Rockwell Automation, Inc., Milwaukee, WI has granted Beckhoff Automation, Verl, Germany, a license to more than a dozen US and European linear motor patents, settling a patent infringement litigation amicably.
End-of-line packaging equipment manufacturer Combi Packaging Systems has been chosen as a Machine Builder Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program, which includes a loyalty commitment from Combi to standardize on Rockwell Automation products and technology, and to commit to drive competency and training across the company.
With the proliferation of networking technology, many automation vendors are devising ways to deploy it to distribute motion control architecture throughout machinery. A set of three schemes for doing this exploits intelligence in drives to offload some of the computing burden from the equipment’s controller.
Rockwell Automation has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for significantly reducing the overall environmental impact of its landmark corporate headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.
Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is being used with increasing frequency in the packaging industry. The reason for its popularity lies in the fact that the metric is easy to understand and relatively easy to apply. However, it is also easy to misuse. Here’s how to avoid doing so.
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.
This performance metric takes center stage as a growing number of users turn to it both to boost the efficiency of their equipment and to compare the performance of machines and production lines. But is this increasingly popular metric really this versatile?
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.
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.
This list supplements the RFID Labs and Test Centers directory we initially published in the August issue. For a full listing of the more than 20 labs along with additional details, see www.packworld.com/view-23573.
CompaniesNorwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems announced the formation of a distributor agreement between ITW Ltd. and Allen Codiergeräte GmbH. The agreement gives the ITW companies exclusive rights to distribute the coding and marking equipment designed and manufactured by Germany-based Allen Codiergeräte to all the regions of the world not served by Allen Codiergeräte.
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.
Rockwell Automation has introduced Propack Data PMX MES 4.1, offering life sciences companies tighter automation information integration, flexibility, and focus on regulatory issues throughout the product mfg.
Ongoing trends in the Consumer Packaged Goods sector—including things like packaging that’s customized according to demographic, rapidly growing numbers of SKUs, abbreviated product life cycles, and the inclusion of RFID tags on cases—have made packaging flexibility an absolute priority for CPG companies and their contract packagers.
Usually it’s the engineers and others at the end-user facility who benefit from the broader use of standards in processing and packaging equipment. They derive benefits of reduced training due to standard programming and operator interface environments used in machines from various manufacturers, as well as faster design, validation and start up.
Packaging machinery OEMs be forewarned: You’ll be hearing a lot about how packaged goods companies need to better integrate packaging machines on the plant floor with high-level business information systems.
As companies find many reasons to integrate data from process manufacturing and packaging with each other and with the rest of the company’s business applications, engineers are turning to standards and models from the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA), OMAC Packaging Workgroup and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for help.
Rockwell Automation opened a new radio-frequency identification (RFID) test lab at its global headquarters in Milwaukee. The lab is designed to help manufacturers facing production and inventory mandates from retailers understand how they can make RFID part of their distribution operations.
Triangle Package Machinery routinely installs scale/bagger/cartoner systems for food manufacturers and other packaged goods marketers. Until recently, the scale and bagger in such an installation would have one controls platform and the cartoner another.
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).
At a February 26 Rockwell Automation Food and Beverage Forum in Itasca, IL, Walt Staehle of Kraft Foods presented a compelling overview of that firm’s recent efforts to maximize operating efficiency across all 48 of its plants in North America.
How can a packaging machine builder sell to Unilever Home and Personal Care North America when the consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturer is making its short list of preferred suppliers even shorter?
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
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.
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.
Last year, packaging professionals were hit so hard with e-commerce hype that many probably felt that if they didnt rush out and invest in the latest Internet solutions, their businesses might crumble.
REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Small-footprint, servo-driven Stealth cartoner from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) features a Windows NT HMI touchscreen with online manuals and self-diagnostics for operator training.
On a new Craisins line at Ocean Spray, point-to-point wiring between machine devices and their master PLC has been replaced on some machines by an open fieldbus called AS-i. Installation time is slashed, while in-plant flexibility is maximized.
Weyerhaeuser Co. (Federal Way, WA) celebrated its 100th anniversary on Jan. 18.Rockwell Automations (Greenville, SC) distribution facility in Crossville, TN, was presented with a Supplier Quality Award from Motion Industries.The foodservice business of International Paper (Memphis, TN) has formed a partnership with Clemson University to help train students in the field of digital design.ISO 9001 certification: Fujioka Newlong Industrial Co.
The following letter was received in response to a two-part series by David Newcorn, Special Projects Editor, on PC vs PLC controls, published in September and December 1999 (see packworld.com/go/pcctrl).
In the central packaging area of the two-year-old snack plant built by Pretzels, Inc. in Bluffton, In, corrugated cases of bagged snacks are conveyed from packaging to palletizing on a single powered roller conveyor.
In March, Turners Falls, MA, film maker New England Extrusion opened a 34ꯠ sq' plant in Milton, WI. The plant includes two new extrusion/blown film manufacturing lines from Reifenho/oouser (Lawrence, MA).
Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has signed an agreement with Datalogic S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy) to market two of that firm's industrial bar-code readers under the FlexiScan(TM) and ReadiScan(TM) names.