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Cabinet-free packaging machines?

In the last edition of this newsletter, we featured a handful of new developments that Packaging World Blogger and Contributing Editor Keith Campbell found at interpack 2014. Here’s three more.

• Will cabinet-free packaging machines be next? Gerhard Schubert GmbH showed a system at interpack that did away with the well known and sometimes scorned electrical/pneumatic control cabinets. With IP65- and perhaps even IP69-rated sensors, motors, drives, cylinders, power supply, logic box, and HMI screens, an entire machine might be wired together with plugs and cables, with all of the components mounted at the point of use with the possible exception of the electrical disconnect and fuses, although there is no theoretical reason that these, too, could not also be self contained. For the machine builder, this allows a very modular design and a smaller footprint. And the detailed engineering can largely be done by the component suppliers. Which raises the question of what do we need an electrical controls engineer for anymore? One drawback of this approach is cable management. Bundled cables create many hard-to-clean crevices where dust and bugs will love to congregate. I saw some terrible cable management schemes on the floor. Those machine builders might want to study machinery OEMS that focus on pharmaceutical operations to see how they do it.

• The term "printing" has developed new meanings well beyond what we might have thought of a few years ago. Today's printing applications include at-line label printing that truly allows for package order quantities of one. Some European beverage companies have already implemented campaigns where the package is fully personalized. A more pervasive use may be to customize labels to varying requirements of different states or countries. Watch out for the big box retailers wanting their own custom labels. And why couldn't we use packages like newspapers carrying the results of the latest sporting events delivered the next day?

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