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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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OEE numbers 
shine a light on packaging machine performance

OEE helps a plant wring more production 
out of existing equipment without the need to invest in new machines or personnel. So why are many users not getting full value 
from their OEE investment?
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Free Custom Pneumatics system consultation

Schedule a free consultation with Rexroth Custom Pneumatics to solve your unique manufacturing challenges.
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Get faster delivery of in-demand drive and control products

Get details and download catalogs of Bosch Rexroth pneumatic, linear motion, machine framing and electric drives and controls products specially designated for fast shipment -- in 24 hours for certain products.
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Free Linear Motion Resource CD

From basic principles to practical applications, get a wide range of linear motion expert advice, planning tools, animations and other resources on this FREE CD.
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Improving Energy OEE at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Machine builders and packagers can realize measurable results.
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Sustainability's impact on machine design

Packaging machinery OEMs are finding that when it comes to sustainable packaging, they can help customers accomplish goals just as surely as suppliers of packaging materials can.
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INDUSTRY WATCH

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The Top 10 robotics application mistakes

Avoid these mistakes when considering, and implementing, robotics on your packaging line.
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Industry Watch

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Packagers undervalue intellectual capital

Packaged goods companies are shedding irreplaceable talent due to cost-cutting and consolidation strategies. One blogger asks, ‘Where will it stop?’
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OMAC demos shine at Pack Expo

A highlight of Pack Expo International 2006, held recently at Chicago's McCormick Place, was the OMAC booth in the Concourse area between the North and South Halls. On display in a series of demos was controller-to-controller synchronization - over SERCOS, over EtherCAT, over Ethernet Powerlink, or over Profinet - that could bring a number of benefits to end users, but none greater than this: a reduction in floor space consumed by buffer zones or accumulation systems.
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Bosch Rexroth

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Companies

Leister Process Technologies, Sarnen, Switzerland, formed a new master distribution network for the United States. The U.S. market will be serviced by the following factory-trained sales and service centers: Assembly Supplies Co., western region; Heely-Brown Co., southeast region; Hy-Tech Products, midwest; and Malcom Co., northeast region.
A single PC controls all 36 axes of motion in the side-seam gluer/cartoner/case packer/palletizer system.
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PC/servo bag-in-box solution

This 36-axis bag-in-box system occupies minimal floor space, installs easily, and is controlled by a single PC.
Shown here are the four-station conveyor pallets emerging from the shrink tunnel. Each station holds three shrink-sleeved balls.
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An automation hole in one

Wilson Sporting Goods puts golf balls in shrink sleeves three times faster since installing conveyorized system that now runs smoothly 24/7.
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People

Bosch Rexroth Corp. appointed Langley Borneman director of controlling and administration-Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies.
Seven servo drives help coordinate this complex motion.
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Servos and robotics solve pouch-packing challenge

Stand-up pouches in three different sizes are automatically case packed at speeds to 90/min by this 12-axis, servo-controlled, robotic case packing system.
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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Site updates help increase productivity

Bosch Rexroth (www.boschrexroth-us.com/packaging) updated the food and packaging section of its Web site, focusing primarily on the company’s GenNext™ technology, the successor to Gen3 systems.
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OEMs reluctant to embrace combined motion/logic controllers?

Talked about frequently in the past few years is the trend toward combining motion control and logic in a single controller.
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What are the megatrends in packaging machine automation?

What are the megatrends in machine automation that currently require innovative answers?
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The trend toward functional integration

At the recently held 1st Rexroth Global Technology Summit in Lohr, Germany, Stefan Reitmeier, manager of material and information flow technology at Bosch Rexroth, neatly demonstrated why the trend toward functional integration in machine building and line layout has the kind of momentum it has today.
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'Innovation is indispensable'

Securing the role of low-cost provider can fuel growth for a while, but manufacturers today are better off relying on innovation as their path to sustained growth.
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New or enhanced Web sites
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Companies

Sun Chemical Corp.
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SERCOS interoperability demo at Pack Expo

The SERCOS interface trade associations will exhibit a Pack Profile interoperability demo at Pack Expo International 2004, November 7 to 11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
A next-generation hf/f/s machine operates at faster cycle speeds than its predecessor.
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Productive pouching

Rotary servo gear motor boosts productivity of hf/f/s pouch machines.
A single controller andles complete machine control on
the pharmaceutical tray-loading system .
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Servos bring gentle handling

On this four-axis tray loader, an integrated controller teams up with intelligent servo drives on all four servo motors.
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People

Roman M. Eckols was named president and CEO of B&H Labeling Systems.
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Trends in machine control

“Logic and motion control, human-machine interaction, diagnostics—even intelligence—in a single device is today’s machine control.”
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Companies

Robert Bosch Verpakkingsmachinenes B.V.
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People

Gordon B. Bonfield was appointed president and CEO of R. A. Jones & Co.
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OMAC luncheon meeting

At the conclusion of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s PackOps Conference on June 30, all attendees and members of the packaging community are invited to a complimentary buffet luncheon at the Westin O’Hare hosted by the OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW).
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Bosch Rexroth’s, business unit, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, named Ken Gazda director of sales.
A Noncontact Transfer unit moves an empty bag into position on the Cox MHP indexing machine.
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Noncontact transfer unit offers a lift

Cox MHP’s indexing machine employs three units that pick empty, porous bags from a magazine—without contacting them—and place each bag into a prefilling station on the machine.
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Companies

Fanuc Robotics America, Inc.
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People

Jerry Welcome (above) was named president of the Intl. Fresh-cut Produce Assn. Welcome most recently served as vice president, member services, for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Chain conveyor system

Bosch Rexroth offers the VarioFlow chain conveyor system designed for use in the food and packaging industry. A range of chain types and widths are available, including 80, 100, 160, 240, and 320mm.
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Better diagnostics for pneumatics

Pneumatics can now be fully integrated into the overall control system of packaging equipment to provide better diagnostics, according to Bosch Rexroth’s Pneumatics Div.
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People

Afflink (Tuscaloosa, AL) hired Dennis Riffer (above) to the position of executive vp, business development.
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More Plug-and-Pack at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Machine builders and packagers buy into the Plug-and-Pack vision of "best practices" automation guidelines for maximum business benefit.
With servo drives, Profibus, SERCOS, and more, the main control cabinets are fully loaded with everything but point-to-point wir
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RJRT retrofits its future

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco modernizes case packers and robotic palletizers with updated controls.
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People

Harold Bevis (above) was named president and CEO of Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL).
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.
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Cartoner speeds changeover

Third-generation, semi-automatic vertical cartoner relies on servo technology to quicken changeover and permit wide size ranges.
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New 6-axis articulated robots

New articulated AR6 and AR8 robots provide additional degrees of freedom in robotic positioning. AR6 with a 650-millimeter working radius and AR8 with an 850-millimeter range can transport up to 5 kilograms of payload at high speeds with a repetitive precision of ± 0.02 millimeters.
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Easier programming for Bosch Rexroth robotics

The new easyrobot programming software makes programming robots easier than ever, to ensure fast start-ups and optimum productivity. A host of new capabilities simplifies even complex robotics tasks.
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Boxing out the competition

A switch to a new gearbox increases reliability and lowers cost for Goodman’s new case packer.
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Smoothening torque transfer

Auger fillers are fast, flexible, and accurate thanks to the composite disc couplings used to transfer torque from servo motors to auger shafts.
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People

Safeline Inc. (Tampa, FL) appointed George Louli (above) as director of marketing.
Fourteen servo drives are used for fully synchronized, multiaxis motion control.
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No more changeover (sidebar)

Software and servos make it possible
Rocky Marquis
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Rocky Marquis, president of Marq Packaging Systems (Yakima, WA), was elected to the position of chairman of PMMI’s Executive Committee for 2003.
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National Manufacturing Week: Notes from the field

Special Projects Editor Dave Newcorn spotted many interesting new technologies, including machine vision, at National Manufacturing Week in early March. Here are some of them.
Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has formed a new service automation div., and named Gary Blankemeyer as vp and gen. ma
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Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has formed a new service automation div., and named Gary Blankemeyer as vp and gen. manager. The new div.
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PackML implementations at Pack Expo

Following is a brief round-up of PackML implementations Packaging World editors learned about at Pack Expo:
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High-speed case/tray packer

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Stand-up pouches at 500/min

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L to R: Pharmacia's Robert Martell, Elau's Patrik Hug, Norden Pac's Jonas Ewing, and Markem's Fred Putnam.
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Plug-and-pack a reality

A new crop of Plug-and-Pack™ packaging machines promises to simplify integration and facilitate line optimization.
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Servos serve up filling success

PC-based servo controls help dual-lane f/f/s machine maximize filling speeds and achieve easier changeover.
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People

Max Garcia has been hired as a field service technician based in Mexico City, Mexico, for Multivac (Kansas City, MO). Bob Koch has been named director of sales, food div.
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People

Terce Henriquez was promoted to vp of global label sales by AET Films (New Castle, DE).
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Pack Expo Video: Stand-up pouches at 500/min

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: R.A. Jones & Co. (Cincinnati, OH) demonstrated its new Pouch King continuous-motion, horizontal form/fill/seal machine running at 500 stand-up pouches/min. See video clip of this machine
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Pack Expo Video: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) demonstrated a servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine for case-packing stand-up pouches. See video clip of this machine
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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OMAC gains in Europe

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Packaging Workgroup, which is trying to simplify the development, installation, and operation of packaging equipment, reported significant progress at its April meeting at interpack 2002 in Germany.
OMAC's proposed model for standardizing how packaging equipment shifts into different states.
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OMAC standardizes machine states

The PackML “state model,” if widely adopted, promises to optimize line performance and reduce line integration costs through standardization.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup executive committee: Sitting, L to R--Steve Ford, M&M Mars; Rob Aleksa, P&G; Keith Campbell, Hershey Fo
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OMAC readies pilot tests

A flurry of activity was announced this February at the OMAC Packaging Workgroup meeting in Orlando, FL, including at least two pilot tests on real packaging equipment.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Interfilm Holdings, Inc. (Piedmont, SC) has signed a distribution agreement with the Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) to be a distributor of Opticite polystyrene label films.
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International agreements

Polarcup EarthShell, a joint venture between Huhtamaki Van Leer (Espoo, Finland) and EarthShell Corp. (Annapolis Junction, MD), is adapting its new biodegradable material and foodservice packaging concepts to European market conditions; Illinois Tool Works (Glenview, IL) has acquired Huhtamaki Van Leer’s Valeron Strength Films mfg.