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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Want to know about new developments, options and what’s state-of-the-art for collaborative robots from an insider? Here’s expert advice and insights from a vendor’s technical support specialist.

 


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Installing a metal detector on a vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine is common for companies that use foil packaging for their products.


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Driverless vehicles have big advantages over human-driven forklifts, but many of them can only be driven over predetermined routes or need other human guidance.


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As more packaging lines look to robots for automation efficiencies, and more brands explore flexible packaging formats for shelf impact and sustainability advantages, the need for special handling options has risen.


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Food packaging safety contributor Gary Kestenbaum offers opinions on effective food safety practices when clients and equipment suppliers specify, design and integrate computer-assisted, robotic and other reduced resources/hig


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Some automation technologies—like robust human-machine interfaces (HMIs)—offer a lot of advantages in packaging production.


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The KHS Innoket Roland 40 has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour and is engineered for simple, reliable and economical labeling of cans and bottles.

 


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Our product line of Formost Baggers are the most flexible, most dependable in the world.


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FPC is a leading manufacturer of hot melt glue sticks and bulk form adhesives for a variety of packaging applications. Common uses are carton closing, specialty materials packaging and forming removable (fugitive) bonds.


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How can packaging engineers prevent packaging design bloopers from ruining packaging line efficiency?


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Robots were hot in 2017 and they’ll be hotter still in 2018. It was impossible to turn around without seeing a story about them.


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The new Videojet DataFlex 6330 thermal transfer coder marks a variety of substrates at speeds up to 500 packs per minute for a typical two-line code using a standard transfer ribbon.


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Cousins Packaging was founded in 1992.

We are a full-line manufacturer of stretch wrap machinery ranging from semi-automatics, to technically advanced customized automated systems sold worldwide.


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Massman Automation Designs, LLC has been providing innovative packaging systems for over 30 years to a wide variety of industries.


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Move over automated guided vehicles (AGVs).


Installing a metal detector on a vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine is common for companies that use foil packaging for their products. Until now, this required an extensive “metal-free zone” in the VFFS—but a new product dramatically eases...


Driverless vehicles have big advantages over human-driven forklifts, but many of them can only be driven over predetermined routes or need other human guidance. A new application programming interface (API) lets autonomous vehicles communicate...


As more packaging lines look to robots for automation efficiencies, and more brands explore flexible packaging formats for shelf impact and sustainability advantages, the need for special handling options has risen. Developing these solutions is...


Food packaging safety contributor Gary Kestenbaum offers opinions on effective food safety practices when clients and equipment suppliers specify, design and integrate computer-assisted, robotic and other reduced resources/high-capability...


Some automation technologies—like robust human-machine interfaces (HMIs)—offer a lot of advantages in packaging production. But newer technologies, like voice recognition paired with machine learning, have the potential to boost efficiencies to...


The KHS Innoket Roland 40 has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour and is engineered for simple, reliable and economical labeling of cans and bottles.

 

KHS Group’s family of Innoket labelers has grown with the...


How can packaging engineers prevent packaging design bloopers from ruining packaging line efficiency? Here’s a lesson learned from packaging innovation consultant Joe Pagliaro, whose manufacturing experience in consumer packaged goods spans more...


Robots were hot in 2017 and they’ll be hotter still in 2018. It was impossible to turn around without seeing a story about them. Often it was about how robots and artificial intelligence were going to put everyone out of work and that the world...


The new Videojet DataFlex 6330 thermal transfer coder marks a variety of substrates at speeds up to 500 packs per minute for a typical two-line code using a standard transfer ribbon. The all-electric system provides more control of the printhead...


Move over automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are taking over for packaging line replenishment and other manufacturing tasks because of their easy adaptability to ever-present changes in production. Here’s what you...


When it comes to packaging machinery, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) means getting all you can from your capital investment. But there are many ways to improve OEE. Here’s one you might not have thought of before.

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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. 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...


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...