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Flexible adjustment is everything

With the latest trends for smaller production runs leading to customized mass-produced items and therefore a higher frequency of job-changing, an adaptive packaging machine must be able to cope with an irregular product infeed, while also being able to adjust to different formats. This adaptation is made possible with sensors and actuators. All packaging shapes and sizes are possible with just one machine. Continue reading

Lid integrity inspection with the Trispector1000 3D Vision Sensor

Jam jars: vacuums a necessity

When it comes to metal closures in packaging, nothing can be left to chance: In products such as jam jars, the consumer goods industry requires seals to be tight and jars to be hermetically sealed. Anyone who makes their own jam will know that a small indentation in the lid is the key to creating the perfect vacuum. However, this small feature is difficult to identify by eye in industrial production contexts involving high numbers of parts and high speeds. Continue reading

Residual stack monitoring with Safeguard Detector

Carton magazine: Making rigid housings a thing of the past

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Requirements for protecting machinery have changed more and more with the increasing use of automation. In the past, protective devices in the work process were something of a nuisance; for this reason, they were often not used at all. Innovative technology has enabled protective devices to be integrated into the work process. As a result, they are no longer an obstacle for the operator and even help productivity in many cases. Reliable protective devices that are integrated into the workplace have thus become indispensable nowadays. They are a useful tool in achieving the goal of continuous production, which in turn improves system efficiency. Continue reading

“SMART SENSORS” FOR MADE-TO-ORDER PRODUCTS

Speedy changeovers and quick product swaps

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The customer of today expects to be able to order a product that meets his exact needs and wishes. He mixes his own muesli. He picks his favorite chocolates for his chocolate box. He designs his own label for his champagne. He wants shoes that fit his feet exactly, in his favorite material and color. All of these options will affect the packaging process.    Continue reading

Packaging machines for tea bags

This is how tea should taste

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Tea with a pure, natural taste: That is every tea drinker’s dream. And now, thanks to the Italian company TEAMAC, that dream can become reality. The machine manufacturer provides environmentally friendly packaging solutions for tea, which preserve the natural, unadulterated flavor of the beverage. All of the sensor technology in the packaging machines is supplied by SICK. Continue reading