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Packaging World     VP/Editor, Pat Reynolds
SPONSORS: November 28, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Top-load cartoning equipment capabilities video >>

Watch this cartoning equipment capabilities from Delkor Systems to understand the company's mastery of top-load cartoning equipment, from carton formers to carton closers.

Delkor Systems

Fully automated case forming and sealing >>

The Little David LD-24 from Loveshaw is the latest in a series of industrial grade high performance case sealers. Designed to meet the case sealing demands of customers with high volume runs of the same box size. It's compact design is perfect for customers looking to take up less real estate between conveyors.

Loveshaw

Semi-automatic bagger for food high-productivity applications >>

FAS SPrint Revolution Bagging System opens bags, lets operators load product, and seals bags at up to 900 inches/min. Airtight, high-quality 3/8" seals. Continuous, intermittent, or batch mode.

Automated Packaging Systems

Hi-res case code printing system with touchscreen preview >>

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

Squid Ink Manufacturing

Video shows economical, combination case packer and palletizer >>

Brenton BantamPro ELSP combination system is designed as an upgrade path for manual low speed manual hand packing and palletizing. Integrates previously separate machine functions including case erecting, loading, sealing and palletizing functions into one compact, all-in-one, low-cost, integrated machine.

Brenton Engineering

Vision for machinery integration

ODVA has announced the availability of a new white paper, Optimization of Machine Integration (OMI), which outlines a strategic vision for an open and interoperable communication framework in the industrial sector. For machine builders, OMI provides opportunities for creating additional value through simplified communication between machines and from machines to supervisory systems.

"By transforming data into information, OMI will provide tools for dynamic decision-making, thus maximizing machine productivity, improving machine performance and enhancing the preventive maintenance of machinery assets," said Katherine Voss, executive director, ODVA. "As a result, OMI will create more value for their machines, extend machinery life cycles, and will emerge as a natural sweet spot to help end users meet their overall business objectives, including workforce, profitability and sustainability goals."

This white paper is a collaborative effort by ODVA, Sercos International and the OPC Foundation. All three organizations support a shared vision for machinery integration. ODVA envisions an interoperability framework for machinery that encompasses three domains of the industrial ecosystem - production, enterprise and power grid. This vision recognizes the value of communication in machinery control for production processes, while highlighting the possibility of using machinery information, such as energy metrics and safety factors, as a shared resource and common currency across the domains critical to manufacturers.

The OPC Foundation is dedicated to creating and maintaining open specifications that standardize the secure communication and analysis of process data, alarm and event records, historical data, and batch data to multi-vendor enterprise systems and between production devices. Sercos International, meanwhile, is dedicated to interconnecting motion controls, drives, I/O, sensors and actuators for motion controlled machines and systems.

"The diversity of automation technologies requires a new conceptual approach in order to simplify the integration of machines in production," said Peter Lutz, managing director of Sercos International. "We expect substantial technical and market synergies by cooperating with the ODVA and the OPC Foundation for the benefit of users and suppliers."

"OMI is all about advancing interoperability and providing standardized information integration for anything and everything related to machinery assets. OMI provides the infrastructure and tools necessary to meet and exceed the end-user's expectations to truly maximize their operations for real-time information being exchanged for productivity, performance and maintenance," said Thomas Burke, executive director of the OPC Foundation. "The OPC Foundation partnership with ODVA and Sercos International uses the existing specifications and technology from all three of the cooperating consortiums and leverages each organization's already successful adopted standards for rapid deployment of OMI."

In the white paper, ODVA, Sercos International and the OPC Foundation describe the opportunity to optimize machinery integration for the manufacturing sector and provide an overview of an open, unified integration model for machinery communication including:

• Machinery in the industrial ecosystem;

• A shared vision of machinery in the Production domain;

• Industrial use cases for OMI; and

• OMI in practice.

NEW Automation Products

Photoelectric sensors user's guide

Tri-Tronics' new 2011-2012 catalog details their complete lines of photoelectric sensors, fiber optic light guides, and controls including a variety of newly-introduced products... Read more

Linear positioner for space-restricted applications

The MX45S linear positioner from Parker's Electromechanical Automation Division is a 45 mm wide miniature screw-driven positioner designed with anti-cage creep cross-roller bearings ... Read more

Modular safety controller expands safe I/O

Phoenix Contact's PSR-TRISAFE/M modular safety controller connects up to 10 safe digital I/O modules using a T-bus system ... Read more

Mobile data terminal improves safety, security and efficiency in a variety of in-vehicle, vertical markets

TREK-753 from Advantech-DLoG is a ruggedly-designed all-in-one 7-in. mobile data terminal with touchscreen suitable for in-vehicle applications where space, vibration, transient power, and temperature fluctuations damage most computer equipment.... Read more

Economical line of sensors and cables

Balluff's Global Line of inductive proximity sensors, photoelectric sensors, capacitive sensors, and supporting cables and accessories is an economically-priced general-purpose line of sensors ... Read more

High-performance low-voltage servo drive is useful in surveillance cameras, semiconductor wafer-handling processes & highly-sensitive medical applications

Portescap's LVD is a high-performance low-voltage servo drive designed to support small and large Brushed DC or Brushless motors ... Read more

Upcoming events:

WestPack
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
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.

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