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.
At its headquarters in Switzerland, Nestlé engineers worked with preferred packaging suppliers B&R Industrial Automation, Rockwell, Schneider and Siemens to demonstrate that the different controls platforms can communicate with each other using international standards such as PackML.
Norden Inc. has equipped its entire range of Generation 3 tube fillers and cartoners with PackML. PackML is a specification from the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Packaging Workgroup for simplifying integration of packaging machinery on a network.
Elau is helping packaging machinery builders and users make the most of the PackML state model. A free PackML CD and PackML workshop series show how to use the state model, implement it in IEC 61131-3 standard languages, and gain access to valuable OEE and MES information in a standardized way.
The Electric Drives and Controls Div. of Bosch Rexroth (Hoffman Estates, IL) now supports the PackML state model via a software module. Developed in close cooperation with the OMAC for Packaging Workgroup, this software module is designed to reduce commissioning time and present a single interface to operators of various packaging machinery.