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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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Finding affordable automation for small-volume operations—like start-up companies or productions with frequent changeovers—is about as hard as finding a teenager not affixed to a smartphone.

ROBOBLOWFIL S8

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At the risk of annoying some of my machine-builder friends, I think the current approach to robots and packaging machinery is backwards.


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Pharmaceutical brand owners and the contract packagers that serve them are driving advancements in blister-packaging equipment that include faster changeover, compatibility with multiple blister formats and ease of operation.


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Most of us lead a data-driven life via our phones, watches and other devices. However, most of the time, we don’t harness much of the information that’s available to us.


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How packaging operations can improve by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning.

 


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The packaging industry requires fast, precise motion control—and automation company B&R is rising to the challenge with its newest ACOPOSmulti multi-axis servo drive.


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The intermittent-motion BVM Compacta 5022 is a mid-range overwrapping machine in a fully automatic platform with auto-adjust operation that covers a wide range of applications thanks to its dynamic flexibility.


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The new Thermocode iQ² thermal transfer printer answers the coding needs of packaging operations with high quality prints at top speeds.


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How data science intersects with machine engineering for smarter and more valuable packaging operations.

 


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Line of semi-automatic units use film rolls and can also produce an innovative new air-filled paper pillow pack set to debut at PackEx Toronto.

 


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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


Finding affordable automation for small-volume operations—like start-up companies or productions with frequent changeovers—is about as hard as finding a teenager not affixed to a smartphone. But the need is great and packaging machinery...

ROBOBLOWFIL S8

At the risk of annoying some of my machine-builder friends, I think the current approach to robots and packaging machinery is backwards.

Lots of packaging machines incorporate robots as components. Loading product into cases and cartons is a...


Pharmaceutical brand owners and the contract packagers that serve them are driving advancements in blister-packaging equipment that include faster changeover, compatibility with multiple blister formats and ease of operation.

Packaging...


Most of us lead a data-driven life via our phones, watches and other devices. However, most of the time, we don’t harness much of the information that’s available to us. It’s either overwhelming or we don’t have the time to review the data. This...


How packaging operations can improve by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning.

 

In...


The packaging industry requires fast, precise motion control—and automation company B&R is rising to the challenge with its newest ACOPOSmulti multi-axis servo drive.

The latest iteration of the servo drive is faster than ever, improving...


The intermittent-motion BVM Compacta 5022 is a mid-range overwrapping machine in a fully automatic platform with auto-adjust operation that covers a wide range of applications thanks to its dynamic flexibility. The Compacta 5022 adapts easily to a...


The new Thermocode iQ² thermal transfer printer answers the coding needs of packaging operations with high quality prints at top speeds.

To debut at...


How data science intersects with machine engineering for smarter and more valuable packaging operations.

 

Spend a little time investigating the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on packaging equipment and processing lines and it...


Line of semi-automatic units use film rolls and can also produce an innovative new air-filled paper pillow pack set to debut at PackEx Toronto.

 

The increase in ecommerce is putting more demands on companies and on the amount and type...


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...


Axon, powered by Pro Mach, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011 as a leading innovator and manufacturer of shrink sleeve applicators, stretch sleeve applicators and heat shrink tunnels for the worldwide packaging industry. An expanding...


AZCO Corp. is excited to introduce their new 5D desiccant dispenser.  This unit is compact in size, easy to use, and affordable.  With dimensions of 7”x12”x14”, the 5D dispenser is smaller than other dispensers, by far.  Just plug it in for easy...


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of manufacturing technology and services across a broad spectrum of industries. Through our vision of “Achieving Principled Results on Purpose,” we remain committed to the creation of a business...


Your Material Handling Turnkey Solution

Bastian Solutions is an independent system integrator dedicated to helping our customers increase their productivity through proven automation, information systems, and sound operating procedures. We...


Bedford Industries, Inc. a family-owned company, founded in 1966, started as a manufacturer of wire twist ties. With an innovated mind-set, Bedford has expanded into all types of identification products, elastomer integrations, adhesive technology...


Bell-Mark is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of in-line coding and printing equipment. For over 50 years, Bell-Mark has been developing innovative solutions for package and carton printing applications in the meat, medical...


At BPA, we know it is our reputation that makes us successful. Starting from initial contact through project management and commissioning, including service and support, we aim to please. Our sales and engineering teams work closely with you to...


Bonar Plastics has been a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of material handling container solutions for over 50 years, which has resulted in the industry’s most diverse product offering in both standard and custom design...


Bosch Rexroth. The Drive & Control Company.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the...


Brenton Engineering specializes in what is know as "end-of-line packaging" - or in other words, the final packaging before a product is shipped. Using the example of a product such as bottled water, Brenton can design and build a machine to wrap...


Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. Our U.S.A. corporate office, located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was established in the US on April 21, 1954 and markets many...


Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems is a leading manufacturer and retailer of vacuum pumps, blowers, compressors and customized systems using vacuum technology. Busch offers a unique range of solutions, support services and technical expertise to meet...


Over 65 years of manufacturing quality horizontal flow wrappers and feeding equipment. Campbell Wrapper Corporation (formerly FMC Packaging Systems Division and Sasib Packaging) provides complete packaging solutions to many industries.

The...


We also have our MDPE film interlayer StabuFilm®, our honeycomb range of products and capabilities with StabuComb®. We also offer our push-pull anti-slip coated slip-sheet Ecologistik® ideal for...


Chain Tail Co Ltd specializes in the production of various electromagnetic clutches and brakes, with more than 30 years of experience. The company has more than 2,000 types of clutches and brakes. Products can be provided per the customer's...