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High-speed MAP packaging increases labor efficiency

M-Tek, a leader in Modified Atmosphere Packaging will be exhibiting our latest labor saving MAP packaging system in booth N-5877.
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Rose Forgrove introduces Merlin “Blu” flow wrapper with exclusive hygienic features

Rose Forgrove has introduced their latest flow wrapper, with extensive hygienic features.
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Glueless cut-and-stack labeling and serialized pharmaceutical pressure-sensitive labeling

Weiler Labeling Systems (WLS), a leader in the design and manufacturing of pressure sensitive labelers is known for its equipment quality and unsurpassed customer service both before and after the sale.
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B&R Germany under new leadership: Markus Sandhöfner new general manager

At the beginning of 2014, Markus Sandhöfner, a specialist in the field of automation engineering, became the new general manager of B&R, taking over from Frank Winter, who led the company in Germany with great success since its founding in 1983.
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Decentralized motion, driven by intelligence

Power conversion and control/communication issues drive the choice for distributed motion control. But is this popular approach right for all machine builders and every application?
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B&R’s drive technology receives seal of quality from ControlEng

The distinction "Qualified SERVOsoft Partner" (QSP) has been awarded by Canadian company ControlEng Corporation to B&R for going above and beyond the recommended level of support for the SERVOsoft tool from ControlEng, which comes integrated in B&R's Automation Studio development software.
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OMAC Demo Impresses at European Packaging Show

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) brought its interoperability demonstration unit to the Packology trade show in Rimini, Italy in June. UCIMA, the Italian packaging machinery manufacturers association, invited the standards group to bring the demo unit, introduced to the public by Nestlé at PACK EXPO 2012, to the European fair.
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In India, Nestlé and B&R promote open technology standards for packaging

The 2012 International Packaging Conclave in Greater Noida, India, recorded a resounding success, bringing together 110 participants – including top managers from some of the most prominent end-user companies in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.
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PackML + PackSpec = packaging’s future

A joint meeting of the Organization for Machine Automation & Control’s PackML and PackSpec committees recently took place in Atlanta.
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World record application in linear motion

Summit Publishing blogger, Keith Campbell, reports on the importance of price versus performance when it comes to investing in new technology in his article “What is appropriate technology?” He makes his point by presenting an example where B&R Industrial Automation was able to achieve world record results in linear motion.
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B&R adds Machine Control Group as exclusive partner in Missouri

B&R Industrial Automation has added Machine Control Group as the newest member of its North American partner network.
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OMAC committees focus on streamlining standard

A recent meeting of the OMAC Packaging Working Group’s PackML and PackSpec committees concentrated on clarifying and simplifying its standard to bolster increased acceptance and use of the standard by OEMs and end users.
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Packaging Growth Accelerates Through Innovation, Emerging Markets

Globally, everybody in packaging—original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and consumer-goods providers—has an emerging market growth strategy, says Mike Wagner, manager of global business for the packaging industry, for OEMs, with Rockwell Automation (www.rockwellautomation.com), Milwaukee.
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Time for the big show – PACK EXPO Chicago

Get the big picture – whether in your home theater or your packaging lines
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How safety technology improvements increase productivity

Safety on the plant floor is its own justification. Increasingly, however, as automation technologies converge, new approaches to packaging machine safety are also helping facilitate the creation of more efficient—and more profitable—production systems.
Servo motors are at the heart of the HP Indigo 10000's controls.
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Engineering know-how is the key to a new breed of digital presses

What does it take to design and build a sheet-fed digital press whose size and throughput capability is comparable to that of today’s offset presses?
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Marc Wolf joins B&R Industrial Automation as Business Development Manager, Global Packaging Solutions Group

Marc Wolf brings a machine-building perspective to B&R’s Global Packaging Solutions Group.
Modular Packaging's new 27,000 sq. ft. facility lets Modular build, test, disassemble and ship multiple bottle filling lines sim
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Modular Packaging Systems doubles integration facility

New building lets Modular build, test, disassemble and ship multiple bottle filling lines simultaneously.
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B&R Student Competition
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B&R sponsors future workforce with new pavilion, student contest

'Investing in the future of packaging innovation’ cites B&R’s Marc Ostertag, is the reason why the automation provider will sponsor the all-new PACK EXPO Education Pavilion and the Student Design Contest.
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What's the value of open architecture?

I recently posed the following question to the LinkedIn group known as Packaging Machinery: Considering how often we hear that an open-architecture approach in controls platforms is a desirable thing when it comes to building packaging machines, do you agree or disagree; and if open architecture is such a good idea, who benefits from it-- machine builder or machine buyer?
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Industry Watch

  A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Kundinger Controls exclusive B&R partner in Michigan

In February 2011, B&R Industrial Automation appointed Kundinger Controls to their ranks of partners in North America.
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B&R and Cognex cooperate on POWERLINK

Cognex and B&R have entered a technological cooperation to use POWERLINK in the In-Sight line of products from Cognex.
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Three more packaging trends for 2011

The last edition of this Machine Automation Insights newsletter carried three trends to anticipate in the coming year. They came from John Kowal, packaging market development manager at B&R Industrial Automation. Here are the three more trends worth monitoring, says Kowal.
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Packaging trends to watch in 2011

Last year we asked automation consultant John Kowal to present 6 trends to anticipate in the coming year. Here's what Kowal, who is now packaging market development manager at B&R Industrial Automation, for another round of trends.
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Another view of the machine controls

 
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PackML World Tour promotes business process improvements through industry standard

PackML World Tour initiative is led by a group of packaging machine builders that are volunteering to present the business benefits of PackML to consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs).
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B&R demonstrates new automation capabilities at PACK EXPO 2010

B&R Industrial Automation will introduce advances in safety, robotic, ease-of-use, connectivity and automation technology at PACK EXPO Booth S-1073. Several respected OEMs will introduce B&R-enabled machines.
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Powerful HMIs are ready to run FactoryTalk® View and Windows™ XPe

The ‘Change Your View' offer from B&R makes it practical for Rockwell FactoryTalk® View users to run Windows applications on the same operator panel, ideal for packagers implementing data acquisition, MES, OEE, video, animation and more.
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Ketan labelers integrate control to increase upfront and longterm value

Advanced control and proven labeler design provide uncompromising initial cost and total cost of ownership. To arrange a meeting at PACK EXPO, call 909 930 0780.
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Elliott case packing systems are adaptable, redeployable

Fast changeover and easy reconfiguration make Elliott's new modular case packing systems a future-proof investment.
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Game changer: Extreme Packaging designs 100 cpm into low cost wrapper

To get cost out and speeds higher, the shrink wrapping specialist has streamlined mechanical design, eliminated pneumatics and integrated all control and HMI functions into a single piece of hardware.
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Omega Design advances the performance and value of bottle handling

New designs, controls and fabrication techniques add value to Omega's lineup of bottle unscramblers, desiccant feeders, shrinkbundlers and track-and-trace solutions.
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Modular Packaging Systems has standardized on B&R Industrial Automation for its slat and electronic counting and filling machine
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Modular Packaging Systems standardizes on B&R for controls

Solid dose pharmaceutical packaging specialist selects B&R Industrial Automation based on high speed performance, packaging line integration requirements and local support.
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PMMI's annual meeting will feature an export conference on doing business in China.
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China expert addresses world's hottest machine market at PMMI conference

Xiaoguang Hou from B&R Industrial Automation will share his knowledge of the packaging machinery market in China with PMMI members at September’s annual meeting.
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B&R technology director Robert Muehlfellner (left) discusses openSAFETY and their  company's line of safety systems over a singl
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Can an open safety standard avert 'field bus wars' among safety networks?

By standardizing on an open safety protocol across factory networks, B&R Industrial Automation offers a solution to prevent a recurrence of the 1990’s fieldbus wars debacle – and why you should care.
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By putting its safety protocol in the public domain, the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group is giving automation users the
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'openSAFETY' comes to PMMI Safety Conference

The Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group will introduce an open safety protocol that can run on any industrial network, openSAFETY, at this year’s PMMI safety conference.
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The PackML state model in automatic mode.
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PackML World Tour 2010

Packaging machinery leaders who’ve adopted PackML take the initiative to spur adoption with face-to-face meetings. But first, some background on why they’re taking PackML on the road.
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B&R partners with universities in China providing lab equipment and sponsoring a competition to educate engineering students in
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Alliances drive global market development in China

This text summarizes remarks made by B&R's packaging market development manager, John Kowal, during the 2010 PMMI MarketTrends panel discussion on 'partnerships to enter and sell to international markets'
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John Kowal joined B&R Industrial Automation in January to help form a packaging group and was elected to the OMAC board of direc
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B&R's John Kowal elected to OMAC board

Joining B&R Industrial Automation in January 2010 as part of the new packaging group, Kowal has long been active in OMAC, PMMI and related standards initiatives.
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Industry watch

 
USER FRIENDLY. The HMI is integrated into the filling machine in such a way that user friendliness is maximized.
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HMI/PC combo is a winning pair

A slender housing and a sleekly designed swing arm are among the features that Sig Combibloc liked about its new choice of HMI.
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B&R Industrial Automation launches new Packaging Expert Group for North America

B&R Industrial Automation has formed a new team of packaging experts to work closely with the packaging industry community.
Schneider Electric will enhance their machine controller and I/O system with leading industrial technology.
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Schneider Electric confirms technology partnership with B&R

On October 12th, 2009 Schneider Electric announced the next step in the technology partnership with B&R to develop key product innovations.
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Cost benefits of Connect-and-Pack

 
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Industry watch

 
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OMAC Packaging Workgroup to showcase the benefits of packaging line integration

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) will showcase the “Benefits of Packaging Line Integration” in their booth at Pack Expo International 2008.
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Breaching Boundaries

The folks pushing OMAC and OPC-UA are ready to shift the focus of packaging automation from devices to data.
Joe Angel (left), VP/publisher, and Lloyd Ferguson (right), president, Summit Publishing Co., present Weber Marking Systems' pre
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INDUSTRY WATCH

 
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Industry watch

CompaniesFKI Logistex opened a new 31,000 sq’ Technology & Education Center in Cincinnati, OH,  
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OMAC demo at Pack Expo Las Vegas

OMAC technical director Dave Bauman says that a full booth of demo sponsors is scheduled for Pack Expo Las Vegas. The sponsors and the functions they will demonstrate are as follows:
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Case-ready continues to grow

Last year’s squabble over CO, though not officially resolved, has receded into the background, as many retailers—though certainly not all—expand case-ready offerings.
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Make2Pack Demonstrates Interoperability

The Make2Pack committee, also known as the ISA SP-88 Part 5 committee, demonstrated the benefits of adopting a standard approach to machine and control design for packaging machines at the Procter & Gamble Co. Central Engineering Technology Labs in Cincinnati on December 7.
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Analyzing OEM trends

European builders of packaging machinery are often more successful than their counterparts in North America when it comes to pushing through with the controls architecture they prefer instead of allowing their end-user customers to specify which controls components will go on a piece of packaging equipment.
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TOPICS ANNOUNCED FOR CONFERENCE AT PACK EXPO

New My PACK EXPO™ Tool Available to Help Attendees Select Compatible Sessions
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Automation to fuel demand for packaging machinery

With Freedonia predicting a 4% annual increase in world demand for packaging machinery through 2008 and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute predicting 7% growth in U.S. packaging machinery sales this year, it’s useful to ask just what kind of packaging machinery will sell most briskly and what market segment will do the most buying.
Breakout session, working on action items at Make2Pack meeting
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Germany hosts largest ever Make2Pack working session

Diverse range of participants demonstrates European interest in contributing to the upcoming standard, from CPG leaders to OEMs to technology providers to associations
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Six Innovative Products

High-precision bus terminalThe KL3356 analog input bus terminal provides a measurement accuracy of 0.01% for direct connection of resistor bridges, strain gauge sensors, and all common input signals.
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High-end industrial PC

The APC680 industrial PC is for demanding controller and visualization tasks, with a modular construction that can be adapted to an application’s requirements.
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Trends in industrial automation

The arrival of deterministic Ethernet for industrial control is one of four key trends in industrial automation identified by Andy Reid, president of PacMation Inc., a Seattle-based independent distributor of automation technology.