Interpack 2008: open for business!
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Packaging machinery buyers at interpack faced the daunting task of navigating through 19 different buildings. But you don’t have to, thanks to what you’re reading now. This is the first-ever video online report, ‘live’ from interpack, brought to you exclusively by Packaging Automation, the online magazine.
Interpack only comes once every 3 years, resulting in a massive undertaking. Many European OEMs save their big announcements for this show, so there’s plenty to see and do.
In our first of 3 video reports, following are some of the innovative designs identified by the engineers at ELAU, Schneider Electric’s packaging specialists and exclusive sponsor of Packaging Automation.
Following are just a few highlights from the first video report.
OPTIMA scores sustainability hit with soft cans
It’s a bag that thinks it’s a can.
At interpack, the ELAU-enabled SoftCan Maker from OPTIMA produced Cyclero® cans, a head-turning ‘can’ formed from flexible roll stock.
Just in time to address sustainability in packaging, Cyclero reduces material consumption up to 80% compared to bag packaging with the same volumes.
Combining strong shelf impact with an environmentally desirable, easy opening and reclosing package, Cyclero also does what no metal can can do – provide a transparent product display!
Cavanna integrates robotic cartoner and flow wrapper
Cavanna has delivered 50 of its Cartesio G35 ‘robotic island’ cartoning systems since last interpack. New for 2008 is a continuous motion carton transport during the filling process, thanks to an additional degree of freedom on the pick-and-place robot arm.
Both the robotic cartoner and the downstream Zero5 flow wrapper operating at interpack leverage ELAU’s open architecture automation technology to optimize integration and achieve perfect synchronization – without black box robot controllers.
In addition, the company launched an OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) capability that allows its customers to optimize up to 10 packaging systems together.
ELAU makes it simpler for OEMs to ‘take on’ robotics
Crowds gathered to watch ELAU’s latest delta 3 robot design, the Robot P3+, go through its paces. The ‘pluses’ in P3+ include an increased payload capacity and work envelope, Intelligent Servo Modules and new software integration with Cognex® vision systems.
Robotics in packaging is less about repetitive tasks and more about controlling space and controlling product. A robot is a simple way to accomplish these complex and dynamic tasks. ELAU’s robot mechanics make it easier for an OEM to deploy.
ELAU’s robot arms are built with the packaging industry in mind. Their delta robot features a bigger work envelope and can withstand more g-forces than general purpose robots to achieve the fastest possible production rates.
Combined with ELAU’s iSH Series Intelligent Servo Modules, robotic solutions become highly modular. The OEM can build a frame, hang the robots, and plug the robots into the iSH system using distribution boxes and a unified cabling system.
ACMA 32-head rotary liquid filler
Tool-less changeovers, modular design, easy to access and ultraclean -- ACMA’s new WM filling machine is the culmination of 25 years’ experience in electronic net weight filling systems.
The ELAU-equipped WM filling machine can handle the most complex container shapes with extreme care and simplicity. Its external filling valves and pressurization/depressurization system guided by ACMA’s patented VLS virtual level control system lets it handle all liquids, from high viscosity to high density, efficiently and precisely.
The automated WM filler is said to reduce changeover times by 30-40% with not tools required, with filling efficiency of over 99%. Modularity, with a common base for most machines, means fast lead times as well maximum flexibility over the life of the machine.