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Solutions on tap at Center for Trends & Technologies

Once again the Center for Trends and Technologies will be a terrific educational resource for attendees on the Pack Expo International show floor.
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Rockwell and Beckhoff reach agreement about linear motor technology

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.
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Combi chosen for Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program

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.
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Setting the pace at interpack: notable firsts in plastic and one remarkable servo application

Sardines in a plastic retortable can wasn’t the only interpack example of shelf-stable food in a plastic can.
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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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Just what is distributed motion?

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.
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Rockwell Automation Global Headquarters earns US Green Building Council LEED Certification

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.
For Waechter GmbH, upgrading the automation components on its tray erector with help from Lenze has helped to increase the packaging machine's output from 25 to 30 cartons per minute.
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OEE in packaging: deceptively simple

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.
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Learn new technologies at Pack Expo Las Vegas

At Pack Expo Las Vegas September 23-25, a full slate of displays and cutting-edge learning sessions will be on tap at The Center for Trends & Technology: Improving Production through Innovation.
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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.
The BalePack is a compact yet sturdy multipack that displays nicely at retail.
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Multipacked snacks stack like bricks

Snack food maker Utz Quality Foods, Inc. takes a minimalist approach to multipacking single-serve potato chip packs with a brick-shaped format that displays beautifully in the store.
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OEE: A Controversial Figure

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?
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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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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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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.
Four baggers on the ground floor are fed by these weighers on a mezzanine level.
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Booming sales brings new processing & packaging

Inventure Foods satisfies demand for kettle-style potato chips with a new seasoning and packaging line designed to even out product flow and maximize efficiency.
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Industry Watch

  A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
BUCKET TRANSFER. A bucket elevator (left) takes chocolate eggs to an overhead conveyor system much more gently than the cleated
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Bucket elevator sweetens chocolate egg production

Madelaine Chocolate’s product distribution system permits the smooth handling of 36% more product while ensuring considerably less damage to the chocolate pieces being wrapped in foil.
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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

 
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Industry watch

 
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Automated, easy-changeover system speeds up casing

 System features custom-integrated, high-speed carton stacking mechanism.
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New servo system enhances machine consistency

Case erector constantly adapts to changes in corrugated case condition regardless of how much recycled content cases contain.
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Industry watch

 
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Converter's automation install sweetens the deal

Not only are robotics being used in the packaging process, but automation is also expanding opportunities in package manufacturing, as well.
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Cornstarch bottling from scratch and on a budget

 A new line at ACH Food Co. relies on rebuilt machinery.
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Converter's automation install sweetens the deal

 
Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, launched its global Sustainability Moments™ campaign to coincide with
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Industry watch

 
NET SAVINGS. The tandem of case erector (above) and bag inserter (top) have reduced the crew requirements by several people per
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A ship-shape bag-in-box system

 The Golden Alaska fishing vessel boasts a labor-saving case erector and bag inserter.
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Industry watch

 
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Barilla's checkweigher checklist

The combination of Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed checkweighing and Safeline metal detection has been part of Barilla’s success story since its first U.S. plant opened in 1996 in Ames, IA.
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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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Sustainability gains in machine and process ops

Sustainability isn’t only about the amount of packaging materials we can keep from the solid waste stream. There are opportunities in machine and process ops, too.
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Working Merrily with OPC

(Sidebar to "Optimizing Wireless Diagnostics with OPC " from the December issue of Packaing Automation Review)
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Ethernet pulls motion together

Ethernet shows great promise for motion control, provided the underlying transport layer is maintained. Is it the right solution for your application?
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RFID on duty at Sentry

For a number of packagers, meeting Wal-Mart’s and other retailers’ mandates for RFID implementation means going the “tag and ship” route to keep costs as low as possible.
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Networking in the Real World

The packaging industry is heading toward greater networking, but there are some potential pitfalls and roadblocks along the way.
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More RFID test centers

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.
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Poultry/pork processor bags big benefits

Albertville Quality Foods saves labor, improves bagging speeds, cuts giveaway by installing intermittent-motion vf/f/s machine and radial scale.
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Industry Watch

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 RFID lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Directory of RFID test centers

A directory of more than 25 RFID Test Labs and Centers throughout the United States.
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Upskilling: Is your workforce packaging technology savvy?

As packaging machinery becomes more sophisticated, training and education, or ‘upskilling,’ becomes a growing concern for managers at Pepperidge Farm and elsewhere.
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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.
GRIPPING PERFORMER. The four-axis case-packing robot's custom end effector lifts and places industrial filters as a group into t
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Robots a perfect fit for packaged solution

Robots handle primary and secondary packaging on a customized turnkey line that collates, cases, labels, and palletizes industrial filters.
Added Flexibility : A new touchscreen allows operators to change wrap patterns on the fly.
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Touchscreen facilitates custom wrapping

Stretch wrapper’s touchscreen controls store five pre-programmed wrap patterns that can be switched on the fly, accommodating custom wrap patterns.
Zone control boxes like this one eliminate pneumatic clutches and chains on the zero-pressure pallet accumulation 
conveyor.
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Pallet conveyor sheds clutch-and-chain connections

Zero-pressure pallet accumulation conveyor offers 51¼4” elevation and simplified field wiring as zone-control boxes replace clutches and chains.
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People

Andrew MacLeod was appointed divisional vice president of sales and marketing for SCA Packaging North America.
Bottling Clos du Bois premium wines from the Sonoma Valley area of California required integration of information and packaging
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Information solves wine bottling problems

It takes more than engineering skill to solve some packaging manufacturing problems. People skills help, too.
AC drives.
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AC drives bring improved performance to shrink wrappers

This builder of shrink wrapping systems gained multiple benefits, including reduced manufacturing costs, by rethinking its selection of AC drives.
John Carlson
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People

John Carlson was appointed director of engineering for MGS Machine Corp.
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UW RFID lab inauguration

An on-site report from the opening of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new RFID lab.
Based on compact robotics and electronics, the case-packing arms have been integrated and custom-fitted into overall packaging o
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High efficiency makes the case for robotics

Malt-O-Meal chooses flexible, compact, easy-changeover case-packing robots for installation at new cereal plant.
This monobloc filler/capper, dedicated to 4-L steel cans, has enabled ARC-Diversified to meet a spike in demand for its edible o
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ARC upgrades in oil and powder

This supplier to a number of U.S. government feeding programs keeps current where packaging machinery and controls technology are concerned.See video
Shown above are one of its power modules (left) and two servo drives; one drive has an FM control module attached.
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Servo-driven decorating system brings benefits

With 46 servo-driven axes of motion, this tube-decorating system gives tube makers 'infinite control' over printing and cap application.
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.
In processing and packaging, validation of equipment used in
the pharmaceutical industry is an increasingly complex process.
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Trends in pharma validation

What do pharmaceutical companies need from technology providers and packaging machinery OEMs to make FDA validation run more smoothly?
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Production management software

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.
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How the Cheese Slices

Cougar Automation Technologies’ customer, a large manufacturer of processed cheese, had both a plant-floor problem and a “back-office” problem.
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What's In It for the OEM?

The usual beneficiaries of standards are the engineers and other end users in manufacturing plants, who derive benefits of reduced training, as well as faster design, validation and start up.
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Optimize line efficiencies through real-time info

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.
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What's In It for the OEM? (sidebar)

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.
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Promises, Promises, What's In It for Me?

Emerging standards and improved data connectivity hold the promise of helping manufacturers tie their plant and business processes into one neat package.
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Reality refreshes IoPP's RFID meeting

The Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Wisconsin Chapter meeting in February informed attendees that RFID’s potential is enormous, but it’s not likely a packaging panacea.
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Succeeding in global markets

Rockwell Automation’s Manufacturing Perspectives 2004, held October 26 in Orlando, FL, included a breakout panel discussion titled “Managed Locally—Manufactured Globally.”
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MES will shape packaging machine design

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.
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ProMat 2005 offers RFID Knowledge Center

Some 25ꯠ sq ft of radio-frequency identification will be a technological centerpiece for the exposition.
Above, a new SLC now sits at the bottom of the controls cabinet for Truitt Bros.' tray-packer/shrink-wrapper system, replacing a
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New programming, controller restores efficiency

Fruit and vegetable canner finds that a proactive upgrade on its tray packer/shrink-wrapper system brings quick payback.
Operators use the touchscreen panels to control the paperboard beverage-carrier erector.
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Programming time slashed by 30%

An integrated, component-based HMI program brought time-saving design features to this OEM.
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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.
The three smart cameras are all mounted upstream from the peel plate of the pressure-sensitive labeler.
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Pharma labels are triple-checked

Three smart cameras on a labeling system use sophisticated image-processing technology to ensure accuracy and readability of lot, date, and bar code.
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Drive Integration with Standards

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.
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Companies

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.
O/K Intl. has packed beefier motors and a whole lot more into the improved Superpacker case packer.
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Smooth performer

O/K Intl’s Superpacker’s improved communications set in motion faster, smoother case packing.
A single integrated controller (below) governs both the combination scale and the bagger (above) in Triangle's newer scale/bagge
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From custom to off-the-shelf controllers

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.
Econocorp's intermittent-motion Spartan cartoner employs a frequency 
inverter (top) that drives a gear motor (above). These com
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Inverter drives cartoner

Econocorp improves the performance of its venerable Spartan cartoner with AC inverter drive technology.
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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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Kraft cites savings gained through focus on OEE

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.
Walt Staehle, director of manufacturing execution and shop floor information systems at Kraft Foods.
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OEE saves Kraft millions

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.
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White paper explains benefits of remote diagnostics

Improving data acquisition and analysis is high on the list of things to do for most manufacturers these days.
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Demand vs forecast-driven production

Facing increased competition and a fickle consumer, consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers must shift from forecast-driven to demand-driven production.
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Flow control technology facilitates faster filling

Mettler-Toledo offers a new flow control technology that it claims can increase both filling speed and accuracy for filling machinery manufacturers.
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Defining skill standards for packaging technicians

Packaging machine users and builders need technical people with a mix of both mechanical and software skills. Trouble is, no one to date has defined what that skill set should be.
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Rockwell introduces

Rockwell Automation’s Power Programming is a new application development tool that is said to permit packaging machine builders to easily build efficiencies into their design process.
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How to sell a packaging machine to Unilever (or any other large CPG company)

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?
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Bioterrorism leads to electronic record keeping

With the new Bioterrorism law, Electronic record keeping isn't required per se, but it's an inevitability to realistically meet such a deadline.
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Vial packing extraordinaire (sidebar)

Filler is on the way
This new overwrapper now incorporates servo controls, giving it faster changeover times.
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Technology redesign incorporates servos

Package Machinery Company’s new servo-driven FA-ST overwrapping machine is equipped with six servo drives, giving it added flexibility and fewer maintenance issues compared to the machine it replaced.
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Pharmaceutical wrap-labeling system

The High Speed Pharmaceutical Grade Labeling System from Quadrel Labeling Systems is designed specifically for the exacting needs of pharmaceutical companies.
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Packaging inspection and GAMP4: from pharma to food?

Will GAMP4 procedures make the leap from the pharmaceutical industry to food? Probably, was the consensus of many at the Rockwell Automation Fair held in Milwaukee, WI, in mid-November 2003.
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Lack of information integration punishes packagers

Why does it take a CPG (consumer packaged goods) company an average of 27.5 months to launch a new product?
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Study: Increases in maintenance budgets can propel uptime

Limited budgets and aging equipment are the most commonly cited barriers keeping maintenance and reliability departments from improving their total manufacturing uptime.
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More data acquisition success stories: Shell Oil bottling: Real data in real time

In a continuation from last month, PW presents several additional data acquisition success stories.
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Data acquisition successes: Checkweigher helps reduce giveaway

Our editors scoured the industry for success stories—both big and little—on our quest for successful data acquisition and analysis implementations.
Sample OEE configuration
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Data acquisition successes: OEE drives Kraft's machine performance

Our editors scoured the industry for success stories—both big and little—on our quest for successful data acquisition and analysis implementations.
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Data acquisition successes: A case for data collection

Our editors scoured the industry for success stories—both big and little—on our quest for successful data acquisition and analysis implementations.
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Beckhoff appoints Harris president

Beckhoff has appointed Graham Harris as president of Beckhoff Automation LLC.
Siemens PLC (left) is connected to a Rockwell Allen-Bradley PLC (top, center). Both are programmed with the OMAC PackML state mo
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Interoperability demo: Profound implications for packaging machinery buyers

A Siemens PLC exchanges packaging data with a Rockwell Allen-Bradley PLC via a simulated packaging-line network.
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Pouch maker makes progress with PLS

New PLS plug-in module offers easier programming, less wiring, and less hardware for hf/f/s manufacturer.
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Companies

Morrison Timing Screw (Glenwood, IL) modernized its 15-year-old logo.
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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.
A new breed of capacitive sensor on this pressure-sensitive labeling head lets Pro-Motion Industries run a wide variety of label
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Quick-change equipment shines

From contract packaging to pharmaceuticals to frozen veggies, packaging operations depend heavily on the ease with which they can be changed over.
The washdown 'black box' drive, shown mounted atop 
a motor (inset below), can be positioned on or alongside the modular, preass
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Onboard drives enable Plug-and-Play

Sidel uses a new kind of washdown variable-frequency drive mounted right on its Plug-and-Play conveyors to reduce installation costs by more than 20%.
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Stand-up pouches at 500/min

See video clip of this machine
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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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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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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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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Mass flow = efficiency squared (sidebar)

Controls clean up on savings
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Wraparound case packer is in control

A single control platform controls all of Kisters Kayat’s machine functions. Plus, a programmable limit switch permits high-speed gluing.
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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 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.
Touchscreen interface in the filler room is one of seven on the line.
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Controls implemented Nature's Way

On a line filling 1- and 2.5-gal containers, a networked modem has already saved more than $10ꯠ by allowing remote troubleshooting by vendors. The network includes seven HMIs and nine PLCs.
A drawing of the line gives some idea of how many individual pieces of equipment must communicate with each other along the comm
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A line that's loaded with smarts

Latrobe Brewing Co.’s new line for 12-oz glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer is a textbook illustration of SCADA in action. Analysis of data is equally impressive.
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Is e-commerce at a halt?

Last year, packaging professionals were hit so hard with e-commerce hype that many probably felt that if they didn’t rush out and invest in the latest Internet solutions, their businesses might crumble.
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Relocations, expansions

Bomarko Medical Packaging (Plymouth, IN) recently entered into the medical device packaging market.
Attendees included converters, packagers, converting machinery builders, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers.
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OMAC picks up speed

P&G, Hershey, M&M Mars indicate that OMAC involvement has already helped their bottom lines. Also, new PackML group formed to tackle naming convention guidelines for machine states.
Dorner Mfg. Corp. (Hartland, WI) has moved its mfg. and administrative operations to a 144,000 sq' headquarters facility in the
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Relocations, expansions

Sicht-Pack Hagner GmbH (Nyack-on-Hudson, NY) has opened its first North American polyester film line in Spartanburg, SC, under the name of Hagner Future Film 2000.
Banner Engineering
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Still good the second time around

Two months ago, we mentioned in this space the ease of ordering sensors for packaging machinery from sensor maker Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN).
Hank Whetstone pauses at the PC keyboard through which he controls his high-speed candy-wrapping machine.
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Whetting Whetstone's appetite for PC controls

A 350 piece/min wrapping machine at Whetstone Candy relies on PC-based controls and a single software program to control logic, motion and HMI functions.
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Data collection

Entek Enwatch™ from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) is an Ethernet-based online data collection system for companies seeking to enhance packaging productivity.
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Cartoner favors operator training

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.
In this automated bag-inserting machine, nearly 60 devices communicate with their master PLC via a fieldbus instead of through t
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Ocean Spray rides a new bus

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.
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Achievements

International Paper (Purchase, NY) has donated $100ꯠ to the new Paper Industry Intl. Hall of Fame in Appleton, WI.
On plant PCs, PPG personnel are presented a detailed, informative picture (above) of packaging line performance, including that
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PPG paints precise picture of production

From depalletizing to palletizing, powerful graphics-laden software analyzes the performance of PPG Industries’ packaging lines. Analysis results in changes that increase output efficiency 12%.
From CAMC's 25-station lab/classroom (above), students can control equipment in surrounding labs from their PCs. Notes written b
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'Motion Control University'

The Center for Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota offers a hands-on curriculum of leading-edge technology.
Touch screen (inset) provides centralized monitoring and control of the entire production line (below).
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Labatt drives toward networked bottling lines

Labatt Breweries upgrades bottling line conveyors with compact drives that smooth production, enhance network communications and simplify troubleshooting.
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Labatt drives toward networked bottling lines (sidebar)

Sophisticated HMI
Six cased toothbrushes are bundled in a curtain of film formed from two separate webs.
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Radius brushes away excess costs

Shrink sleeve bundling system enables Radius to unitize plastic cases of its unusual toothbrushes in film sleeves rather than the more costly folding cartons it had used.
Planters' "tubed" peanuts are sold at retail in colorful display cartons (above). Photo below left shows the carton infeed stati
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Planters picks a packing line

Consumers are clearly fond of single-serve “tubes” of Planters nuts. An automated packaging line helps keep the nationwide pipeline full.
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Planters picks a packing line (sidebar)

Controls play a key role
Capability of low-acid aseptic dual-head poucher (far left) includes viscous products for a range of sizes (left), with a focus
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Amboy breaks new ground in smaller aseptic pouches

F/f/s machine enlarges Amboy Specialty Foods’ reach to pouches as small as 3 oz. Products represent the most viscous application of the supplier’s technology in the world.
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Omron and Rockwell Automation form strategic relationship

Initial emphasis will be on developing, adopting and promoting common technologies.
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PCs offer strengths in other areas

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).
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Achievements

Weyerhaeuser Co. (Federal Way, WA) celebrated its 100th anniversary on Jan. 18.—Rockwell Automation’s (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.
Inova Computers
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Controls sites offer education

Controls suppliers are valuable resources that can benefit packaging professionals who want to learn more about controls.
Cases are formed into rows (top) on a slider plate that moves a layer of cases (above) onto the stretch wrapper part of the pall
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Dow Corning sings praises of palletizer/stretch wrapper combo

Combo systems at the end of three silicone sealant cartridge packaging lines save space, money and materials at the company's Elizabethtown, KY, facility.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has completed a $40 million, 130ꯠ sq' addition to its Mequon, WI, facility.
A close-up of the stacking machine shows the three sets of three-high cases of yogurt. Based on the stacker?s success, Stonyfie
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Stonyfield Farm stacks benefits

Maintenance mechanic designs and builds an automatic case stacking machine that reduces labor costs and helps ready the company for new palletizing equipment.
Boxes of Sunlight laundry detergent, conveying upside down, are bottom-sealed (above) after scoop dropping and filling. At the p
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PLS speeds changeover, boosts reliability for Lever

A programmable limit switch speeds changeover and extends capabilities of new hot melt applicator and rebuilt filler.
As a case moves down a powered roller conveyor, its bar code is scanned. This information is sent directly across an industri
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Controls system simplifies automatic case sortation

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.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire various portions of Dynapro (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Accu-Sort Systems (Telford, PA) has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Allen-Bradley Adaptascan bar-code scanner line from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI).
L ogic instructions can be easily entered on the keypad and LCD display of the universal logic module. To the left and below is
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Paint pouch packing is under control

Testor packages modelers' paints in a flexible pouch on a hf/f/s machine modified for the purpose. A PLS, a PLC and a complementary logic module contribute greatly.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has agreed to buy Anorad Corp. (Hauppauge, NY), a maker of linear motor-based positioning equipment, for an undisclosed price.
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Controls for a complex system

The entire operation of the MS700 bowl filling/lidding system running at Sanfilippo is tightly controlled by a SLC 504 programmable logic controller from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rockwell Automation (Minneapolis, MN) and Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) announced they have entered into a letter of intent to form a global relationship.
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New England Extrusion 'blows' into WI

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).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

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.
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Supplier news: Achievements

George Blackwell of Rockwell Automation/ Allen-Bradley Co. has been elected the 1998-99 president of the Automated Imaging Assn.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rockwell Automation/ DataMyte (Minnetonka, MN) has teamed with StatSoft, Inc. (Tulsa, OK) to provide customers with data collection and analysis capabilities.
On-line tech support manuals can be a convenient resource.
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Experimenting with Web-based tech support

Frustrated with flipping through a manual to solve a tech support problem?
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Book explains bar-code technologies

Baffled by bar codes?
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rovema, L.P. (Lawrenceville, GA) has a new supplier agreement with Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) for Allen-Bradley automation products on its vf/f/s machines.