Current issue: April 2015

HOT-FILLED CUPS. Once cups emerge from hot-filling and lidding, they’re encased in paperboard sleeves and then robotically place
Machine Case Study
|

Quick-change comes to trays, cases

Versatility and quick changeover in erecting cases and trays was the missing piece to the puzzle when it came to this cup-filling line at Leahy Orchards. Solution: Trayfecta.
E-BOOK SPECIAL REPORT
44 Best Package Designs: 2015
Sign up to receive timely updates from our editors and download this e-book of our editors’ selections for most innovative package designs of the past year.
BOTTLE CLEANING. To clean plastic bottles, each blowing nozzle from Bosch ionizes the blowing air, which neutralizes the electro
Feature Article
|

Novartis benefits from flexible pharmaceutical filling line

Filling and packaging line in Cairo, Egypt accommodates different products and packaging formats.
Syringes
Feature Article
|

Pharmapack Europe covered lots of ground

Exclusive coverage fom Pharmapack Europe includes strategies for handling injectables, updates on new regs for med devices, and a look at the challenges of veterinary drugs.
DRAMATIC COLORS. PTI’s oPTI foam bottle technology has been engineered to provide brand owners with a greater color selection fo
Feature Article
|

New materials, equipment address consumer trends

The Packaging Conference 2015 brings announcements on new materials and technologies developed in response to consumer trends, both new and ongoing.
Slitter/rewinder. Mechanical flexibility and precise tension control are among the key benefits AB Graphic International values
Controls Case Study
|

The future of machine programming is FAST

ABG reduced design time and costs with Application Templates that lead to software modules so modular in nature that they are effectively autonomous programs in their own right.
Flow wrapping. The cutting of the film in the individual flow wrapping unit is triggered by a CS8 color sensor
Controls Case Study
|

Sensors drive paper tissue system

More than 40 sensors tightly integrated with about the same number of servo motors are the keys to this high-speed, modular system for producing and packaging tissue packets.
Banner Engineering’s EZ-LIGHT K90 Series multicolor indicator lights
Controls Product Brief
|

Banner: Multi-color indicator lights

Banner Engineering’s EZ-LIGHT K90 Series multicolor indicator lights feature a large, 90-mm indicator housing, and deliver extremely bright and uniform illumination from all directions and at longer distances, while a highly-visible illuminated dome ensures easy-to-see operator guidance.
Roll-Slide Mini carriage and rail linear motion systems from LM76
Controls Product Brief
|

LM76: Carriage and rail linear motion systems

Available in lengths from 160 mm (6.30 in) to 1200 mm, the low cost, low profile Roll-Slide Mini carriage and rail linear motion systems from LM76 feature: quiet running; low resonance; smooth motion; low friction 440c stainless steel roller bearings (Coeff of Friction is .001 to .010 compared with .15 to .30 for polymer plain bearings); low magnetic signature; corrosion resistant stainless steel rails; and electrodeless nickel plated carriages.
Efficient motion control system
Controls Product Brief
|

Siemens: Efficient motion control system

Siemens has updated its Simotion motion control system to version 4.4, offering users many new functions that make the engineering of motion control projects even easier and more efficient; applications such as packaging, can be quickly, easily and efficiently engineered, configured and commissioned through the Siemens TIA Portal.
Web-based visualization software
Controls Product Brief
|

Pilz: Web-based visualization software

Web-based visualization software PASvisu is a high-performance yet simple to use package for operating and monitoring; it was designed as a platform-independent visualization package based on the latest web technologies such as HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript.
Robot controller software
Controls Product Brief
|

ABB Robotics: Robot controller software

RobotWare 6 from ABB Robotics offers manufacturers greater flexibility and reliability, with an extensive toolbox for developers and broad communications capabilities; the enhancements improve the programming and control of robotic systems and equipment, without sacrificing motion control and safety.
ENA58IL and ENA36IL magnetic absolute rotary encoders
Controls Product Brief
|

Pepperl+Fuchs: Magnetic absolute rotary encoders.

Developed specifically for use in ambient conditions that pose challenges for mechanical systems, Pepperl+Fuchs’ new ENA58IL and ENA36IL magnetic absolute rotary encoders combine precision, high-speed resolution, and extreme durability in a compact design: accuracies up to 0.1°; resolution up to 16 bit single turn and 32 bit multi turn; and a signal processing time < 100 µs;
 Industrial server with 12, 24, and 36 core options
Controls Product Brief
|

Beckhoff Automation: Industrial server with 12, 24, and 36 core options

Beckhoff Automation has introduced an industrial server product line that enables many-core machine control; this top-performance PC-based solution can be equipped with 12, 24, or 36 processor cores, and its memory can be expanded from 64 GB up to 2 TB.
Durable, low cost valves
Controls Product Brief
|

Festo: Durable, low cost valves

Festo has debuted the VS series of piston-spool solenoid and pneumatic valves and valve manifolds; these individually wired valves are designed to give years of dependable service while helping OEMs lower the costs of acquisition, assembly, and inventory.
Parker Hannifin’s new MPE Servo Motor Series
Controls Product Brief
|

Parker Hannifin: Servo motor series

Designed for high-volume applications, Parker Hannifin’s new MPE Series is an economical servo motor that extends the MPP motor family to smaller sizes.
Figure 1: Equipment Hygiene LeveL DecIsion Tree for Low-Moisture Food
Feature Article
|

How to optimize sanitary machine design

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence, founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released ‘ONE VOICE for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.’
PROPRIETARY FILLER. Stacked Wines custom-engineered the proprietary filler using a MAP process that eliminates headspace from th
Package Case Study
|

Single-serve wine gets its own line

Expanding from 4,000 cases in 2012 to 40,000 in 2013, Stacked Wines engineers a proprietary packaging line to bottle its single-serve PET-based wine containers at 180 bottles/min.
Mediterra Nutrition Bars
Package Case Study
|

Savory snack bars emphasize healthful ingredients

Less than a year old, Mediterra Nutrition Bars from NYC-based Mediterra Inc. have been picked up by more than 350 Target stores nationwide as well as several heath food chains, with consumers clamoring for the savory snack bars.

Pages

Newsletters

Don't miss intelligence crucial to your job and business!
Click on any newsletter to view a sample. Enter your email address below to sign up!
GENERAL INTEREST
PACKAGE DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT
PACKAGING MACHINERY
SPECIAL INTEREST
PACK EXPO
Each newsletter ranges in frequency from once per month to a few times per month at most.