Case Studies

Controls & Automation

Minimal waste. The Hydroforma SP pouch maker relies on its programmable automation controller (Photo A), variable frequency driv
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Tight control reduces film waste

Water-soluble pouches have been a breakthrough in safety and convenience for the cleaning and laundry industries. They wouldn’t be feasible without tight machine control.
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Sleek and compact. The sleek, hygienic design of the RoboLoader (shown) is complemented by the compact, multi-axis servo drives
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Simplifying the integration of machine and robotic control

This robotic case packer has a sleek, hygienic design that appeals to producers of packaged salads. But it’s the controls package that brings the most tangible benefits.
INBOUND CARTONS. As cartons visible in the lower right corner are conveyed into a case packer, a camera reads all 100 unique car
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Serialization to meet Turkey’s requirements

A massive serialization project is completed in an impossibly tight timeframe by taking a modular approach across 24 packaging lines and by assembling a tight-knit team.
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Maker of thermoformed cups warms to PC-based controls

Kalamazoo, MI-based Fabri-Kal has been moving rather aggressively in the direction of PC-based control architecture in the thermoforming equipment they use to make plastic cups, bowls, and other containers found everywhere from the supermarket shelf to the kitchen pantry.
Optimal control. The modular BG software suite gives users optimal control of their material flows.
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Software suite brings optimal control of material flow

Material flow in a manufacturing setting is essential when it comes to getting cases out the door. This comprehensive software suite is a modular control system that gets the job done.
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.
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.

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