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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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.

 


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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.


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What do a cobotic case loader, a low-volume capper and a compact labeler have in common? They all offer beverage packaging engineers new production options. And you can see all three of these new systems at Drinktec 2017.


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This new checkweigher saves footprint space by putting its electrical components and cables inside the frame.


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Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable.


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For the ultimate in production flexibility and floor-space utilization for its secondary packaging operation, Switzerland’s Schützengarten brewery recently installed a robotic cartoning system that nearly doubled the output of


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More than 800 supply chain and information technology (IT) professionals from 32 countries participated in the fourth annual “Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling” survey conducted by Loftware.


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“Hey, Siri. Does the cartoner magazine need to be refilled on Packaging Line 4?” With artificial intelligence (AI)—a.k.a.


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The Medical 8000S thermoform-fill-seal machine produces a range of packaging including flexible packaging, semi-rigid packaging, rigid packaging, modified atmosphere packaging and more. 

 


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Because product giveaway = profit giveaway, you need to fix inefficient filling lines as soon as you can.


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Bosch Rexroth. The Drive & Control Company.


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We unpack some of the fun, free and forward-thinking activities that are part of the package deal you’ll find on-site in New York City June 13-15 during the EastPack/Advanced Design & Manufacturing show.

 


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Scalability of a packaging machine means inevitable changes in the future are covered. But what about meeting today’s demanding needs for flexibility?

tna robag 5 case packer

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A new machine design for handling and collating small- to medium-sized pillow-style bags from one or several form-fill-sealers enables the robag 5 case packer to hit speeds of 300 bags per minute, which the manufacturer says i

New Zalkin FillCapp system at interpack 2017

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The new FillCapp system from Zalkin, shown at interpack 2017, is designed to serve small, cost-conscious customers or contract packagers looking for the ultimate in production flexibility.


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...


What do a cobotic case loader, a low-volume capper and a compact labeler have in common? They all offer beverage packaging engineers new production options. And you can see all three of these new systems at Drinktec 2017.

If you’re in the...


This new checkweigher saves footprint space by putting its electrical components and cables inside the frame. Minus a bulky electrical cabinet, the checkweigher can fit inside existing filling systems, as well as other packaging equipment. Helping...


For the ultimate in production flexibility and floor-space utilization for its secondary packaging operation, Switzerland’s Schützengarten brewery recently installed a robotic cartoning system that nearly doubled the output of multipacks.

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More than 800 supply chain and information technology (IT) professionals from 32 countries participated in the fourth annual “Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling” survey conducted by Loftware. The results show five significant shifts in labeling...


“Hey, Siri. Does the cartoner magazine need to be refilled on Packaging Line 4?” With artificial intelligence (AI)—a.k.a. machine learning—and voice activation, packaging line operators could be more aware of what needs to be done and when. Would...


The Medical 8000S thermoform-fill-seal machine produces a range of packaging including flexible packaging, semi-rigid packaging, rigid packaging, modified atmosphere packaging and more. 

 

The Medical 8000S thermoform-fill-seal (TFS)...


Because product giveaway = profit giveaway, you need to fix inefficient filling lines as soon as you can. A new option on the Versa checkweigher identifies when the filling machine produces overweight packages—as well as underweight ones—to help...


We unpack some of the fun, free and forward-thinking activities that are part of the package deal you’ll find on-site in New York City June 13-15 during the EastPack/Advanced Design & Manufacturing show.

 

The New York City...


Scalability of a packaging machine means inevitable changes in the future are covered. But what about meeting today’s demanding needs for flexibility?

The new Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform Flat) four-side-sealed pouch machine from Bosch...

tna robag 5 case packer

A new machine design for handling and collating small- to medium-sized pillow-style bags from one or several form-fill-sealers enables the robag 5 case packer to hit speeds of 300 bags per minute, which the manufacturer says is the fastest system...

New Zalkin FillCapp system at interpack 2017

The new FillCapp system from Zalkin, shown at interpack 2017, is designed to serve small, cost-conscious customers or contract packagers looking for the ultimate in production flexibility. The filler/capper sells for less than $100,000, has a...


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. But in doing so, these organizations spend enormous amounts of time...


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.

New 6-axis force/torque sensors from robotics manufacturer...


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, 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.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Wednesday, November 8, 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.

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.