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Packaging World     VP/Editor, Pat Reynolds
SPONSORs September 13, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Simulation and experimentation on contact width & pressure distribution of lip seals>>

Shaft seal is a critical component for rotating machinery. Among the seals, the lip seal is one of the commonly used. This paper from Sensor Products aims to study the contact width and contact pressure of the seal lip under the various interference fits between the shaft and seal.

Sensor Products Inc.

Video: Hi-res case code printing system with touchscreen previews>>

Video shows Pilot Pro ink-jet case-coding system with new drag-and-drop touchscreen technology for message previews.

Squid Ink Manufacturing

High-speed modular label applicator>>

Brief video highlights the new ServPro 400 Series p-s label applicator from Weber Packaging Solutions (formerly Weber Marking Systems). Versatile unit combines speed, precision and true modularity to address a very wide range of labeling applications.

Weber Packaging Solutions

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 demo of random case sealer complete with fast-change demo>>

Video shows Little David LDX-RTB random case sealer process both void-filled and over-stuffed cases at speeds of 155" per minute with zero-adjustment. Handles interchangeable 2" and 3" tape cartridges plus is mirror image capable in field. Demonstration shows removable side panels for easy access.


Productivity in manufacturing

I like what On The Edge blogger Keith Campbell had to say recently about productivity in manufacturing. Who else has thoughts on this topic? What solutions are you implementing? Here are Keith's thoughts.

Productivity in manufacturing is about performing within or improving upon the budgetary boundaries that have been established for an operation. Productivity will depend upon the efficient use of labor, energy, and material and is thus affected by all of the terms in the OEE equation.

In this, the third in a series of posts based upon the Packaging Automation Forum held recently in Chicago, I share and comment upon the remarks of presenters who drilled down into the details of their internal programs for driving productivity.
Jim Whalen, Director of Operations Services for Rich Products Corporation described the simple principles and hard work involved in Rich's Manufacturing Line Optimization (MLO) program. This program has as its goals to develop processes and systems to track and optimize productivity and utilization, to identify and develop the key skills required of associates to support the program, and to develop standards, metrics and targets along with communications to develop pay for performance systems.

Building upon lean principles, management took the approach of using OEE metrics as the basis of assessing performance. The company realized there was extensive opportunity to drive cost savings across 110 production lines by improving the quality, consistency and frequency of data collection and providing tools and processes that would empower their engaged associates and leaders to drive continuous improvement.

With only 16% of firms describing their lean / continuous improvement programs as successful and only 9% claiming to sustain savings over 3 years, Rich took a hard look at the 6 greatest challenges to success. These include: 1) Resource constraints; 2) front line disengagement; 3) ineffective training; 4) lack of cross-functional support; 5) poor project selection; and 6) loss of organizational focus.

In addressing these challenges, one of the key strategic decisions was to adopt a common platform that would standardize the computer integration strategies across the entire manufacturing network and then evolve collectively, accumulating lots of base hits and not worrying so much about home runs. This strategy, borrowed from Cargill, was followed even if it meant that some plants needed to take a step backward.

Another key area for driving success is change management. Change management stages are defined by the term ADKAR. Best practice includes managing the processes of creating Awareness of the need for change, moving that awareness to Desire, providing Knowledge to create ability, and Reinforcing, auditing and recognizing people to keep the change in place. But the number one success factor for change is executive sponsorship and keeping leadership actively engaged in the change.

By following these steps, the associates at Rich Products were able to apply the tools installed to achieve results such as increasing OEE from 67.8% to 72.5%, improving performance from 83.8% to 89.8% and reducing the average downtime event from 12.9 to 6.7 minutes while improving planning rates which resulted in reducing shifts, increasing capacity and reducing inventory. All this was accomplished by applying simple principles and following up with some hard work.

NEW Automation Products

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Reliable position detection

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Intel-based platforms for cloud, video and communication infrastructure applications

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Controller integrates motion control, robotics and PLC in 1 device

See it at PACK EXPO Booth #5360! Lenze's compact 3200 C L-Force Controller is designed for precision motion control in high dynamic multi-axis applications ... Read more

Distributed modular I/O for industrial ethernet

Balluff's new generation of distributed modular I/O can be used in a cost effective way to replace standard slice I/O and distributed I/O solutions... Read more

Indicator light with audible alarm

Designed for washdown environments, the K50L Sealed Audible EZ-LIGHT™ from Banner Engineering is a rugged, cost-effective and easy-to-install indicator light with an audible alarm... Read more

Packaging World Showcase


Looking for a new packaging machinery or materials supplier?

Packaging World's PACK EXPO 2011 Showcase digital edition is filled with detailed information about packaging machinery and material suppliers. Search from the convenience of your laptop or PC; click hotlinks for direct access to advertiser websites and print or email supplier information to colleagues. Check out our 2011 edition. Click to view >>

Upcoming events:

International Dairy Show
The International Dairy Show features the latest trends and innovations in the dairy industry, and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 19-21.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum
This event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, examines the modern cold chain as well as evolving sectors such as medical devices and diagnostics, generics, APIs, clinical and biologics and cell therapies, September 26-30.

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