Encoder helps make packaging machines operate faster

The Sendix F58 encoders combine certified EtherNet/IP support with patented mechanical and electro-optic technologies for accuracy and reliability. These optical absolute single- and multi-turn EtherNet/IP encoders have a diameter of 58 mm. The encoders have a RPI time as low as 1 ms, which allows them to transmit position data about 5 times faster than

Low profile actuator suits packaging needs

Super-flat actuators feature IP65 protection and 480V, which makes the FHA actuator well suited for machine tool, packaging, and wash-down applications. The FHA-C-H series actuators come in four sizes. FHA-C-H rotary servo actuators use Harmonic Drive precision gears combined with a performance matched brushless servo motor. Encoder options include EnDat and HIPERFACE. The FHA series

WAGO Introduces Tamper-Proof Silver VOID Labels for smartPRINTER

2017—WAGO adds VOID labels to its smartPRINTER portfolio of thermal transfer printing media. The tamper evident silver labels, part number 60328726, leave a VOID pattern on both the label and the product surface, discouraging their unauthorized removal. Each silver label measures 1.5 inches by 3 inches (500 per reel), and feature a combination of an

Ryan Knudtson is Recipient of the 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship

Ryan Knudtson, a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, is the recipient of the 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Corp. This $2,000 scholarship, awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any of PMMI’s partner schools, was established in honor of Richard Ryan,

Solutions address trends in packaging

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) makers face many operational challenges claims PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network. Because of a persistent skills gap, designers must continually simplify machinery development, operation, and maintenance. More uptime is a constant demand. Of course, more efficiency of product and package transport is a trend too. And, equipment and machinery needs to accommodate

Dorner Introduces Next Generation 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyors

HARTLAND, Wis., — Dorner’s newly redesigned 2200 Series Modular Belt Conveyor features additional belt options, a sleek open frame design, a universal T-slot and is ideal for applications within the metalworking, packaging, assembling and general manufacturing industries. The product redesign includes a number of improvements. For starters, its ladder-style, open frame design replaces traditional perforated

Global brands rely on PolyOne for luxury plastic packaging

Brand owners who collaborate with PolyOne have access to Gravi-Tech density-modified formulations, metallic-effect GLS thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and InVisiOSM color and design services. The resulting caps and closures not only elevate packaging quality, but they also contribute to sensory branding experiences involving sight, touch and sound. For example, Gravi-Tech formulations impart weight, sound and a metallic

Minimizing production losses in the food and beverage industry

Jean-Pierre Berlan • Director of Processing • Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada Food and beverage companies have the power to make a difference in reducing waste, which occurs throughout the entire supply chain. Doing so not only affects a company’s bottom line (reduced waste equals lower costs), but benefits the planet through the conservation of

Precisely synchronize conveyor belts and robots

An increasing number of processes in production lines require synchronization with conveyor belts. Ensuring the high levels of speed and precision needed to accomplish this previously required highly complex control solutions. Production lines with conveyor belt tracking have an advantage: Since the production process never comes to a stop, they can achieve higher production volumes.

Brakes ensure precise control

As products move along automated packaging systems, accurate positioning is key to operation. PBZ variable torque brakes handle needs for variable torque tensioning control in automated packaging systems and similar applications. Unlike conventional mechanical brakes, the variable torque brakes are magnetic particle brakes. They use self-contained magnetic particles that slow, stop, hold and restart a

Modular conveyor system for quick assembly

Noise reduction is an increasingly attractive way to improve factory work environments. VarioFlow plus is one of Bosch Rexroth’s major contributions to noise reduction, with particularly low-noise operation thanks to sliding bars with lateral fixation, low-friction materials and patented hinge bolts. At the same time, modular chain conveyor system provides optimum sliding properties for reduced

Eriez Xtreme vertical drop metal detectors achieve highest levels of sensitivity in gravity free-fall applications

New Xtreme vertical drop metal detectors from Eriez are engineered to detect the presence of ferrous, nonferrous and stainless metal contaminants in gravity free-fall applications, particularly for food processing, packaging, pharmaceutical and plastics/rubber applications. Xtreme vertical drop metal detectors are designed with the shortest overall height in the industry and offer best in class sensitivity.  These units

Boston Gear Expands Line of Stainless Steel Shaft Accessories for Washdown Applications

Boston Gear, Charlotte, NC, has added new mounted bearing designs and universal joints to its line of stainless steel shaft accessories designed for superior performance in high pressure food processing and packaging washdown applications. The stainless steel mounted bearing line now includes setscrew locking 3-bolt flange brackets and wide slot take up units available in

Delta Showcases a Complete Line of Product Technology & Solutions for Packaging Machinery at Pack Expo 2015

Delta Products Corporation, a Delta Group company headquartered in Fremont, CA, is showcasing a complete line of innovative industrial automation, power quality, and thermal management products and solutions that maximize efficiency and productivity for packaging machinery at Pack Expo. Delta is displaying its new large size DOP-W Series Human Machine Interface (HMI), and the TP04P

Gearmotors deliver efficiency in packaging applications

In packaging, the demand for smaller, lighter, reliable and energy-efficient power transmission components is constant. A new entrant into the efficient power transmission market is the ie3 premium efficiency gearmotors, which offer increased efficiency over standard IE1 models throughout the speed range and initiate less mechanical stress, which directly translates into long-term energy savings. The

Motors key to fast arm pallet wrapper

The engineers at Technowrapp had an idea that, if successfully executed, would result in the world’s fastest arm pallet wrapper. But they also wanted to ensure their Runner Arm would be simple to operate and easy to maintain. In the Runner Arm automatic rotary arm pallet wrapper, the engineers created a device that can wrap

Master Class: How to use 3D printing for injection molds

While not the most glamorous or “sexy” application for 3D printing, using this technology to obtain molds for injection molding is one of the key applications of this…

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The total package: How to design a film wrapping machine with direct-drive technology

Guaranteeing packaging results every time, even when product characteristics vary and product types change often, is one of the greatest challenges facing a machine builder. This was the primary consideration for Alpenland Maschinenbau (ALPMA) when designing its new MultiSAN film wrapping machine. The machine packages round and rectangular soft cheeses, as well as cheeses in

Paper and color–a natural for 3D printing

Additively making parts using ordinary paper as the build material is a bit deceptive. On the one hand, you think such a 3D printed object can’t possibly handle…

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3d printing with paper at RAPID

Mcor Technologies Ltd is the only manufacturer of desktop paper-based 3D printers. The company will be showing its line of printers at RAPID 2015 in booth 830. These…

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Underwriters Laboratories offers a resource for 3D printing info needs

Underwriters Laboratories is working to address the short-term and long-term performance and safety concerns of 3D printers and additive manufacturing systems. Recently, UL initiated a number of initiatives…

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Automation increases packaging efficiency

Flexible pouch packaging is one of the fastest growing primary packaging methods in the industry, delivering products ranging from shredded cheese to beverages. To meet consumer demand, manufacturers must develop more efficient ways to package their offerings. Delkor Systems produces a range of automated secondary packaging machinery including forming, loading and closing equipment for cases,

3d printing injection molds slashes prototype lead time by 40%

The Italian division of international consumer goods giant, Unilever, has cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing…

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Should you 3D print in house or not?

The prices of some 3D printers are coming down, making it more affordable to own one of your own, even a desktop version. Still, it can be better…

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Cognex next-generation real-time monitoring to optimize industry processes

Cognex Corporation announced Cognex Explorer™ Real Time Monitoring (RTM), a DataMan® barcode reader performance-monitoring system. By incorporating a scalable architecture, a web-based performance statistics interface, and world-class Cognex vision technology, Cognex Explorer RTM empowers facility managers with data that removes system defects and optimizes processes. Cognex Explorer RTM trends read rates, evaluates images from packages