Case Studies

Controls & Automation

Alignment conveyor. The ARB alignment conveyor segment uses 16 ERD electric actuators to activate rollers on the belt to align moving packages in pallet layers.
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Electric actuators add speed, precision to pallet-layer former

A prototype development project for a maker of conveying and pallet-forming equipment has led to a whole new line of electric actuators for applications in food and beverage industries.
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Inspection system. The 3D Gocator inspection system (above) is at the heart of the overall inspection system in the schematic shown here.
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3D vision inspection assures cup quality

A sophisticated vision inspection system that provides nearly 130 profiles per cup at 600 cups/min is used for quality assurance in the commercial thermoforming of yogurt cups.
Controls components. Also included on The F-16 is a PC-based controls package, including stainless steel panel PCs.
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Case former designed with wash-down in mind

From its pneumatic valve terminal to its PC-based controls, the F-16 case former was shaped by a trend in food and beverage packaging that puts a premium on hygiene.
Carton varieties. The cartoner handles a wide variety of carton sizes, so ease of changeover was a must.
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Punched up pita packing

New cartoning technology powered by an advanced electric drives and control solution is paving the way for growth at Milwaukee-based Kangaroo Brands, a rising maker of pita bread products.
Ease of operation. Flexible and easy to configure, the programmable safety controller now used by S&R Robot Systems is operator friendly.
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Safety controller fits robot integrator

Taking safety inputs and keeping track of them redundantly to prevent harm to operators—it’s an important task in today’s increasingly sophisticated machines.
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Implementing the Internet of Things incrementally

Optimizing existing technologies to integrate data is a way to increase productivity and efficiency, and it doesn’t have to all happen in one fell swoop.
Optimized combo. An optimized motor-gearbox combination is one of the keys to Multivac’s new lines of thermoforming machines and tray sealers because it enables these systems to produce secure film-to-film seals in packs like the one shown.
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Converting from pneumatics to servo

A number of advantages have been realized since this machinery manufacturer migrated from motion axes powered by pneumatic systems to axes powered by servo technology.
Successful suction.  The programmable dense-cup-population tooling uses a total of 128 vacuum cups to pick freshly baked buns and other products from primary packaging lines to bread trays
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Vacuum tooling reduces changeover time

The system was so successful at boosting speed on an end-of-line packaging solution for bread products that the OEM applied for and received a patent.
Visual inspection of insulin vials at the Brazilian site in Montes Claros, Novo Nordisk. Source: Novo Nordisk.
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Novo Nordisk Brazil site implements software program

Company uses newest PAS-X version at one of their largest sites for 18 production lines and two lines for packaging.
Servo drives. The Digitax ST drives use multi-network management via central PC and Ethernet for coordination of all production menus and motion equations on the individual process components.
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Variably-sized shippers on demand

Servo drives and motors play a key role in delivering the kind of precision and predictability necessary on a new breed of machine that forms variably-sized corrugated shippers from roll stock on demand.
Compact drives. One thing Top Tier engineers and machine  designers like about the servo drives is that they neatly fit in a relatively small controls cabinet.
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Hybrid servo system brings positioning accuracy to palletizing

The L7 palletizer has standard AC motors and a machine control code accessed on a familiar PLC interface. But servo drives in place of VFDs bring big benefits.
Significant Debut. This continuous-motion VF/F/S machine is the OEM’s most significant new-product development in recent memory.
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PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Getting its new vf/f/s system ready in time for Pack Expo Las Vegas was a challenge, but Matrix managed just fine. A bit of strategic retooling included One Cable Technology and EtherCAT.
Brains Brewery upgraded of its yeast-handling control process to a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix system and Ethernet connectivity. Source: Prosoft Technology
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Brewery gains flexibility, reduces downtime with gateway

Remote I/O-to-Ethernet gateway enables easy replacement of 27-year-old PLCs for a Wales brewery upgrading its yeast-handling control process.
Embedded drive. A smart embedded drive inside the friction feeder brought a big leap in performance for the OEM’s friction feed packaging machines.
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Stripped-down drive works wonders

A leading maker of leaflet inserters greatly increased machine speed and doubled accuracy by embedding a stripped-down servo drive in its friction feeder.
Medical pouches. This sophisticated medical combination pouch system turns flat roll stock into a range of bags and pouches used in the healthcare industry.
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Recipe for success

Using the latest drive and control components, CMD Corp. built a PDI Medical Combination Pouch System with rapid data management and unparalleled precision.

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