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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On Oct. 3, 2018, collaborative robot trailblazer Rethink Robotics shocked the industrial automation world by closing down its business. Since then, two companies have stepped up to carry on the company’s legacy. On Oct.


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Robots are joining the industrial human workforce in large numbers. But how do workers know if the machine beside them is an inherently-safe collaborative robot or not?


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Motors serve as integral components of motion control systems for industrial conveyors. Typically, conveyor applications operate at either a constant or variable speed, requiring only velocity control from a main drive motor.


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When it comes to manufacturing packaging for their products, businesses are keenly aware of the importance of using equipment that is up-to-date and in perfect working order.


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Intelligent integration of automation in your packaging operation starts long before a company places an order for its first robot, says Rick Brookshire, group product manager at Epson.


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Flexible production—being able to run one pack style today and a different one tomorrow—ensures a competitive edge in the market.


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Is your packaging line efficiency plagued by start-up and changeover slow-downs? Does your package quality suffer because of inconsistencies caused by operators who are constantly tweaking machine settings?


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High-pressure processing takes a major step forward with the startup of the world’s first bulk processing system at Go Fruselva in Spain that ‘unpackages’ the technology to allow a range of packaging formats.

 


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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.


On Oct. 3, 2018, collaborative robot trailblazer Rethink Robotics shocked the industrial automation world by closing down its business. Since then, two companies have stepped up to carry on the company’s legacy. On Oct. 25, German robotic...


Robots are joining the industrial human workforce in large numbers. But how do workers know if the machine beside them is an inherently-safe collaborative robot or not? Robotics expert John Henry champions for an industry standard color for cobots...


Motors serve as integral components of motion control systems for industrial conveyors. Typically, conveyor applications operate at either a constant or variable speed, requiring only velocity control from a main drive motor. Positioning conveyors...


When it comes to manufacturing packaging for their products, businesses are keenly aware of the importance of using equipment that is up-to-date and in perfect working order. The high precision required to produce efficiently, quickly and with no...


Intelligent integration of automation in your packaging operation starts long before a company places an order for its first robot, says Rick Brookshire, group product manager at Epson. It starts with asking the right questions—examining current...


Flexible production—being able to run one pack style today and a different one tomorrow—ensures a competitive edge in the market. That’s the advantage of a new thermoformer that can produce rigid and flexible formats—including skin, vacuum and...


Is your packaging line efficiency plagued by start-up and changeover slow-downs? Does your package quality suffer because of inconsistencies caused by operators who are constantly tweaking machine settings? How helpful would it be to have clear...


High-pressure processing takes a major step forward with the startup of the world’s first bulk processing system at Go Fruselva in Spain that ‘unpackages’ the technology to allow a range of packaging formats.

 

With the startup of a...


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...


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.

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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...