Starlinger presents their lamiTEC coating line for tubular and flat tape fabric. The machine performs automatic roll changes at a full production speed of 220 m/min and delivers excellent coating quality.
The Rutgers University team – Marie Misterio, Diana Mayorga, Miles Borgeson, Diana Jones — took first place in the 2013 PACK Solutions Challenge, and will share a $4,000 scholarship from the PMMI Education and Training Foundation. Marc Ostertag, president of contest sponsor B&R Industrial Automation, made the presentation in a brief awards presentation this afternoon.
ProAdjust®, the fully automated, stand-alone solution for performing industrial machine adjustments, reduces changeover time, and increases the speed and predictability of a machine adjustment. Recipe management for adjustments is controlled via a mobile panel from B&R. With the ability to save the desired settings/recipes, variances that may otherwise occur between different operators or shifts are taken out of the equation.
TopTier's new L7 All Electric palletizer features PerfectPattern™ technology, guaranteeing precise placement of cases on the row-build section, as well as confirming case rotation and size. The new stretch wrapper prevents film breaks by anticipating the film speed and as a result reduces film usage and costs. The modular B&R ACOPOSmulti drive system allows for easy configuration and option to control up to 30 drives on a single Ethernet IP connection.
Packaging Efficiency Solutions' newly introduced PES 100 counts, manages and distributes product to bottles at a speed of up to 120 bottles per minute. The continuous motion filling system utilizes weigh cell technology and fills bottles at an impressive 100% accuracy. A B&R Power Panel 500 with AR Windows integrates the vision inspection system through a single interface. A 3D sensing array verifies a precise count and connects to B&R X20 I/O via POWERLINK.
The new, servo-driven PriorityPal™ HL Series Case Palletizer from Arrowhead Systems can handle multiple products and features a bumpless infeed system. Remote diagnostics make machine troubleshooting easy. Other features include category 3 safety, an intuitive HMI system that allows patterns to be chosen on the fly, B&R I/O that offers flexibility in assigning inputs and outputs, and built-in high speed counters.
The SAL servo automatic shrink wrapping machine from Extreme Packaging Machinery wraps up to 100 products per minute. Features include a 10.4” integrated HMI that links to the machine's servo motors, safety I/O and safety PLC via the real-time Ethernet protocol POWERLINK. PackML handles the upstream and downstream communication along the machine line for efficient product flow and affords the operator to easily assess the machine state, manage recipes, and set alarms on the HMI.
The continuous counter from Batching Systems, the Batchmaster® IV, scans at 4,000 times per second. The sophisticated optical scanning technology behind the machine produces extremely accurate batches, identifying products based on size and shape and filtering out any parts outside of the accepted range. The counter features a B&R touchscreen HMI that combines control, visualization and motion control and it also allows for remote access and diagnostics.
The new Spectra™ front/back labeler from WSAutomation, a division of WS Packaging, is modularly designed for versatility in material handling and container application options. The labeling system features a touchscreen HMI from B&R with built-in video work instructions for explanation or troubleshooting. It also features smart, ACOPOS drives from B&R that plug-n-play, saving the operator programming time in case of a future need for replacement.
Tour the B&R booth at Pack Expo to view our latest innovations in automation—from industrial PCs and multi-touch technology to open automation concepts, modular machine designs and a fun linear actuator application.
Traditional vision inspection systems often do not allow direct integration into the machine control system (PLC). However, some vision systems have inputs that allow the PLC to send a trigger and outputs for transmitting signals back to the PLC indicating whether the product has passed inspection.
Extreme Package Machinery will showcase an SAL-Series shrink wrap system with B&R Industrial Automation controls and PackML-compliant programming at PACK EXPO 2013. A single controller, a PP500 from B&R, manages motion and machine control. The PP500 connects to the servos, AC drives and I/O through the POWERLINK Ethernet network for high-speed control of all machine functions. A separate Safety PLC allows for advanced safety circuit design and is dedicated to performing safety functions rated to CAT3/SIL2.
Overwrapping uses the least amount of energy and wrapping material compared to other wrapping methods. Package Machinery Company was first to market with a servo driven overwrapper and they are now showcasing their fourth generation of servo technology with the FA-ST servo overwrapper, which can achieve speeds up to 180 per minute. Servo functionalities include elevator, knife and pusher/tucker. Optional servos functions include infeed, film feed, overhead transport, high speed tuckers, notcher for teartape and auxiliary collation for bundles. Package Machinery Company specializes in providing cutting edge wrapping machinery that brings operational efficiencies to consumer products companies.
Batching Systems, Inc., a leading provider of component counting systems, has paired its latest development in optical scanning with B&R controls to provide enhanced systems solutions to its customers. This development allows for counting and batching of heavier products such as hardware, without machine faults, before dispensing these products from the counting equipment. A large, single user-friendly color graphics touchscreen with intuitive set-up, data monitoring, and diagnostics combines control, visualization and motion control technology in one device. It can be easily connected to various automation infrastructures as well as the internet for remote access, enhancing machinery performance as well as diagnostics and troubleshooting.
Packaging Efficiency Solutions is introducing a tablet counter capable of handling tablets or capsules in a variety of shapes and textures. The three point inspection system of the PES-100 Electronic Tablet Counter ensures an exact product count prior to filling. The B&R PP500 with AR Windows provides a single interface to PES’s vision inspection system for detecting foreign color and objects, and the check weighing system for guaranteeing an accurate weight before filling. PES’s 3D sensing array, which verifies a precise count, connects to the B&R X20 I/O with POWERLINK communications. This enables the machine to analyze data at speeds up to 400 microseconds, which is the fastest on the market. Established in 2012, Packaging Efficiency Solutions is founded by pharmaceutical packaging veterans Andrew and Bryan Smith. Partnered with several other industry leaders, PES is looking to become a mainstay of the pharmaceutical packaging industry.
The Spectra™ line of modular front/back and wrap customized labeling systems, from WSAutomation, is designed to deliver exclusive and broad-based performance engineered to match unique applications. The Spectra labeling system features a custom modular design that allows for broad versatility in material handling and a variety of container application options. The system comes available with Smart HMI Technology, providing manuals, troubleshooting guides and videos directly on the HMI screen and also has Ethernet connectivity for remote monitoring and enterprise system interface. WSAutomation engineers and designs label application equipment to maximize productivity for various markets from food and beverage to household products, personal care to over-the-counter health products, medical to wine and spirits.
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.
New Downstacker series palletizers from TopTier support from 11 to 30 high performance drives to maximize performance. The control technology, from B&R Industrial Automation, has reduced wiring, simplified startup and maintenance.
Krones’ award-winning EvoLite packaging machine produces revolutionary packaging for plastic bottles in the form of strapped packs with integrated handles that do not use shrink wrap as secondary packaging, reducing both the amount of required energy and plastic by 75%.
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.
Flow International invented waterjet cutting and is the world leader with over 12,000 installations in over 60 countries. The new Flow Mach 4C is their flagship system, designed to be the most accurate and easy to use waterjet for fast ROI in high productivity shops.
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.
Wrapping Machinery’s new FC780 E represents a new generation of vacuum and pressure forming machines for the food packaging industry. Designed to handle all thermoformable materials including PP, PE and OPS, the FC 780 E series is equipped with automation from B&R to achieve consistent quality, short retooling times, flexibility, ease of use, and significant energy savings through regenerative braking.
Drupa is to package production what interpack is to packaging machinery. Here are video highlights of new technologies from the two-week-long Drupa show concluded in mid-May. Some are directly targeted to packaging, others offer new ideas to package developers.
Loma Systems has partnered with B&R for a scalable, responsive control system. The new LCW 3000 integrates metal detector, X-ray inspection and checkweigher with a modular, streamlined control platform.
New distributed drive technology reduces cabinet space and wiring and supports modular design of packaging machinery. The remote mounted, IP 65 rated servo drives from B&R combine the benefits of integrated servo motor/drive with additional flexibility, onboard I/O, use of standard motors and extended power range.
Cermex is a leader in end of line packaging, from case packing to shrink wrapping to palletizing with over 10,000 machines installed worldwide. Cermex retail ready solutions let retailers display their products directly on the shelf without unpacking. Originally a European trend, retail ready offers a sustainable packaging solution that’s been driven in North America by Walmart. B&R automation aligns Cermex with its parent, Sidel, which has also standardized on B&R for machine performance and value.
Modular Packaging Systems delivers tablet and capsule filling and counting solutions with fully integrated machine-machine and line control communications, data acquisition, central monitoring, serialization. Across the packaging line, Modular has standardized on an integrated control system from B&R that supports both real-time control and Windows™ management applications.
A new high speed rotary shrink wrapper from Extreme Packaging Machinery has a throughput of 250 packs per minute with smooth cross-seal operation. An integrated servo-driven control system from B&R Industrial Automation simplifies control software and hardware, allows bag size changes while staying in synch with the product, and assures strong seals at high speeds.
Tavil specializes in multiformat case forming, closing, handling and palletizing lines. Systems have the flexibility to adapt to different case dimensions at the end of line, including retail ready packaging. B&R Industrial Automation simplifies the sophisticated control capabilities required to deliver this flexibility.
Package Machinery Company makes overwrapping machinery that is customized, flexible, cost effective and fast -- up to 150 cpm. Low energy and film consumption make these overwrappers a sustainable alternative to other wrapping methods. Their third generation of controls, from B&R Industrial Automation, uses servos to reduce moving parts by 65%, maximize uptime and provide the flexibility to run multiple SKUs with minimal changeover.
Hibar Systems Limited, a leader in precision metering pumps and dispensing systems for cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical applications. A new seal-less ceramic linear pump for pharma has 2-3 micron clearance between moving parts, with filling controlled by B&R micro servosystems.
From American Packaging Machinery, a series of continuous motion servo shrink wrapping systems runs a wide variety of films at speeds up to 200+ packages per minute and are now available with automation technology from B&R.
Imagine a fresh – not frozen – pizza that will last months in your refrigerator. That's the aim of vacuumizing technology implemented in Ilapak's innovative new MAP flow packaging systems. And the B&R-enabled control system is PackML compliant, too.
One of the many benefits of a PC-based human machine interface is the ability to tap into the mainstream consumer electronics world, as Columbia Machine demonstrated at PACK EXPO 2010 with a WiFi connection, smart phone, iPad and HMI from B&R running Windows XPe.
The modularity of Elliott's new Case Packing System allows packagers to purchase a complete line or a piece at a time, switch out a pick & place module for a drop packer, and even break the line apart to redeploy modules.
Using film as thin as 30 microns, low energy consumption shrink tunnel and 17 high efficiency B&R servo motors, OCME's sustainable shrink-wrap packer doesn't miss a beat on throughput, changeover, ease of use and maintainability, either.
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.
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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Video from B&R automation combines robotics, CNC, coupled axis functions and single axis positioning in a single, homogenous system. Motion and path control with integrated visualization, I/O processing and communications - B&R provides the total solution.
As industrial automation systems become increasingly complex, software development time and engineering expenses can exceed all other development hurtles. PLCopen offers standard, open motion control function blocks based on the IEC 61131 languages to create efficient, flexible code that is vendor- and product-independent. Find out more in this White Paper from B&R Automation.
Over the last few years control systems have undergone drastic technological enhancements. Where the classic approach of using microcontrollers as a Programmable Logic Controller – PLC – was industry standard in the past, today’s machine control is based on PC technology adopted for the harsher environments found in industrial applications. Find out more in this White Paper from B&R Automation.