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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Want to know about new developments, options and what’s state-of-the-art for collaborative robots from an insider? Here’s expert advice and insights from a vendor’s technical support specialist.

 


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Installing a metal detector on a vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine is common for companies that use foil packaging for their products.


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Driverless vehicles have big advantages over human-driven forklifts, but many of them can only be driven over predetermined routes or need other human guidance.


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As more packaging lines look to robots for automation efficiencies, and more brands explore flexible packaging formats for shelf impact and sustainability advantages, the need for special handling options has risen.


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Food packaging safety contributor Gary Kestenbaum offers opinions on effective food safety practices when clients and equipment suppliers specify, design and integrate computer-assisted, robotic and other reduced resources/hig


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Some automation technologies—like robust human-machine interfaces (HMIs)—offer a lot of advantages in packaging production.


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The KHS Innoket Roland 40 has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour and is engineered for simple, reliable and economical labeling of cans and bottles.

 


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Our product line of Formost Baggers are the most flexible, most dependable in the world.


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FPC is a leading manufacturer of hot melt glue sticks and bulk form adhesives for a variety of packaging applications. Common uses are carton closing, specialty materials packaging and forming removable (fugitive) bonds.


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How can packaging engineers prevent packaging design bloopers from ruining packaging line efficiency?


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Robots were hot in 2017 and they’ll be hotter still in 2018. It was impossible to turn around without seeing a story about them.


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The new Videojet DataFlex 6330 thermal transfer coder marks a variety of substrates at speeds up to 500 packs per minute for a typical two-line code using a standard transfer ribbon.


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Cousins Packaging was founded in 1992.

We are a full-line manufacturer of stretch wrap machinery ranging from semi-automatics, to technically advanced customized automated systems sold worldwide.


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Massman Automation Designs, LLC has been providing innovative packaging systems for over 30 years to a wide variety of industries.


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Move over automated guided vehicles (AGVs).


Want to know about new developments, options and what’s state-of-the-art for collaborative robots from an insider? Here’s expert advice and insights from a vendor’s technical support specialist.

 

During Advanced Design &...


Installing a metal detector on a vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine is common for companies that use foil packaging for their products. Until now, this required an extensive “metal-free zone” in the VFFS—but a new product dramatically eases...


Driverless vehicles have big advantages over human-driven forklifts, but many of them can only be driven over predetermined routes or need other human guidance. A new application programming interface (API) lets autonomous vehicles communicate...


As more packaging lines look to robots for automation efficiencies, and more brands explore flexible packaging formats for shelf impact and sustainability advantages, the need for special handling options has risen. Developing these solutions is...


Food packaging safety contributor Gary Kestenbaum offers opinions on effective food safety practices when clients and equipment suppliers specify, design and integrate computer-assisted, robotic and other reduced resources/high-capability...


Some automation technologies—like robust human-machine interfaces (HMIs)—offer a lot of advantages in packaging production. But newer technologies, like voice recognition paired with machine learning, have the potential to boost efficiencies to...


The KHS Innoket Roland 40 has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour and is engineered for simple, reliable and economical labeling of cans and bottles.

 

KHS Group’s family of Innoket labelers has grown with the...


How can packaging engineers prevent packaging design bloopers from ruining packaging line efficiency? Here’s a lesson learned from packaging innovation consultant Joe Pagliaro, whose manufacturing experience in consumer packaged goods spans more...


Robots were hot in 2017 and they’ll be hotter still in 2018. It was impossible to turn around without seeing a story about them. Often it was about how robots and artificial intelligence were going to put everyone out of work and that the world...


The new Videojet DataFlex 6330 thermal transfer coder marks a variety of substrates at speeds up to 500 packs per minute for a typical two-line code using a standard transfer ribbon. The all-electric system provides more control of the printhead...


Move over automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are taking over for packaging line replenishment and other manufacturing tasks because of their easy adaptability to ever-present changes in production. Here’s what you...


When it comes to packaging machinery, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) means getting all you can from your capital investment. But there are many ways to improve OEE. Here’s one you might not have thought of before.

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Attention to detail differentiates contract packager Cascata Packaging LLC in the flexible packaging service market for viscous liquids like baby food and sports nutrition products. The company’s transparency, integrity and customer-friendly...


Industry 4.0, cobots and new processing methods are all revolutionizing today’s packaging operations—and packaging engineers are eager to learn what they can to leverage these technologies. As part of our end-of-the-year review, we’ve identified...


As more packaging machines and production lines gain coveted Industry 4.0 connection capabilities, the threat of hacking grows. Yet most companies have no cyber security solutions in place, much less a strategy. What should they do? A recent study...


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...


ACASI Machinery was founded with the main purpose of delivering excellent quality machines at reasonable prices, something the packaging machinery industry has been missing for years.

We get our machines from our 40,000 square feet factory...


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...


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...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to Thursday, April 26, 2018

CPhI North America 2018 is the epicenter for pharma innovation, emerging trends, insights and education.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to Thursday, June 14, 2018

MD&M East 2018, now in its 34th year, is the largest medtech event on the East Coast.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to Thursday, June 14, 2018

EastPack 2018 highlights two industry mega-trends: smart manufacturing and 3D printing. See the latest cobots and a dedicated 3D Printing Zone.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 to Thursday, November 1, 2018

Back for its 15th year, MinnPack 2018 brings you the latest packaging equipment, automation and design ideas.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 to Thursday, November 1, 2018

MD&M Minneapolis 2018 features an expanded conference, sessions on the expo floor, networking activities and expert-led Innovation Tours.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 to Thursday, November 15, 2018

PackEx 2018 is Québec’s largest, most comprehensive packaging event. Explore the latest innovations, processes and new products.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 to Thursday, December 6, 2018

Celebrating its 10th year, BIOMEDevice San Jose serves Silicon Valley's thriving medical device design and manufacturing industry.