Case Studies

Controls & Automation

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Converter adds business management software

Rice Packaging Solutions, a converter serving the food and beverage industry, has selected a business management software solution built specifically for packaging operations.
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Among the benefits of the versatile valve manifold is that all inputs are carried back to the PLC by a single cable.
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CANopen-fieldbus and motion-control success

End user productivity went up 30% after a state-of-the-art retort-basket unloading system was designed as a replacement for a largely mechanical predecessor.
Tripack used a motion analyzer tool to size the servo motor.
Controls Case Study
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Perf module a highlight of integrated control solution

When it came time to show off a new machine at Pack Expo International, this OEM was ready. A highlight of the new equipment is its controls package.
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Controls trends to look for in 2013

As in 2011 and 2012, director of business development John Kowal of B&R brings us a look at trends in packaging machinery control and automation. This time around, he also recommends a few action items.
The APC910 controller on this CLS Series inspection system can take data from 32 inspection stations with no need for a handshake among PLCs to aggregate the data.
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New controls package includes Intel’s latest processor

When data from as many as 32 machine vision inspection stations can all flow directly into a single controller, users get much clearer analytics.
Among the things beck packautomaten was able to do with the help from new drive technology was to eliminate the need for compressed air, an expensive form of energy.
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Drive technology serves up a customer-friendly shrinkwrapper

The newest shrinkwrapping system from this packaging machinery OEM makes good use of drive technology to minimize energy consumption and save on packaging materials.
Each robotic end effector picks 30 empty tubes per cycle and places them in the pucks on the racetrack carrier.
OEM Application Note
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One controller governs 92 axes of motion

What do you get when you deploy 92 servo motors on a tube-filling machine? At Norden, a part of the Coesia Group, you get a machine that fills 850 toothpaste tubes/min.
Viewed from the side, the pallet is in the central station of the three-station FireTag system; infeed is to the right and discharge to the left.
OEM Application Note
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Controls technology leads to breakthrough in PTI-compliant marking

This Florida grower and shipper looked high and low for an automated method of marking palletized cases of produce. Finally, it built its own.
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Improving multiple label production control

Job tracking software saves 20 hours per week in labor and $15,000 per year in operating costs.
High precision and highly repeatable movements required by this shrink wrapper are delivered by servo drives.
OEM Application Note
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Servo control improves flexibility of shrink wrapper

One of Italy’s leading manufacturers of packaging machinery, MIMI Srl, has incorporated high-accuracy servo drives from Control Technologies for its latest MITO shrink wrapper.
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Lean automation solutions to increase in popularity

IMS Research projects world sales revenue of operator terminals with embedded PLC hardware will rise from $99 million in 2011 to approximately $148 million in 2016.
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Integrated safety system solves e-stop problem

Outdated drives, relay logic and PLCs running on proprietary software, which was making them increasingly difficult to operate, maintain and support
 the MC-250 system
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Small but mighty beer canning for craft brewers

Wild Goose Engineering may be new to the packaging machinery manufacturing game, but its MC-250 system for canning of craft brews is hitting on all cylinders.
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Does PackML hinder the OEM’s ability to differentiate?

In a recent discussion on PMMI’s LinkedIn Group, James Laverdiere of KleenLine Corp. opined that it was time for broad industry adoption of PackML, describing it as “a standardized language that delivers great improvements for packaging operations.” Here are the two comments that were posted:
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Top five presentations at The Automation Conference

Plant security, Industrial Ethernet Protocol speeds, rapid robotic changeover in food plants and SCADA migration projects were just some of the topics covered at The Automation Conference held in Chicago last May.

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