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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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.


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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.


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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.


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“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” That famous quote from the movie “Cool Hand Luke” applies all too often to Marketing and Manufacturing departments. Don’t get me wrong, Marketing has to be king.


Company

Gem Marking & Coding is a premier provider of product identification equipment and inks for any application.


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New features on Bosch SVE vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machines help improve the neatness of seals to consistently create attractive packages for when appearance really matters—and, in today’s highly competitive market, when


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Hackers, ransomware and cyberattacks: What does it mean to a modern packaging production facility where connectivity is crucial? And what can be done?

 


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ID Technology, a brand of Pro Mach, is a manufacturer and integrator of labeling, coding and marking equipment.

SureCode: Integrated Drying & Inkjet Coding

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A common reason for a bad inkjet code on a package has nothing to do with the coder but everything to do with the package. When water or dirt covers the surface, the ink cannot latch on—and the code becomes compromised.

8 Head Poly Filler Gallons | Liquid Filling Machine | E-PAK Machinery

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Corrosive or acidic liquids can potentially cause serious damage to packaging machinery if the systems aren’t designed to handle these products.


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ADM Cleveland 2018 showcases the latest in robotics, automation, plastics, packaging and design engineering.


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SPG USA, Inc is the U.S.


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October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness month and a good time to remind packaging professionals of their options in providing jobs and fostering new career paths for qualified people who face barriers to employme


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Without adding any extra height to the machine, the Morpheus XL vertical form-fill-sealer can produce bags up to 15 inches wide and up to 48 inches long.


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High pressure processing vendor Hiperbaric’s innovative bulk production system permits the use of glass bottles, metal cans and beverage cartons for HPP.

 


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...


“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” That famous quote from the movie “Cool Hand Luke” applies all too often to Marketing and Manufacturing departments. Don’t get me wrong, Marketing has to be king. If they can’t sell it, there’s no...


New features on Bosch SVE vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machines help improve the neatness of seals to consistently create attractive packages for when appearance really matters—and, in today’s highly competitive market, when does it not? Being...


Hackers, ransomware and cyberattacks: What does it mean to a modern packaging production facility where connectivity is crucial? And what can be done?

 

Your production operations have been optimized with advanced servo-driven...

SureCode: Integrated Drying & Inkjet Coding

A common reason for a bad inkjet code on a package has nothing to do with the coder but everything to do with the package. When water or dirt covers the surface, the ink cannot latch on—and the code becomes compromised. The new SureCode dual unit...

8 Head Poly Filler Gallons | Liquid Filling Machine | E-PAK Machinery

Corrosive or acidic liquids can potentially cause serious damage to packaging machinery if the systems aren’t designed to handle these products. However, production lines can avoid these issues through the use of specialized liquid filling...


October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness month and a good time to remind packaging professionals of their options in providing jobs and fostering new career paths for qualified people who face barriers to employment because of...


Without adding any extra height to the machine, the Morpheus XL vertical form-fill-sealer can produce bags up to 15 inches wide and up to 48 inches long. This gives users the flexibility to run retail and institutional sizes on the same...


High pressure processing vendor Hiperbaric’s innovative bulk production system permits the use of glass bottles, metal cans and beverage cartons for HPP.

 

Held last month in Chicago, Process Expo is all about food and beverages,...


Using Microsoft advanced digital technology, service technicians from Tetra Pak were able to cut downtime on 17 food packaging lines, during a six-month trial, by up to 48 hours for each line. That’s two extra days of production for its customers...


A packaging engineer identifies the three common industry activities that characterize the regular duties of a packaging engineer in any supply chain in today’s fast-paced market.

 

When I first transferred into the packaging program...


The floor-level FL6200SW can stack and stretch-wrap a wide variety of challenging package types including unwrapped trays, shrink pads, film-only bundles and more.

 

The new FL6200SW combines high-speed stretch wrap technology with a...


Lip balms, deodorants, cosmetics, candles, car wax, and certain pharmaceuticals are typically filled in a hot liquid state and then cooled to a solid form. Without proper cooling, these heated products can not only cause damage to boxes and other...


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...


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...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 to Thursday, February 8, 2018

WestPack 2018 delivers leading technologies, free educational presentations, hands-on demonstrations and expert-led Innovation Tours.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 to Thursday, February 8, 2018

At MD&M West 2018, find answers to your medtech challenges—from prototyping to packaging.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 to Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pharmapack Europe 2018 is Europe's dedicated pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery event.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 to Thursday, March 8, 2018

ADM Cleveland 2018 showcases the latest in robotics, automation, plastics, packaging and design engineering.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Thursday, April 19, 2018

From contract packaging/manufacturing to components, BIOMEDevice Boston 2018 helps you develop the next gen of medical devices.

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

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

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.

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.