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Packaging World     VP/Editor, Pat Reynolds
SPONSORS: December 15, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Eight reasons to step up to Thermo Scientific EZx contaminant detection system >>

This white paper describes the eight compelling reasons to seriously consider stepping up to the latest technology utilized in the Thermo Scientific EZx—an easy-to-use and cost effective X-ray inspection system.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Video showcases high-speed beverage palletizing solutions >>

Video from Intelligrated showcases its 940 series of Alvey palletizers for very high speed applications such as soft drinks, juice drinks, and bottled water. Video showcases many pack formats, including shrink trays, cartons, and cases.


Retail-ready multi-pack formats for a variety of container types >>

Video from Delkor Systems shows a variety of retail-ready multi-packs for round, tapered containers, large club-store bottles with carrier handles, even multipacks with printed film. Video shows how packs work in visi-coolers. Ample machinery footage showcasing how equipment operates.

Delkor Systems

Video overview: Laser marking and coding for every application >>

Videojet has developed the 3000 series of laser printers to deliver consistent, superior quality permanent marking. This video from Videojet highlights the common features of the 3000 series products and covers the capabilities of most interest to plant personnel.

Videojet Technologies Inc.

Your Playbook for Healthcare Logistics >>

New! Creating more efficient and agile supply chains. We picked the brain of leading supply chain experts to compile this must-have, 40-page PDF e-book jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.


Timely help in measuring OEE

Of all the metrics used to measure manufacturing performance, few have shown as much promise as OEE—Overall Equipment Effectiveness. But measuring OEE can be tricky. That's why the recent formation of the Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence—launched jointly by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association—should come as welcome news to Consumer Packaged Goods companies of all stripes. One of AIOE's leading projects is the effort to provide CPG companies with a set of OEE guidelines that all can use. As PMMI's association magazine, Packaging Machinery Technology, points out in its November-December Issue, this benefits both the CPG companies and their suppliers through a common language and set of OEE metrics that can be consistently applied throughout the industry.

The PMT article includes comments from Pete Hock, senior director/continuous improvement of ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE, and Mark Hanley, asset reliability manager at Land O' Lakes, Arden Hills, MN.

"Launching an OEE data collection process doesn't have to be expensive, but it does take a lot of forethought and care," says Hock. "False starts leave lasting impressions. [My advice is] be deliberate and start only what you can successfully execute. Measure success by the improvements your data enables you to achieve. Then expand and reapply—both your data systems and improvement processes".

The article also provides useful insight into the intricacies of establishing OEE measurement in the first place. AIOE will soon be recommending that a set of Guiding Principles be developed. These guidelines will propose that OEE data should

• Reflect operational performance while exposing and quantifying losses

• Enable managers to prioritize and plan improvements in manufacturing, customer service, working capital, and capital investments

• Include all losses and be measured consistently

• Be accurate, detailed, and easy to understand

AIOE and the guidelines it is developing will frame OEE in terms of a journey whose steps included getting started, gaining traction, experiencing success, understanding the importance of transparency and sharing, developing best practices, and, ultimately, achieving excellence.

Link to the PMT article, written by AIOE managing directors Stephen Perry and Stephen Schlegel, to learn more. And give some thought to joining AIOE. As Perry and Schlegel put it, "Learn how the Alliance can bring value to your company and your professional development."

NEW Automation Products

New PC-based control software uses C/C++ languages

Said to be the company's most significant software release since 1996, Beckhoff Automation's TwinCAT 3 with eXtended Automation Technology (XAT) is a dynamic PC-based control. ... Read more

High-performance servo motor

The new NX Series servo motor, driver, gearhead and cable solution, from Oriental Motor, provides guaranteed performance in a simple package ... Read more

Low-profile safety light curtains

EZ-SCREEN® Low-Profile Safety Light Curtain with Integral Muting from Banner Engineering is designed for use on smaller production machines, yet are. ... Read more

Industrial panel-mounted converters

B&B Electronics' SCP series RS-232 to RS-422/485 serial converters are designed and tested to meet heavy industrial EMC standards ... Read more

Dedicated signal conditioners

Six new Dedicated Signal Conditioners added to Wago's JUMPFLEX® 857 Series Signal Conditioner and Relay family support focused applications requiring conversion, isolation. ... Read more

Subminiature photoelectric sensor family

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded its family of ML4.2 Series Subminiature Photoelectric Sensors to help maximize machine productivity by delivering faster response. ... Read more

Upcoming events:

Experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment, meet suppliers, and compare solutions at WestPack at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA on February 14-16.

Contract Packaging Assoc. Annual Meeting
Join Contract Packaging Asssociation members at their annual gathering, held this year at Gran Melia Hotel & Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto, Rico on February 23-26.

Ipack-Ima provides technology solutions for processing, packaging, internal handling, logistics, warehousing and POS; the 2012 exhibition will be held at Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy on February 28-March 1.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium


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