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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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.


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Almost a quarter of respondents to an exclusive survey being done by Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News say the package integrity tests they currently use do not meet their needs.


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We also have our MDPE film interlayer StabuFilm®, our honeycomb range of products and capabilities with StabuComb®.


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The history of information technology is in large part the story of computers getting smaller but more powerful. Industrial computing is no different.


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One of the greatest general advancements in industrial computing has been the advent of additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing.


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One of the biggest ongoing challenges in consumer goods material handling is how to accommodate the rise of ecommerce.


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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.

 


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...


Almost a quarter of respondents to an exclusive survey being done by Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News say the package integrity tests they currently use do not meet their needs. Packaging professionals searching for new options in...


The history of information technology is in large part the story of computers getting smaller but more powerful. Industrial computing is no different. Microprocessors are fitting more functionality and connectivity into smaller frames, making...


One of the greatest general advancements in industrial computing has been the advent of additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing. Packaging is at the forefront of industries that can benefit from 3D printing.

Some of the...


One of the biggest ongoing challenges in consumer goods material handling is how to accommodate the rise of ecommerce. Many product manufacturers are opting to handle fulfillment in house and need to augment their typical pallet-load unitizing...


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.

 

During Advanced Design &...


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...


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...