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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ADLink Technology’s gamified booth at Pack Expo showed how artificial intelligence could be leveraged for optimized palletizing, IoT, metadata, WMS and ERP in replacing hand scanning.

 


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New event-based machine vision technology offers increased productivity and equipment monitoring in industrial uses.


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The Herma 500 label applicator is an internet of things (IoT)-enabled system that achieves labeling speeds up to 200 meters per minute, handles label widths from 80 to 320 millimeters, and works with roll diameters from 300 to


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Detect-Plus, an add-on module for SmartDate thermal transfer overprinter coders, verifies the presence, position and quality of codes printed directly on film packaging.


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The new Flex E Pack all-in-one case packaging system combines an automatic case former and an automatic case sealer to create a single integrated system for operators looking to move beyond semi-automatic machinery with a comp


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A new line of robotic end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) equipment is designed to empower customers to build automated systems to fit their specific applications.


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Packagers’ desire for less packaging waste and greater operational efficiency, including improved infeed systems, is driving advancements in premade-pouch fillers/sealers.


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AI's unique OEE performance-enhancing, high-speed boost reduces setup times, false rejections and scrap for full-surround cap inspection.

 


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Designed specifically to integrate easily into other packaging machines—such as fillers and labelers—the new MPERIA OEM universal coding controller eliminates “screen confusion” by letting users control the coding operation fr


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AstroNova Inc. is giving labeling an intriguing twist with its new QuickLabel QL-300 printer.

2019 WestPack XPak Robox collaborative robot case erector

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Instead of minimizing changeover in your case erecting operation, how about eliminating it entirely?


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New automation technologies that help simplify your packaging operation can save installation time, cut costs and minimize floorspace. Here are three automation trends we saw in action at the recent WestPack show.

 


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The new X34 inspection system helps brands prevent costly recalls due to product defects by finding contaminants as small as 0.4 millimeters.


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As many production runs continue to get smaller, some product manufacturers have been looking beyond expensive, fast changeover systems to semi-automatic or even manual solutions.


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Once upon a time in 2018, a cobot manufacturer, a contract packager and Conagra all had compelling stories to tell of packaging production flexibility, optimization and sustainable performance.


ADLink Technology’s gamified booth at Pack Expo showed how artificial intelligence could be leveraged for optimized palletizing, IoT, metadata, WMS and ERP in replacing hand scanning.

 

The promise of gamification using artificial...


New event-based machine vision technology offers increased productivity and equipment monitoring in industrial uses. Enhancements in the product line include ultra-high-speed counting, real-time tracking, man/machine teaming and vibration...


The Herma 500 label applicator is an internet of things (IoT)-enabled system that achieves labeling speeds up to 200 meters per minute, handles label widths from 80 to 320 millimeters, and works with roll diameters from 300 to 600mm. From...


Detect-Plus, an add-on module for SmartDate thermal transfer overprinter coders, verifies the presence, position and quality of codes printed directly on film packaging. From...


The new Flex E Pack all-in-one case packaging system combines an automatic case former and an automatic case sealer to create a single integrated system for operators looking to move beyond semi-automatic machinery with a compact, ergonomic setup...


A new line of robotic end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) equipment is designed to empower customers to build automated systems to fit their specific applications. The line of 600 components from...


Packagers’ desire for less packaging waste and greater operational efficiency, including improved infeed systems, is driving advancements in premade-pouch fillers/sealers.

Packaging Digest asked executives from three equipment...


AI's unique OEE performance-enhancing, high-speed boost reduces setup times, false rejections and scrap for full-surround cap inspection.

 

There’s more to the CapQ Vision Inspection system from...


Designed specifically to integrate easily into other packaging machines—such as fillers and labelers—the new MPERIA OEM universal coding controller eliminates “screen confusion” by letting users control the coding operation from within the main...


AstroNova Inc. is giving labeling an intriguing twist with its new QuickLabel QL-300 printer. The electrophotographic (EP) printer uses white toner, in addition to four colors, and can print on a variety of label materials.

The QL-300 prints...

2019 WestPack XPak Robox collaborative robot case erector

Instead of minimizing changeover in your case erecting operation, how about eliminating it entirely? In a flexible setup that can accommodate up to 10 different size case magazines, a single collaborative robot is able to randomly pick and erect...


New automation technologies that help simplify your packaging operation can save installation time, cut costs and minimize floorspace. Here are three automation trends we saw in action at the recent WestPack show.

 

1. Self-...


The new X34 inspection system helps brands prevent costly recalls due to product defects by finding contaminants as small as 0.4 millimeters. And, unlike traditional X-ray systems, as it is being trained to inspect new packaged product by passing...


As many production runs continue to get smaller, some product manufacturers have been looking beyond expensive, fast changeover systems to semi-automatic or even manual solutions. And packaging machinery manufacturers are responding. Here’s one...


Once upon a time in 2018, a cobot manufacturer, a contract packager and Conagra all had compelling stories to tell of packaging production flexibility, optimization and sustainable performance.

Here, we present the top three packaging-...


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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