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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Are you involved in the implementation or modification of aging equipment with the objective of producing packaged food products?


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A new portfolio of automation products, called Pak/iQ, targets the pain points of end users deploying smart packaging machines.


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Quick, efficient and accurate packaging is a crucial part of manufacturing and related sectors, especially for companies dealing with food products or pharmaceuticals.


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How easy is it for your packaging line to accommodate new products and new packages, especially when you have limited floor space?


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Software incompatibility is one of the biggest bugaboos in business, and packaging is no exception.


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Innovation in today’s packaging machinery often comes from the advanced design of its “smart” parts, including those for motion control.


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Most human-machine interface (HMI) software is designed for operational management, with maintenance as an afterthought.


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Packaging machines are benefitting from advanced technologies in controls and connectivity to the industrial internet of things (IIoT).


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Electric motors used in packaging equipment are smaller, more energy efficient and more versatile, which is good news for their customers and end users.


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The collaborative robots vendor that introduced Baxter to the world in 2012 and Sawyer in 2015 evaluates cobots' opportunities in packaging today.

 


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Is hot melt adhesive the disenfranchised stepchild of your manufacturing operation? If not, good.


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Most manufacturing operations have a graveyard of unused equipment. Those machines come in handy, though, when a plant has to cobble together a packaging line either in a hurry or on a budget, or both.


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To optimize packaging line logistics, a new industrial version of a mobile autonomous robot was designed to automatically collect, transport and deliver pallets holding more than 1,100 pounds at speeds of nearly 4.5 miles per


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One of the best strategies to improve packaging operations is to solicit ideas from the people who are on the plant floor, actually dealing with the machines and packaging materials.


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The PNP-1 (Pick n Place) system allows empty pouches and bags to be labeled at up to 60 units a minute.


Are you involved in the implementation or modification of aging equipment with the objective of producing packaged food products? Packaging consultant Gary Kestenbaum has some thoughts for you to consider as you tackle a retrofit project.

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A new portfolio of automation products, called Pak/iQ, targets the pain points of end users deploying smart packaging machines. Pak/iQ machinery parts and code can be used with bottling, pillow-pack and wrapping equipment to increase production,...


Quick, efficient and accurate packaging is a crucial part of manufacturing and related sectors, especially for companies dealing with food products or pharmaceuticals. Conveyors have always been important elements of this process, even if they...


How easy is it for your packaging line to accommodate new products and new packages, especially when you have limited floor space? A new line of compact labelers from a major equipment manufacturer has the potential to meet a range of user...


Software incompatibility is one of the biggest bugaboos in business, and packaging is no exception. Graphics are a particular challenge; often the most popular formats are not supported by the software that actually runs the equipment.

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Innovation in today’s packaging machinery often comes from the advanced design of its “smart” parts, including those for motion control. A new hydraulic actuator combines the power of standard hydraulic actuators with the speed and precision of...


Most human-machine interface (HMI) software is designed for operational management, with maintenance as an afterthought. The screens can only deliver a limited amount of information to maintenance personnel, who must look elsewhere for...


Packaging machines are benefitting from advanced technologies in controls and connectivity to the industrial internet of things (IIoT). Here’s an example: Human-machine interface (HMI) software is breaking free of the strictures placed on it by...


Electric motors used in packaging equipment are smaller, more energy efficient and more versatile, which is good news for their customers and end users. Here is how those improvements answer the needs of today’s packaging lines.

 

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The collaborative robots vendor that introduced Baxter to the world in 2012 and Sawyer in 2015 evaluates cobots' opportunities in packaging today.

 

The second in Packaging Digest’s series of interviews with collaborative...


Is hot melt adhesive the disenfranchised stepchild of your manufacturing operation? If not, good. But if you’ve had ongoing issues with solid adhesive control, expense, functionality, sanitation and related, it might be worth your while to put...


Most manufacturing operations have a graveyard of unused equipment. Those machines come in handy, though, when a plant has to cobble together a packaging line either in a hurry or on a budget, or both. Here are five tips to remember when faced...


To optimize packaging line logistics, a new industrial version of a mobile autonomous robot was designed to automatically collect, transport and deliver pallets holding more than 1,100 pounds at speeds of nearly 4.5 miles per hour.

The new...


One of the best strategies to improve packaging operations is to solicit ideas from the people who are on the plant floor, actually dealing with the machines and packaging materials. And contests are a great way to incentivize employees to come...


The PNP-1 (Pick n Place) system allows empty pouches and bags to be labeled at up to 60 units a minute. Manufactured by HSAUSA LLC and distributed by...


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...

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