Machinery & Automation

Packaging machines—large and small—make most consumer packaged goods possible. If a product cannot be efficiently manufactured, its sales will be limited and its life will be cut short. Automatic packaging lines—and the machines linked together to create a line—produce products at a rate that makes them viable in the marketplace.

Most packaging lines have three distinct sections: the front of the line (getting product and packaging materials to the line); middle of the line (getting the product into the package); and end of the line (getting the packaged product ready for shipping). The machines used at each point of the line vary by task, from depalletizers and orienters to fillers and labelers to case packers and unitizers.

The sale of manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic packaging machines is big business. The size of the global packaging machinery market is expected to increase to $41.8 billion by 2017, up an annual 4.6% from $33.4 billion in 2013, according to market research firm Freedonia Group.

Automation aids—such as human/machine interfaces (HMIs), sensors and motion-control devices—help control, monitor and improve the efficiency of the machines on a packaging line. Packaging Digest presents here the latest machinery components, technologies and equipment designed to help engineers get the most out of their packaging systems.

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Weigh the needs of your packaging operation as it relates to workforce interaction and skill, quality, safety, productivity and profitability when deciding to use semi-automated or fully automated packaging machines on your pr


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The Model XYM15 vertical form-fill-sealer offers the new option of replacing the typical hot-air sealer for making the back fin seal on bags with a vertical band sealer.


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Packaging Digest’s DIY Throwback Thursday packaging quiz poses several questions: What is this machine and what did it do? What era is it from?  How fast was it? And why did it end up in a museum?

 


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Selecting conveyors with hygienic design is critical to maintaining food safety on your packaging line. How do you recognize a hygienic design?


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Brands in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) markets that once enjoyed healthy mid-single-digit growth or better have encountered challenging headwinds recently.


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Expect a significant rise in use of packaging equipment with remote monitoring and connectivity with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the next couple of years as it becomes a “must have” to ensure companies remain e


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A new register sensor on the SP1 automatic film splicer helps minimize packaging material waste by matching registration marks on film webs to eliminate the need to re-register the film after a splice.


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Manufacturers worldwide rely on Anritsu’s contaminant detection and quality inspection equipment.  With over 50 years of experience and 130,000 installations globally, Anritsu’s leading-edge technology is trusted for superior


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By preventing adhesive degradation, the new PureFlow hose for hot-melt systems prevents unscheduled downtime due to restricted adhesive flow or charred pieces breaking away and blocking the nozzle.


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Advanced Design & Manufacturing Cleveland showcases five zones on one show floor: Packaging, Automation & Robotics, Design & Manufacturing, Plastics and Medtech.


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The R-100 shrink sleever is suitable for moderate speed applications from 30 to 100 round and non-round containers per minute. One customer application is for a sleeved, innovative EVOO-dispensing bottle.


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Connectivity within manufacturing and packaging plants brings efficiency, safety and better quality. And what packaging engineer doesn’t want that?


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Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems is a leading manufacturer and retailer of vacuum pumps, blowers, compressors and customized systems using vacuum technology.


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All Packaging Machinery Corporation was established in 1945, known then as Errich International Machinery. In 1982 Errich became All Packaging Machinery Corporation and moved its present headquarters to Ronkonkoma, New York.


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Pak-Tec offers a wide range of industrial coding, marking, and adhesive solutions with a focus on reliability, flexibility, and efficiency.  We are proud to represent some of the top names in the packaging industry such as Hit


Weigh the needs of your packaging operation as it relates to workforce interaction and skill, quality, safety, productivity and profitability when deciding to use semi-automated or fully automated packaging machines on your production line.

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The Model XYM15 vertical form-fill-sealer offers the new option of replacing the typical hot-air sealer for making the back fin seal on bags with a vertical band sealer. The system folds over the film to create a smooth, more aesthetic-looking...


Packaging Digest’s DIY Throwback Thursday packaging quiz poses several questions: What is this machine and what did it do? What era is it from?  How fast was it? And why did it end up in a museum?

 

Unplanned obsolescence has...


Selecting conveyors with hygienic design is critical to maintaining food safety on your packaging line. How do you recognize a hygienic design? Conveyor expert Ken Lento touches on a few features to look out for—both good and bad.

 

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Brands in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) markets that once enjoyed healthy mid-single-digit growth or better have encountered challenging headwinds recently. In this pressurized marketplace, Lean manufacturing is becoming more...


Expect a significant rise in use of packaging equipment with remote monitoring and connectivity with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the next couple of years as it becomes a “must have” to ensure companies remain effective in an...


A new register sensor on the SP1 automatic film splicer helps minimize packaging material waste by matching registration marks on film webs to eliminate the need to re-register the film after a splice.

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By preventing adhesive degradation, the new PureFlow hose for hot-melt systems prevents unscheduled downtime due to restricted adhesive flow or charred pieces breaking away and blocking the nozzle. It also minimizes preventive maintenance and hose...


The R-100 shrink sleever is suitable for moderate speed applications from 30 to 100 round and non-round containers per minute. One customer application is for a sleeved, innovative EVOO-dispensing bottle.

Adapting the design found in...


Connectivity within manufacturing and packaging plants brings efficiency, safety and better quality. And what packaging engineer doesn’t want that?

With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and remote monitoring technology, manufacturers...


The use of radio-frequency identification turned up on two diverse packaging machine introductions this fall, one on a 3-robot cartoning machine and the other on an inspection system.

 

I’d reported on news and applications  in radio-...


Ben Potenza, vp marketing at EquipNet Inc., a global online marketplace for used manufacturing and production equipment, offers advice for buyers and sellers of second-hand machinery.

 

What are the drivers behind the current...

Sleeve Seal FS1 Flex System

Don’t you wish there was a way to tap higher speeds on a packaging machine with little to no effort or expense? Wish granted. A new shrink-sleeve labeler “unlocks” higher speeds via software so you can start with (and pay for) entry level speeds...


Technology surrounding robotics, modularity and hygiene design for food packaging equipment and more are some of the on-trend developments to be presented during an exclusive insider tour during PackEx Montreal later this month.

 

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9500 vertical form-fill-sealer from Pacmac

Veteran packaging journalists file updates direct from the show floor, sharing hot news on emerging packaging technologies, exclusive interviews, new product debuts, video clips and more. Get the latest report here.

 

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The key to trouble-free case erecting is keeping the process simple. And no one simplifies case erecting like A.B. Sealer. Fewer steps and moving parts mean fewer things to go wrong. That’s why A.B. Sealer’s Maximum Series case erectors...


Our focus on leading edge, proven manufacturing methods has led to the design of many innovative Assembly and Packaging machines. The key to successful Automation projects is often the details. Proper project planning, scheduling, testing and...


Advent Labeling Machines are the ultimate in versatility whether you have pressure-sensitive or plain paper labels. They provide an economical method for labeling short runs with ease and accuracy. In operation, spot or wrap around labels are...


All Packaging Machinery Corporation was established in 1945, known then as Errich International Machinery. In 1982 Errich became All Packaging Machinery Corporation and moved its present headquarters to Ronkonkoma, New York. APM has been serving...


A leading manufacturer of filling, bagging, and weighing equipment for the last 50 years, All-Fill Inc. combines our engineering expertise with our experience from our technical specialists to ensure that a machine from All-Fill meets the needs of...


Allen Field is the choice manufacturer of proprietary and custom-designed fittings for the Packaging, Woodworking and Textile Industries. Our solutions-oriented approach continues to make us a recognized leader in the industry. Allen Field was...


The spiral elevators, flexible conveyors or dynamic accumulators fulfil a key role in many packaging, bottling and printing lines as well as a logistical link in distribution. AmbaFlex is a component supplier with a network of sales and service...


AmeriVacS is a manufacturer of high-performance, cleanroom-compatible vacuum sealers with gas purse for all heat-sealable bags. Digital temperature controls and custom designs are available. Two-year limited warranty and one-week trial period are...


Our engineering and custom design capability is the backbone of major systems used today in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, cosmetic and chemical industries. We are capable of filling virtually any product from powders, granules and creams...


For over 20 years AnC Precision Machining, Inc. has supplied parts and services for the most demanding applications on earth. Our aerospace division has been involved in every major aircraft development project including stealth technology. As a...


Manufacturers worldwide rely on Anritsu’s contaminant detection and quality inspection equipment.  With over 50 years of experience and 130,000 installations globally, Anritsu’s leading-edge technology is trusted for superior performance and...


Anser USA’s mission is to support the pharmaceutical, food & beverage and automotive industries with the highest quality most effective and technologically advanced track and trace equipment available. We are committed to responding to the...


ARMOR USA is strategically located in the heart of the Mid Western USA near Cincinnati Ohio, to ensure the most efficient logistics solution for the supply of Thermal Transfer ribbons to customers throughout North, South and Central America.

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Since 1973, Auger Manufacturing Specialists is the original manufacturer of all types, sizes, and shapes of augers and spiral flighting for the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, plastics, and chemical industries. More than 40 years in the business...


Auto Labe was established in 1967 in St. Petersburg, Florida with an original concept to build pressure sensitive labeling equipment that was simple to operate, easy to maintain, and economical to purchase. This concept remains the central focus...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to Thursday, March 30, 2017

Advanced Design & Manufacturing Cleveland showcases five zones on one show floor: Packaging, Automation & Robotics, Design & Manufacturing, Plastics and Medtech.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017

CPhI Japan 2017 gathers more than 19,000 pharma professionals together for a host of events that cover all aspects of the pharmaceutical supply chain, including packaging. Co-located with InnoPack.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 to Thursday, May 4, 2017

BIOMEDevice is New England’s source for every aspect of medical device design and development, including packaging solutions. Find the materials, technologies, ideas, equipment and suppliers you need.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At PackEx Toronto, benefit from hands-on access to the newest packaging and processing technologies, equipment and materials.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At ATX Canada 2017, be inspired by the latest technologies and insights applicable to packaging operation, including robotics, motion control, vision, rapid prototyping, software and more.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

Toronto Powder & Bulk Solids 2017 puts you face-to-face with North America’s leading suppliers displaying hundreds of solutions, including packaging, to help accelerate product-to-market.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

EastPack 2017 packages up new technologies and solutions from hundreds of suppliers. Plus, gain insights from the free presentations at Center Stage, Tech Theater and during the Innovation Tours.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

For more than 30 years, MD&M East has been the trusted resource for every aspect of medical device development, including packaging, to take your product from concept to commercialization.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

At ATX East 2017, meet with top automation experts and see solutions geared toward maximizing your packaging productivity and profitability.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quality drives productivity and productivity drives revenues. For critical packaging functions, Quality Expo 2017 brings focus to technology, equipment, materials and services that support quality.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

At MinnPack 2017, experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment first-hand, meet suppliers one-on-one and compare solutions side-by-side.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

Attend MD&M Minneapolis 2017 and find everything you need to design and develop the next generation of medical devices and equipment, including packaging solutions.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

ATX Minneapolis 2017 gives you direct access to knowledgeable suppliers, the latest technologies and networking opportunities. Plus it has access to five other related manufacturing events.