the plant from its previous control system to Honeywell’s Experion PKS (Process Knowledge System), which offers a unified architecture for process control, safety systems and automation software.

Sensors drive paper tissue system
April 25, 2015

Sensors drive paper tissue system

Packaging World
Winkler & Dünnebier’s Flowtos is the fastest two-lane paper handkerchief production and packaging system in the world. It’s capable of producing and flow wrapping up to 4,600 sheets per minute. More than 40 sensors are tightly integrated with about the same number of servo motors

MAC Solutions provides packaging company with remote access support
February 10, 2015

MAC Solutions provides packaging company with remote access support

Proseal UK is now able to securely access, diagnose and quickly resolve issues on its tray sealing machines located anywhere in the world, via secure Broadband connections.

Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control
January 26, 2015

Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control

Packaging World
PC-based control and EtherCAT Industrial Ethernet technology bring faster machine setup, a smaller controls cabinet, and other benefits to MMC Packaging.

ABB robot palletising system features in world’s first mobile packaging plant
November 27, 2014

ABB robot palletising system features in world’s first mobile packaging plant

Automation
RM Group’s mobile packaging plant uses ABB’s IRB 6640 and IRB 460 robots as part of a system designed to provide customers with a versatile, efficient and easily transportable way of bagging products at source.

Integrated controls ease programming, troubleshooting
August 27, 2014

Integrated controls ease programming, troubleshooting

Packaging World
Axalta Coating Systems in Philadelphia, used integrated robot and programmable logic controller (PLC) controls to help facilitate its transition to a new packaging automation system.

Robotic solution increases cheese packing productivity
August 12, 2014

Robotic solution increases cheese packing productivity

Control Engineering Europe
AJ and RG Barber, a farmhouse cheese producer in the UK, has two KUKA KR100-2 PA robots for packaging. The installation of the first robot enabled the plant to go from producing 35 to 65 tonnes per day – an increase of 93%.

Vision system inspects bottle caps at high speed
June 22, 2014

Vision system inspects bottle caps at high speed

Vision Systems Design
To automate bottle cap inspection at rates exceeding 1,000 parts/min, Logical Systems developed a fully automated system that combines custom LED lighting, off-the-shelf cameras, software and a conveyance mechanism.

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Kollmorgen automates blister packaging machine in India
June 17, 2014

Kollmorgen automates blister packaging machine in India

Kollmorgen supplied a motion control automation solution to IMA PG for their PG Express blister packaging machine.

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Always a Step ahead with Automation
June 14, 2014

Always a Step ahead with Automation

Process & Control Today
Italian packaging firm Cama has restyled its machines completely by integrating the control cabinets with the electrical and pneumatic components into the machine pedestals angles. Core to this redesign is the Festo valve terminal CPX/MPA with protection class IP65.

Automated barrier doors protect employees at Rubbermaid Commercial Products shipping facility
June 09, 2014

Automated barrier doors protect employees at Rubbermaid Commercial Products shipping facility

Although it was a more costly option initially, the automated barrier door was clearly the best choice for protecting employees, minimizing downtime and keeping long-term maintenance costs low.

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PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction
June 02, 2014

PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Matrix Packaging's Metis continuous-motion machine packages cheese, coffee, and other products. Automating the Metis is a Beckhoff PC-based controls architecture, including multi-touch display technology and EtherCAT fieldbus communications.

Multivac uses remote service to keep packaging machines running
May 07, 2014

Multivac uses remote service to keep packaging machines running

Multivac packaging machines work in multi-shift operation up to seven days a week. Diagnostic data requested via remote service provides insight into the machine status at all times. An mGuard security appliance protects the VPN.

Kollmorgen motors help Multivac convert from pneumatics
May 06, 2014

Kollmorgen motors help Multivac convert from pneumatics

Instead of using traditional, mostly pneumatic-driven lifting units, Multivac's R2XX to R5XX packaging machines use a motor-gearbox combination to deep draw and seal the foil.

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Stripped-down drive works wonders
March 22, 2014

Stripped-down drive works wonders

Packaging World
A smart servo drive from Metronix has allowed Pfankuch, a manufacturer of friction feeder systems for inserting leaflets and products into sales packaging, to increase the speed of its SmartFeeder by 50% while doubling positioning accuracy.

Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs
January 27, 2014

Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs

Packaging World
Pharmalab, a manufacturer of natural health, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products, and food supplements switched from manual cartoning to automated robotic cartoning with the addition of five new MK-DLT integrated Delta 3 robotic cartoners provided by AFA Systems.

Perrigo—propelled by AGVs and organizational readiness
January 27, 2014

Perrigo—propelled by AGVs and organizational readiness

Packaging World
Perrigo, a producer of store brand pharmaceuticals, uses AGVs in two buildings—one of which covers 410,000 sq ft and has 18,000 bin locations holding packaging components and capsules or tablets in bulk drums.

Eighteen robotic palletizers ensure quality at tobacco company
January 27, 2014

Eighteen robotic palletizers ensure quality at tobacco company

Packaging World
Over a period of two and half years, Lorillard replaced two conventional palletizers and “many, many miles of conveyor” with 18 robotic palletizing systems from Intelligrated that allow cases to be tracked throughout the facility.

Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling
January 27, 2014

Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling

Packaging World
By Jim Butschli
Dako relied on a combination of semi-automatic and manual filling, capping, and labeling processes for liquid reagents. It changed to a Flexible Automated Bottling System from Inventek Engineering that provides automated filling, bottle tipping, capping/torquing, label application, and inspection.

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January 20, 2014

Weiss rotary indexing tables automate recyclable binding system

Kugler-Womako in Germany is using TR750 rotary indexing tables in its EcoBinder paper-based binding system.

January 14, 2014

Servo drive boosts speed of friction feeders for packaging

Metronix's smart drive has allowed Pfankuch to increase the speed of its friction feeder by 50% while also doubling the positioning accuracy.

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