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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With increasing global competition, packaging manufacturers want to produce the highest quality products at the lowest possible cost, using supplies sourced from around the globe.


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Go Green With Banding.™ Eliminate shrink wrap, packaging materials and inner cartons. Save $$ on energy costs.


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Robots are getting more human every day. Yet, have you ever seen a robot shed a tear of joy or gasp in surprise? Probably not…but they’re about to show their “sensitive” side.


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Robotics experts from Omron Automation, Rockwell Automation, Universal Robots and Yaskawa Motoman share eight insights and newsy updates in the fast-changing market for cobots.

 


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Billed as a “game-changing development” in terms of uptime and productivity, the new inFinity tunnel induction sealing coil can handle nearly all types of containers without the typical time-consuming coil changeover.


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A new sophisticated de-aeration technique allows multinational engineered materials manufacturer J.M. Huber Corp.


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Food manufacturers across the globe have been relying on x-ray technology since the early 1990s to protect consumers, reduce the risk of product recalls and safeguard their brands.


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In the last two years, respondents to the Packaging Digest Packaging CapEx study have said they expect their capital expenditures to be more than the previous year.


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Expert Gary Kestenbaum offers suggestions for addressing filler and filling risks to initiate a series of packaging equipment-focused food safety blogs across a typical packaging production line.

 


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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


Robotics experts from Omron Automation, Rockwell Automation, Universal Robots and Yaskawa Motoman share eight insights and newsy updates in the fast-changing market for cobots.

 

To anyone attending an industry event relating to...


Billed as a “game-changing development” in terms of uptime and productivity, the new inFinity tunnel induction sealing coil can handle nearly all types of containers without the typical time-consuming coil changeover.

According to...


A new sophisticated de-aeration technique allows multinational engineered materials manufacturer J.M. Huber Corp. to be the first to package precipitated amorphous silica on a form-fill-seal machine into polyethylene bags instead of paper bags....


Food manufacturers across the globe have been relying on x-ray technology since the early 1990s to protect consumers, reduce the risk of product recalls and safeguard their brands.

Two types of x-ray technology are used for food inspection...


In the last two years, respondents to the Packaging Digest Packaging CapEx study have said they expect their capital expenditures to be more than the previous year. Will this spending pattern for packaging machinery continue? We invite...


Expert Gary Kestenbaum offers suggestions for addressing filler and filling risks to initiate a series of packaging equipment-focused food safety blogs across a typical packaging production line.

 

Filling at the manufacturing stage is...


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...


Axon, powered by Pro Mach, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011 as a leading innovator and manufacturer of shrink sleeve applicators, stretch sleeve applicators and heat shrink tunnels for the worldwide packaging industry. An expanding...


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of manufacturing technology and services across a broad spectrum of industries. Through our vision of “Achieving Principled Results on Purpose,” we remain committed to the creation of a business...


Your Material Handling Turnkey Solution

Bastian Solutions is an independent system integrator dedicated to helping our customers increase their productivity through proven automation, information systems, and sound operating procedures. We...


Bedford Industries, Inc. a family-owned company, founded in 1966, started as a manufacturer of wire twist ties. With an innovated mind-set, Bedford has expanded into all types of identification products, elastomer integrations, adhesive technology...


Bell-Mark is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of in-line coding and printing equipment. For over 50 years, Bell-Mark has been developing innovative solutions for package and carton printing applications in the meat, medical...


At BPA, we know it is our reputation that makes us successful. Starting from initial contact through project management and commissioning, including service and support, we aim to please. Our sales and engineering teams work closely with you to...


Bonar Plastics has been a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of material handling container solutions for over 50 years, which has resulted in the industry’s most diverse product offering in both standard and custom design...


Bosch Rexroth. The Drive & Control Company.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the...


Brenton Engineering specializes in what is know as "end-of-line packaging" - or in other words, the final packaging before a product is shipped. Using the example of a product such as bottled water, Brenton can design and build a machine to wrap...


Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. Our U.S.A. corporate office, located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was established in the US on April 21, 1954 and markets many...


Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems is a leading manufacturer and retailer of vacuum pumps, blowers, compressors and customized systems using vacuum technology. Busch offers over 50 years of experience and the largest selection of industrial vacuum...


Over 65 years of manufacturing quality horizontal flow wrappers and feeding equipment. Campbell Wrapper Corporation (formerly FMC Packaging Systems Division and Sasib Packaging) provides complete packaging solutions to many industries.

The...


We also have our HDPE film interlayer StabuFilm®, our honeycomb range of products and capabilities with StabuComb®. We also offer our push-pull anti-slip coated slip-sheet Ecologistik® ideal for...


Chain Tail Co Ltd specializes in the production of various electromagnetic clutches and brakes, with more than 30 years of experience. The company has more than 2,000 types of clutches and brakes. Products can be provided per the customer's...


Since the beginning of our company’s establishment in 1977, Chung Shan Machinery Works Co., Ltd. has been an industry leader with its wide range of superior quality form-fill-Seal Packaging Machinery. We have put forward a variety of innovative...