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Issue 5, Volume XXVIII, September/October 2017

The machinery only journal for processing & packaging | www.machineryupdate.co.uk


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GEA describes OxyCheck

as offering a new level of

guaranteeing food quality as

it measures every pack on a

line to see if the oxygen

content is correct in each one

Find out more on page 14


Versatility, easy

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and reliability

are key

factors in

a turnkey



PPMA Show Preview

This major show preview will highlight all the latest equipment

to be launched at the PPMA Show taking place at the NEC,

Birmingham from 26 - 28 September, covering 62 pages in all

Registration is open for

the PPMA Show 2017,

26 – 28 September at

the NEC, Birmingham


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This 62 page preview details

many of the new product

launches from the 350 or so

exhibitors that will feature at

the PPMA Show at the NEC,

Birmingham. Over 1,500

companies will be represented



The ‘circular economy’ is the

buzz word in sustainability and

here, we discuss the new BSI

standard that this has led to as

well as covering new technology




A range of systems for industrial

3D vision operation is launched



Feeder/overprinter is meeting

new legislation and sales needs


Four pages of the latest options

to deliver machine builder benefits



The entire machinery supply

chain including manufacturers,

importers and integrators now

have to comply with the EU’s

new Radio Equipment Directive


People, events and diary dates


Machinery and services


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Chris Valdes


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PPMA matters

Show visit is

THE smarter

way to learn

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Andrew Mint



Welcome to the latest issue of Machinery Update.

I hope you had an enjoyable summer even though

the unpredictable British weather has hit us all again.

There is some ‘sunshine’ on the horizon, however in the form

of the PPMA Show that is now only a matter of weeks away.

The 2017 PPMA Show promises to be a cracker; the biggest in

12 years in fact. We have over 350 exhibitors across packaging and

processing machinery, automation, robotics and machine vision.

These exhibitors represent equipment and services from over

1,500 companies, so a visit to the NEC Birmingham from

26 – 28 September is a no brainer in terms of time well spent.

Numerous working displays of the very latest innovations

will greet visitors, which, let’s be honest, it is hard to beat the

live experience of seeing new equipment in action. This, I would

argue, is one of the key strengths of the PPMA Show and why

deciding to visit the free-to-attend exhibition is one of the easiest

business decisions you will probably make today.

The PPMA Show 2017

will bring sunshine not showers

to the business end of the year

The PPMA Show always likes to provide a fascinating headline

speaker and this year, we are honoured to have Martin Glenn,

CEO at the Football Association (FA), and former food industry

marketer taking centre stage on the first morning. Glenn was

CEO of United Biscuits, as well as being key in transforming the

Walkers and Bird’s Eye brands before going to the FA.

He will share his experiences by comparing food

manufacturing businesses and football as well as talking

about the common issues facing both going forward. He is also

happy to take questions after his presentation, so if you want

to know when England (men) will next win the World Cup,

here’s your chance!

Glenn will speak in the Learning Hub, which will also play host

to a raft of speakers from organisations like the Food Standards

Agency, the Food & Drink Federation and the CE Marking

Association. Take a look at the insert between pages 82 and 83 of

this issue to see the full programme which is designed to enhance

your visit. And to find out more about some of the new equipment

on show, our 62 page PPMA Show Preview starts on page 40.

I look forward to welcoming you to the PPMA Show at the

end of September in Birmingham where there will be some

incredible products and services being showcased.


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FA chief exec will ‘put in

a shift’ for PPMA Show

CEO of the Football

Association and former

senior food marketer

Martin Glenn is delivering the

keynote speech at the PPMA

Show in September.

Taking centre stage at

11.30am on the first morning

September 26, at the NEC,

Birmingham – Glenn will

compare and contrast the

worlds of business and

football. He will also discuss

the role that technology plays

in the FMCG marketing mix

and how this was harnessed

during his time in various

food industry roles.

Glenn was responsible

for doubling profitability at

PepsiCo and rejuvenating

the Walkers brand as well as

sanctioning huge investments

in United Biscuits factories

in his time as chief executive.

He will explain how passion,

innovation and a thorough

understanding of the

consumer and technology


University link is rewarded

MD of Jenton International Richard Little has been awarded an

honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering from Southampton Solent

University. “I feel very honoured as I have been involved with the

University for many years now from sponsorship, right through to

employing a couple of students who used to study here, so this is a

real bonus,” he said. His love of innovation led him to co-found

the Wessex Round Table of Inventors at Solent some years ago.

Martin Glenn will take centre stage at the PPMA Show on the first morning

guarantees FMCG growth, even

in mature markets.

“Salty snacks is obviously

a packaging intensive business

and so I oversaw many

packaging and technology

innovations during my time at

Walkers,” says Glenn. “What

I understood from the food

business was that consumers

would not pay for gimmicky

packaging innovation but they

would pay for convenience.

“I also learnt that we could

use packaging as a competitive

advantage, if we got it right,”

he told Machinery Update.

He says that there are many

similarities between his former

roles in manufacturing and his

current job at the FA, politics

aside, and he will share his

thoughts on this during his

opening day speech.

He will also welcome

questions from the audience

about either, on the day.

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Seminar programme

includes a must-see

CE marking update

Editor of Machinery Update

Gail Hunt will be hosting

a seminar at 10.30pm on

Tuesday 27th September at

the PPMA Show which will

see managing director of

the CE Marking Association

Mike Foster answer the

question: CE marking

machines – whose

responsibility is it anyway?

This session will show

how the CE mark is more

than just a compliance mark

and how it can be an effective

tool for designing new

machines and assembly lines.

Foster will also explain

how the regulatory changes

of last year can be met.


is a sell-out

event again

Over 1,500 companies will be

represented at the PPMA Show

in September, making this year’s

event the UK’s unmissable

processing and packaging

machinery exhibition.

Taking place in hall 5 of the

NEC, Birmingham from

26-28 September, over 350

exhibitors will be filling

10,000sq m of space with

the very latest machinery,

technologies and services that

manufacturing industry requires.

Registration for this free-toattend

show is now open and takes

less than three minutes to secure.

Organised by the Processing

and Packaging Machinery

Association (PPMA), the show

offers visitors the chance to see

a plethora of equipment in action.

It also presents the opportunity

to talk face-to-face with the

industry’s leading technical

experts across all sectors.

Also featured is a three day

seminar programme in the

Learning Hub that will cover a

wide range of topics in short, half

hour sessions. This gives visitors a

chance to mix attending seminars

with visiting stands, very easily.

In this issue of Machinery

Update, you will find a 62 page

PPMA Show Preview to help you

plan your visit and to determine

which new equipment you would

like to investigate further.

Turn to page 40 to find out more.

T 020 8773 8111

W www.ppmashow.co.uk

Last year’s event was a total success

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Business chiefs are concerned

about UK’s digitalisation pace

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Business leaders from

across industry have

called for the rapid

acceleration of digitalisation

to counter uncertainty in the

economy as well as provide

a much needed boost to

productivity and skills.

Siemens polled 30 CEOs

and board level executives of

the UK’s leading small and

large businesses at a summit

that discussed the challenges

facing the UK economy over

the next two years. Themed

around digitalisation and the

fourth industrial revolution,

the grouping discussed how

the UK could best embrace

new digital technologies.




of business leaders when asked

about creating new technologies

The Industrial Digitalisation

Review, led by Siemens CEO

Juergen Maier on behalf of

business for Government, was

used as the foundation of the

discussion, and the input will

be factored into its conclusions

which are due later this year.

When asked how good the

UK is at providing the skills for

the next generation and also in

up-skilling existing workforces

required for the fast adoption

of new digital technologies,

the picture was stark. Indeed,

85% of those polled said the

lack of advanced digital skills

in the workforce was holding

back the UK in the global

technology race.

Only 15% said the UK was

among the most skilled.

Attendees agreed

that a defined national

skills standard for digital

engineering should inform

teaching and learning in

schools and colleges.


www.machineryupdate.co.uk SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 MACHINERY UPDATE 9

First career open days

generate applications

PP Control & Automation,

which has seen sales

rise to £20m this year,

hosted its first ever Career

Open Days to give individuals

considering a career in

industry the chance to see

what opportunities there are

to progress in the sector.

School leavers, people

looking to change professions

or those wanting to get back into

manufacturing attended one of

the two hour slots that included

a guided tour of the firm’s

40,000sq ft facility in Cheslyn

Hay, the chance to speak with

current employees and an

overview of current vacancies.

“The last twelve months

have been very good for our

business and we have won

a lot of new outsourcing

contracts both at home

and abroad,” explains

Philip Newell, training and

continuous improvement

manager at PP Control

& Automation. “To cope with

this increase in demand, we

need to boost the workforce

and are looking to create up

to 30 new jobs.

“These range from

apprentices and shop floor

technicians, to logistics

specialists and project

managers,” he says.

“Getting the right skills

is important so we want to

make sure everyone knows

what type of company we are

building here at PP, a company

that currently supplies twelve

of the world’s largest machine

builders,” he continues.

“Opening our doors and letting

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them see the technology we

use and the processes we

employ was a great way of

getting people to consider

a career with us.”

On the day, attendees were

introduced to the company

by local training providers,

colleges and schools,

with all of those attending

subsequently applying for one

of the firm’s traineeship or

apprenticeship roles.

New format revealed

for Vision Technology

Forum this November

Stemmer Imaging’s Machine

Vision Technology Forum has a

new 2-day format for 2017.

Taking place on 15 and 16

November at the Silverstone

Wing Exhibition and Conference

Centre, the event now features

a complete day dedicated to

hands-on training (see website

for fees). Day two includes a

technical seminar programme,

live product demonstrations and

a new ‘Integrator Zone’ with real

application examples and is free

of charge to attend.

The first day is limited

to 50 people and allows

attendees to choose between

six European Imaging Academy

training courses, book in depth

manufacturer meetings and

product master class sessions.

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W www.stemmer-imaging.co.uk


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Video use is

increasing in

getting data

A recent survey conducted by

test and measurement company

HBM found that video use

is accelerating in data collection.

The study shows that almost

half of the respondents (47%)

already use video in data

recording today, while 54%

of the respondents expect video

use within their organisation to

increase in the next year.


Video cameras are already used

in many test and measurement

applications throughout the

industry in addition to data

collection with traditional tactile

sensors. But until now, there has

been very little information on the

level and nature of this use.

“There is no longer any question

that recording video data in parallel

to tactile sensors or digital bus

signals is becoming more and

more attractive to users,” says

Christof Salcher, product manager

instrumentation at HBM.

“Video supports traditional sensor

data and is becoming a valuable

source of additional information,

making the room for interpretation

even narrower in testing.”


The survey showed that the most

common reason for using video in

data collection is to gain additional

input analysing unexpected

deviations (73%). Other common

reasons are decision finding (50%)

and visualisation of results to

management (41%).

Regular video (such as

webcams) is by far the most

common equipment for video in

data collection. In the survey, 80%

of respondents use this type.

“As the tactile and non-tactile

worlds of data collection come

together, there is not a question

of using either video or traditional

sensor data - but both,” says

Salcher. “HBM is well positioned

to face a growing demand in this

area, already integrating video in

a range of our applications.”

New Industry 4.0 course

will equip future leaders

Festo Training & Consulting

has launched its first

Industry 4.0 course.

It is designed to equip

business leaders with the

strategic skills and insights

to make the most of the

opportunities presented by

the fourth industrial

revolution where the ready

availability of data and the

standardisation of machine

communication will enable

new and disruptive business

models to emerge.

Over two days, Festo’s

course will assist leaders to

identify opportunities for

change within their own

workplaces and help them

recognise how and where

to apply the principles of

Industry 4.0.

Whether participants are

considering a new factory or

plant and want to understand

the principles behind

Industry 4.0 or whether

they are looking to apply

certain aspects within the

current limitations of existing

processes, this course will

help them take a big step

forward, says Festo.

The course runs either as an

Pharmaceutical packaging

machine company Uhlmann

Packaging Systems

has acquired Cremer

Speciaalmachines, the Dutch

manufacturer of counting and

packaging systems. The two

family-owned companies will

combine their technological,

research and market

development expertise.

By acquiring Cremer,

Uhlmann strengthens its

market position in bottle

packaging systems.

Festo’s two day 4.0 course helps leaders identify opportunities for change

open course for participants

from different companies

or as an in-company course

across an organisation or from

within a department.

Dates of the open courses

this year are:

• 12/13 September 2017

• 24/25 October 2017

• 14/15 November 2017.

All open courses will be held

at Festo in Northampton, while

Acquisition brings together two specialists

in the pharmaceutical machinery business

Talents of two pharma firms combine

Tobias Uhlmann, owner

and chairman of the Uhlmann

supervisory board said:

“The respective expertise of

Festo can also run in-company

courses in any location.

“Working in small groups

and teams, the course is

for leaders who want to

make better investment

decisions that will equip their

organisations for the future,”

says Neil Lewin from Festo

Training & Consulting.

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our company’s complements

each other perfectly, and by

bundling up our talents, we

will drive the goals of both

companies forward.”

“It was important for me

to hand my company over to

a highly competent partner

with a long-term interest

in its health and continued

development,” says

Fred Cremer, owner of

Cremer Speciaalmachines.

“In this sense, we have found

our new home at Uhlmann.”

26 – 28 September 2017

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Fuji stalwart has died

Powtech takes place in Germany

Powder and bulk

solids processing

fair in September

One of the



of Paramount

Packaging John

Roberts has sadly

passed away at the

age of 59 after a

long battle against

a brain tumour.

Roberts had been

in the packaging

machinery business

for over 40 years,

having started

his career at 18, at

Avery Berkel. He

formed Paramount,

along with its

current technical

director Charles Ingham,

25 years ago and was its sales

director. The business has

expanded over the years

and has supplied over

Powtech, the trade fair for

the processing, analysis and

handling of powder and bulk

solids takes place in Nuremberg,

Germany from 26 – 28

September, 2017. The event is

billed as offering a complete

overview of all processes for the

manufacture of quality products

from powder, granules and bulk

solids, and covers almost all

industries including chemicals,

pharmaceuticals, food,

environmental and recycling.


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700 machines to companies

Paramount Packaging sales director John Roberts is seen here

with his wife Julie. He will be sadly missed by everyone

all over the UK and Ireland.

The company continues

to maintain a very special

relationship with the Fuji

Packaging Machinery

Company of Japan, for which

it is exclusive UK & Ireland

distributor. John

loved this special

relationship that

has been built

with Fuji and took

great pleasure

from visiting

Japan for product

launches and sales

seminars as well

as introducing

customers to the

Fuji family.

“He was an

excellent salesman

and businessman,

coupled with a

good sense of

humour that kept

us all down to earth,” says

Charles Ingham.

“He will be sadly missed.”

Roberts is survived by

his wife Julie, his two sons

Andrew and Christopher and

two grandchildren.


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Labelling, New Machinery Coding & Marking

Oxygen content is measured

in-line to guarantee quality

GEA describes OxyCheck

as offering a new level

of ensuring food quality

as it measures every pack

on a line to see if the oxygen

content is correct.

The non-invasive, in-line

quality control system

for modified atmosphere

packaging (MAP) is designed

to benefit consumers, retailers

and food producers alike.

This technology checks and

analyses the oxygen content

in every MAP pack produced.

It is not just checking for leaks

where oxygen is escaping.

“The correct oxygen content

is absolutely critical when it

comes to reach the promised

shelf life and product quality

like taste and colour,” explains

Volker Sassmannshausen,

senior product manager at GEA.

“The fact that we are able

to introduce this non-invasive

system fully integrated into a

thermoforming machine on

an industrial scale without

slowing down or stopping

the process really sets our

technology apart,” he says.

Many invasive oxygen

Invasive oxygen measuring only inspects samples but OxyCheck tests 100%

measuring techniques only

inspect sample packs but

the GEA OxyCheck inspects

100% of all packages

produced without damaging

the film or breaking the

seal. This, according to

Sassmannshausen, means

only packages that don’t

meet the residual oxygen

specifications are discarded

and no material or contents

are wasted.

Previously, a single package

with deteriorated content

could often lead to the

rejection of an entire batch

to prevent unsafe foods from

reaching consumers. And the

potential costs of a recall can

be very substantial.

“The GEA OxyCheck

effectively minimises the risk

to recall entire food batches

and thus increases food safety

and limits food waste, while

saving our customers money,”

says Sassmannshausen.

In operation, a sensor spot

is used to measure the oxygen

level in the MAP packs,

and these are preprinted at

the film supplier as opposed

to being printed in-line. Going

forward, the company will

license film suppliers to print

this sensor spot.

Currently, this technology

can be included on the

GEA PowerPak horizontal

thermoformer as an option

on new machines with

MAP capability. In the

future, however, the range

of applications may grow

to include other packaging

machines, free-standing

or hand-held scanners at

distribution centres or pointof-sale

monitoring for retailers.

Readers visiting the PPMA

Show at the NEC in September

(26-28) have two opportunities

to learn more about this

technology: at 1pm on Tuesday

and 1pm on Wednesday in

the Learning Hub at the event.

T 01908 513500

W www.gea.com

New dual gripper not only increases productivity, but it

also makes life easier for workers tending any machines

RARUK Automation believes

its links with Universal

Robots and Robotiq grippers

& sensors provides the perfect

combination for off-the-shelf,

customised automation

solutions. To widen the

scope of this partnership,

the company has announced

the availability of the new

Robotiq dual gripper.

It is designed specifically for

machine tending applications

where the robot is required to

remove a completed part from

the machine and replace it

with a new one for processing.

The clear benefit of the

Robotiq dual gripper is

productivity. By having

two grippers on the same

Universal Robot arm shortens

cycle times, creates a more

efficient production line and

increases output. Indeed,

it’s even possible to have two,

dual grippers on the same

robot to boost productivity

even further.

One early user of this new

combination has reduced

changeover times by 50%

The Robotiq dual gripper is available

– from 40 minutes to

20 minutes – when compared

to loading its PCB products

manually. Importantly, this

technology also relieves

employees of repetitive

tasks that can cause

physical and mental

tiredness, allowing

them to move on to

more fulfilling roles

within the business.

The new gripper is suitable

for all manufacturers seeking

greater productivity and

flexibility, whatever their

size or level of experience

in automation.

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W www.rarukautomation.com


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New tipper discharges bulk

materials from mobile bins

Changing requirements are met

Mobile conveyors

offer flexibility for

e-commerce packing

To meet the complex challenges

that ever-changing customer

purchasing behaviour presents

for e-commerce packaging

requirements, Astec Conveyors

is offering a range of mobile

modular conveyors. These

include gravity or powered roller

conveyors, belt conveyors or

modular belt conveyors.

“There is a greater need from

these customers to be able to

change and configure conveyor

positions easily and quickly,

ready for the next sorting or

packing operation and in food

environments mobile conveyors

can be easily moved to assist with

cleaning operations,” says Astec

sales manager Paul Fox.

These conveyors can be made

from stainless steel or powder

coated mild steel.

T 01283 210333

W www.astecconveyors.com




from Flexicon


bulk solid

materials from

mobile bins

at controlled

rates into



equipment or

storage vessels

free of dust.

With lid

open, the bin

is rolled into

a receiving

frame, which

positions it over

a lifting tongue

centred inboard

of the castors. Side bracing

prevents lateral movement

of the bin during tipping.

After securing the bin in

place with a safety-interlocked

door, a pair of hydraulic

cylinders raises the bin

vertically, seating its rim

against the underside of a

rectangular discharge hood.

A second pair of hydraulic

The new tipper for mobile bins transfers bulk material dust-free

cylinders then elevates

and tips the assembly, causing

the discharge spout on the

hood to mate with a gasketed

inlet ring fitted to the lid

of receiving hoppers,

storage vessels or process

equipment for total dust


Opening a pneumaticallyactuated

slide gate valve at the

spout outlet allows

dust-free discharge

at controlled rates.

Closing the valve

allows empty or

partially empty bins

to be returned to the

plant floor with no

dust emission.

The unit

can be sized to

accommodate bins

with rim dimensions

up to 1220mm on

a side, and up to

1117mm in height.

It is constructed

as standard of carbon

steel with stainless

steel material

contact surfaces, or

in all stainless steel

finished to food,

dairy, pharmaceuticals or

industrial standards.

Optional receiving hoppers

are available integrated

with the company’s

mechanical or pneumatic

conveyors to transport

discharged material to any

plant location.

T 01227 374710

W www.flexicon.co.uk

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New Machinery

Pilot fermenter for APIs offers

a broad range of process choice

ubbles, Machinery Update, 149 x 225 mm, CC-en46-AZ356 07/17

drinktec 2017

Munich, 11 – 15 September

Hall B6


osch has introduced

a new pilot fermenter

for the cultivation

of active pharmaceutical

ingredients (APIs) on

laboratory and pilot scale.

“With the new pilot

fermenter, Bosch has rolled

out a modular, fully automatic

system that is suitable for

R&D applications, clinical

studies in the lab and industrial

production of small batches,”

explains Dr John Medina,

sales director at the Bosch

subsidiary Pharmatec.

“Whether the desired

substance is an insulin

preparation or a medication

for targeted cancer therapy,

our bioprocessing systems

deliver optimum product

quality and excellent process

results,” he says.




or 13 litres, up to 50 litres

subject to mixer selection

The factory of the future

starts now

We do more.

Thanks to its modular

design, the bioreactor is well

suited to various cultivation

processes and cell cultures.

Interchangeable mixing and

dosing technologies ensure

that the optimal fermentation

process can be found to match

customer needs.

The system can be

equipped with one of

several interchangeable

mixing elements designed

for different cell types and

process controls, depending

on customer requirements.

The mixer regulates the inflow

of liquids or gases needed for

cell cultivation.

Process media is fed fully


T 01332 626262

W www.boschpackaging.com

www.machineryupdate.co.uk SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 MACHINERY UPDATE 17

Unwrapper/Unbagger is

a flexible robotic option

The BW Container

Systems robotic


is designed to remove

stretch and/or shrink

wrap from pallet loads

prior to de-palletising.

The machine has the

capability to unwrap

virtually any type of load

utilising either form of


These loads include bulk

glass or plastic bottles,

aluminium or steel cans

and pallets of cases or

stretch wrapped bundles.

The Unbagging option

allows for removal of

shrink wrap from bulk glass loads.

As not all wrap types can be handled

in the same way, the company offers

three applications depending on specific

requirements for wrap removal. These are

the standard stretch wrap Unwrapper;

the shrink wrap Unbagger and the fully

featured Unwrapper/Unbagger which

will remove both stretch or shrink wrap

from pallet loads.

In operation, the Unwrapper utilises a

focused hot air gun (or heat gun) to apply

a stream of hot air to the wrap. The hot

air weakens the strength of the alreadystretched

plastic, causing it to break apart

In operation, the Unwrapper utilises a focused hot air gun to apply steam

and therefore separating the wrap.

The robot then places the wrap into a pinch

roller assembly that pulls it through and

into one of a variety of post unwrapping

removal options.

These start out as simple as a bin or it can

be as integrated as a vacuum pipe system

to a bailer. Multiple Unwrappers can feed a

common bailer for multi-line applications.

The Unbagger option utilises a knife

to cut the shrink wrap but otherwise,

the procedure is similar to the unwrapping

process, says the company.

T 01302 711056

W www.bwcontainersystems.com



We offer unique flexible

drive solutions, providing

cost effective, multi-functional

and bespoke

designs which can be a

perfect solution where

rotational flexibility is

required for critical


Thermal transfer overprinters improve

production line efficiency and cut costs

Videojet has launched its next generation

of thermal transfer overprinters (TTO) to

meet manufacturer’s demands for high

code accuracy and legibility.

The Videojet 6530 and 6330 come with

iAssure technology which Videojet says is

an industry-first, integrated code quality

assurance system that automatically

detects common print defects. Used to

complement existing quality control

processes, as it does not read barcodes,

operators can now decide to stop the line

when multiple common print defects are

detected, reducing the need to scrap or

rework product.

“Videojet iAssure technology will help

our customers consistently deliver high

quality images by detecting print defects

caused by things like dirty printheads,

uneven print surfaces or ribbon wrinkles,”

says Heidi Wright, business unit manager

for Videojet Technologies. “iAssure

technology complements existing quality

control processes and no other TTO printer

on the market can do this,” she claims.

The 6530 and 6330 printers can also print

on zipper packs or pouches of varying

thickness with no special set up.

T 0800 500 3023

W www.videojet.co.uk

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Worcestershire WR11 1GS

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drinktec preview

Latest product handling

meets today’s demands

Visitors queuing to attend the

2013 event at Messe München

The world of drinks

will meet once again

in Munich this Sept

The World’s leading trade fair

for the beverage and liquid food

industry is taking place again

at Messe München from

September 11 to 15, 2017, where

70,000 visitors are expected

from 180 countries.

Producers from all over the

world will be attending to meet

with suppliers and customers.

Organisers say that once again,

drinktec will be the platform for

an array of world premieres from

nearly 1,600 exhibitors from more

than 75 countries. They will be

housed in 15 halls with more than

150,000sq m of exhibition space.

Visitors can save 50% on

ticket prices (full price day ticket

is 59 euros) by buying online.

W www.drinktec.com

With Sidel and

Gebo Cermex


together at drinktec

2017, the Sidel Group

companies will be

showcasing their

Agility 4.0 programme.

The initiative is helping

manufacturers and

brand owners shift from

mass production to mass

customisation, and gain

the many benefits of Industry

4.0, while boosting Overall

Equipment Effectiveness

and sustainability while

minimising Total Cost of


At the same time, Gebo

Cermex will demonstrate

AQFlex which it describes

as breakthrough product

handling technology.

Thanks to its radically new

approach of conveying and

accumulation, AQFlex delivers

unprecedented packaging

line performance, says the

company. It offers this,

together with agility and

smooth contactless product

conveying and accumulation,

Gebo Cermex describes AQFlex as the intelligent product handling solution

in a very compact space.

“After spending 50 years

in pioneering conveying

solutions and line regulation

systems, we believe this

introduction to be the

culmination of our innovation

processes,” says Ludovic

Tanchou, vice president

strategy, products and

innovation at Gebo Cermex.

“AQFlex is the new IQ

in product handling,

encompassing all the

advantages given by the

existing conveying machines

in a much smarter way,”

he tells Machinery Update.

Freeing product innovation

thanks to total flexibility

AQFlex is designed by Gebo

Cermex as a packaging

solution that accommodates

any product, whatever the

application, whatever the

market, in all container

materials, formats and shapes,

full or empty, while also

enabling automatic changeovers

via an intuitive HMI.

Care of product integrity

is completely ensured by

the single-lane, contactfree

product handling and

accumulation system that

is able to process even

fragile, unstable or premium


STAND Hall A6 Stand 330

W www.gebocermex.com

Filling and packing systems

under technology 4.0 banner

Board chairman Matthias Niemeyer

The KHS Group will be

exhibiting the future of filling

and packaging systems under

the motto Technology 4.0 at

the show. The effective and

sustainable processes to be

demonstrated are suitable for

all sectors, from small craft

brewers to large water bottlers.

“Technology 4.0 means

that innovative strength and

future viability continue to

characterise our systems

and services,” says Matthias

Niemeyer, KHS chairman.

“Our focus of attention is

on the innovative use of


STAND Hall B4 Stand 328

W www.khs.com

Schubert’s key areas of expertise are erecting, filling and also sealing boxes

Format diversity is combined

with a small footprint at show

Schubert will present the

Innopack-TLM block packaging

system which was developed

with KHS to pack several

different bottle and secondary

packaging formats efficiently,

and also in tight spaces for

a range of beverages.

STAND Hall B4 Stand 328

W www.schubert-uk.co.uk

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Digitalisation is the

unifying stand offer

At this year’s drinktec Krones

will, as in all the previous

years, be showcasing its

corporate capabilities in Hall B6.

The principal focus this time is on

innovations primarily designed

to improve line performance still

further, to ensure even higher

individualisation and flexibility,

and to impart additional

sustainability to the production


Digitalisation plays a key role

in this context, and constitutes a

unifying theme for the entire Krones

stand. Because marrying iron and

steel to clouds and data makes

for an even closer intermeshing

of all processes along the entire

value added chain, and will in the end

significantly upgrade performance levels

in the production environment as well.

When it comes to filling beverages

and liquid foods, the speed of the filling

process plays a crucial role. For this

reason, Krones is continuing to prioritise

high speeds for its lines. Therefore, at

drinktec 2017, a high-speed line for filling

bottles with beer will be on show, with a

rating unequalled at present by any rival

on the market, says the company.

Also on show will be a pilot line that

combines a filler, direct printing machine

and intelligent conveyors, to demonstrate

Krones will be intermeshing iron and steel with clouds and data

that even small batch sizes can be

efficiently produced while nonetheless

retaining maximised flexibility.

Krones is also driving forward the

issue of eco-efficiency – and the vision

of an energy-autonomous, sustainable

production operation is already taking

tangible shape in the ‘Brewery of the

Future’, the company says.

In addition, the demand for space-saving

layouts is steadily increasing, which is

why Krones is developing the block concept

for complete lines.

STAND Hall 6 Stand 100

W www.krones.com



Ground and rolled ball

screws for miniature high

accuracy to heavy duty

industrial applications,

Abssac provides fast

delivery, keen prices and

knowledgeable sales staff.

High speed transport technology is a

slosh-free and easy to change option

At drinktec, B&R Automation is offering

beverage and liquid food producers a

new generation of high-speed, slosh-free

transport with the versatility for fast

format changeovers.

The company says this industrial-grade;

service-friendly SuperTrak is the only longstator

linear motor based system on the

market to feature anti-sloshing technology.

This prevents spills during transport and

positioning and allows filling lines to be

operated at higher speeds.

Also, the independent SuperTrak shuttles

allow mass customisation with minimal

time lost on stoppages and changeover.

The anti-sloshing technology prevents spillages

STAND Hall A3 Stand 328

W www.br-automation.com

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New Machinery

Mid-range multihead weighers

are designed for food suppliers

ord MU S-O 2017.qxp_MU 11/08/2017 11:02 Page 1


shida is launching a

new series of mid-range

multihead weighers for the

high performance weighing of

free-flowing and semi-sticky

products for a large number

of dry, fresh and frozen food


The new Ishida RVE range

is available in a wide choice of

models – including 10, 14, 16

and 20 head units – together

with a broad selection of radial

troughs, hoppers (from 3 to 7

litres) and discharge chutes.

This enables the weighers

to be tailored to individual

product requirements with

models available for mono-,

mixed product (handling

up to four different products

simultaneously) and multipleoutlet

weighing, and from

small to large target weights.



weighments a minute depending

on the model and application

Key to the performance

of the new RVE weighers is

the introduction of several

advanced technology features

from Ishida’s top-of-the-range

RV multihead weighers,

including programmable

digital filtering and advanced

automatic feeder adjustment.

An important benefit of the

RVE range is that all models

are pre-configured for the new

generation of ‘smart’ factories

and are available with a choice

of packages incorporating

Ishida’s Sentinel remote

customer care software.

“The speed, accuracy and

reliability of every model

will ensure they deliver a fast

return on investment,”

says Ian Atkinson of Ishida.

T 0121 607 7700

W www.ishidaeurope.com

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TM Robotics has now launched Toshiba Machine’s latest range of six-axis robots in Europe and also in the US



ETP’s Precision hydraulic

bushes allow quick, easy

and precise shaft


mounting for a multitude

of applications. Utilising a

single screw operation, for

mounting and

dismounting of the hub,

makes life easy.

Six-axis robot range is

long arm length choice

TM Robotics, Toshiba Machine’s

EMEA and US partner, has launched

its latest range of six-axis robots

that can be used in a variety of industrial

applications including manufacturing for

automotive components, plastics, medical,

packaging and the pharmaceutical sector.

This vertically articulated robot series

is available in three models, each with

varying reach and payload specifications.

Compared to previous ranges, the

improved TVM six-axis robot series also

provides a longer arm length in each of

its three models.

The largest model, the TVM1500,

provides a maximum reach of 1715mm,

the TVM1200 can reach up to 1418mm

and the smallest model, the TVM900,

provides a maximum reach of up to

1124mm. In addition to three distinctive

arm lengths, the operating range of each

model can be expanded by mounting the

robot on an optional linear actuator.

Even though the robot body has been

reduced in weight, the six-axis TVM range

can still manage payloads of up to 20kg,

with the TVM900 model. The smaller

models, the TVM1200 and TVM1500 can

each manage 15kg and 10kg respectively.

These robots also provide complete

hardware compatibility with other

Toshiba Machine equipment, including

the company’s robot vision recognition

package TSVision3D. What’s more, all

three models are compatible with the same

robot controller, the TSL3200.

As with all Toshiba Machine industrial

robots, the controllers are programmed

in SCOL, a programming language similar



“Everyone is talking about the potential

of collaborative robotics in manufacturing,

however investing in this technology is

not always feasible, or even necessary,”

says Nigel Smith, founder and CEO of

TM Robotics. “By trusting in our expertise,

manufacturers can discover whether

they really need to invest in collaborative

robotics, or whether cell based robots

could provide them with a more cost

effective solution.

“Toshiba Machine’s new six-axis TVM

range will expand our robotics offering,

allowing us to provide cost effective

six-axis automation to manufacturers and

industrial applications around the globe,”

he continues. “Alongside our Toshiba

Machine SCARA and Cartesian robots

and the new six-axis TVM range,

TM Robotics also delivers training

and support services for industrial

and commercial applications.”

T 01707 290370

W www.tmrobotics.co.uk

E1A Enterprise Centre

Enterprise Way


Worcestershire WR11 1GS

01386 421005



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• Minimum operator




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And then we deconstructed Continuous Ink Jet as we’ve known it

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Components PACK EXPO Las Vegas Preview

Complete wrapping and

cartoning line on display

Seen for the first time

in the US on the

Bradman Lake stand

is the latest integrated

packaging technology in a

packaging line comprising

flow wrapping and end

load cartoning.

The line includes an

FT120 flow wrapper

and the IMSL end load

cartoner. In operation,

once the products have

been flow wrapped, they

enter the IMSL end load

cartoner – Bradman

Lake’s latest machine.

This compact-footprint

IMSL incorporates a

Rockwell Automation

iTRAK unit to create a fully

integrated product infeed

system that uses minimal

product transfers.

To further enhance the IMSL’s

compact footprint, products

are side loaded into the cartons

via a linear motion loader.

The system is set-up with

a single point of access

with remote connectivity

for online fault diagnostics

and ‘Factory Talk Analytics’

The new end load cartoner from Bradman Lake

incorporates a Rockwell Automation iTRAK unit

for system data collection.

The system incorporates the

latest integrated connectivity

Industry 4.0 technology to

communicate seamlessly

over a common network

and protocol.

This enables the installation

of customised systems that

deliver enhanced productivity,

security and operational

intelligence with live data

output to drive smarter

management decisions.

This flexible, intelligent

system allows for

an exhaustive range

of possible system

configurations to meet

every conceivable

packaging need, says

the company.

Factory Talk View

Point is utilised for

local connectivity to

link each machine,

providing system control

and performance data

locally at each of the

machines HMIs.

“Our technologies

are influenced by our

ability to serve a variety

of markets with tailor made

solutions, and at the same time

developing new and innovative

packaging technologies to suit

current day market demands,”

says John Marlee, managing

director at the Bradman Lake

Group. “Our investment to

achieve this, demonstrates

our commitment to our

global customers.”

STAND C-4027

W www.bradmanlake.com


Las Vegas takes

place in September

Sustainability, efficiency and

product safety are among the

top issues to be addressed with

the latest packaging technology

at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

(Las Vegas Convention Centre,

September 25–27), produced

by PMMI, The Association

of Packaging and Processing


Co-located with the Healthcare

Packaging EXPO, the event

is expected to host 30,000

attendees, including 5,000

international visitors from more

than 125 countries, and 2,000-

plus exhibiting companies that

will span nearly 900,000

net-square-feet of an almost

sold-out exhibition floor.

In addition to the technology

to be demonstrated on the show

floor, PACK EXPO Las Vegas will

offer a host of educational and

networking opportunities, as well

as industry specific events.

W www.packexpolasvegas.com

New turbo-emulsifiers mix

cosmetics more efficiently

The Marchesini Group will

show the vacuum turboemulsifier


by Dumek and its own new

continuous motion horizontal

cartoner MA 400.

Dumek is a specialised

manufacturer of processing

machines such as turboemulsifiers

for mixing

make-up, cleansers, hair dyes,

and toothpaste as well as

shaving products and is a new

brand offered by the Group.

The Dumek unit is

designed to process liquid

and creamy products for

the cosmetics industry, in

particular emulsions (cream/

milk products), serums, oils

and balms, gels and lotions.

Special versions of these

machines are able to process

other products such as make

up, suppositories, hair dyes,

toothpastes, mud products

and shaving creams.

All the essential functions

are commanded from the

Dumek designed control panel.


W www.marchesini.com

This machine shows cosmetics is of growing importance to the Group

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Installation News

A fresh approach to robot type

has delivered line efficiencies

Fox’s, one of the UK’s

leading biscuit brands,

has replaced hard

working SCARA type

robots with conventional

six axis robots to overcome

efficiency issues relating to


The move away from SCARA

configuration to conventional

six axis arms illustrates the

affordability and efficiency

gains offered by today’s

advanced robotic designs,

says supplier Kawasaki.

The biscuit maker’s Uttoxeter

facility first implemented

robotic handling of wrapped

biscuits, using SCARA

configuration robots in 1998.

This move reduced operators

from 34 to just 14, at the time.


Designed originally for

high-speed handling and

assembly, the arms operated

at their upper efficiency

range for 80,000 hours before

a complete rebuild and a

further ten years of operation

rendered them obsolete as

they were operating at just

70% efficiency.

Out of three replacement

options proposed to Fox’s,

only Kawasaki Robotics UK

suggested a move back to

conventional six axis arms.

Through simulations, the

company was able to illustrate

that its RS-20N robots would

cost effectively match, and

exceed if required, the output

of the existing SCARA robots.

“The SCARA arms had

worked well but operating

Out of three replacement options, only Kawasaki suggested six axis robots

The Kawasaki RS-20N robot arms have met the specification cost effectively

consistently at such high

speeds, and obsolescence

of parts, took its toll on

operational efficiency,”

explains David Bill, Fox’s

maintenance manager and

project manager for the

update. “Our replacement

criteria was straight-forward;

to meet existing production

levels and to fit within the

existing work envelope,”

he continues.

“Kawasaki proved to us

that its RS-20N robot arms

could meet the specification

cost effectively and operate

well within their scope of

performance,” explains Bill.

Integration of the

replacement robots and

the updating of control and

peripheral equipment was

carried out by food and

beverage automation specialists

Visppro Limited. As an existing

supplier to Fox’s and familiar

with the production line,

Visppro was ideally suited to

ensure a smooth transition over

a two week period.

The production area

produces variety packs, each

pack comprising 4 separate

packs of biscuits, typically

Nice, Bourbon, Malted Milk

and Custard Creams.

Each robot’s job is to load

an input conveyor with packs

of one type of biscuit from a

tote bin; four conveyors, one

per biscuit type, transport the

biscuits to a collator which

feeds four packs of different

biscuits into a wrapper.

After wrapping, completed

packs pass over a metal

detector before entering

a carton erector.

“The robots are working

well within their capacity

and efficiency is already in

the high 90’s,” says Bill.

“This is a very important

product to Fox’s and several

production lines feeding it

biscuits are reliant on its

continued uptime,” he

continues. “Prior to this

installation we built up 14 days

of stock so the pressure was on

Visppro to meet the deadline.


Bill tells Machinery Update

that the installation came

together very well, with as

many as 17 personnel

working on their own specific

areas at any one time.

“The system was operating in

seven days and training took

part during the next seven

days with full efficiency

run-up being reached within

six weeks,” he says.

Kawasaki believes moving

from SCARA robots to

conventional six axis robots

offers considerable benefit

to Fox’s besides overcoming

the obsolescence issue.

The system is configured

so that if required, one

robot could load across

two conveyors allowing

for maintenance or any

unplanned outage.

Also, programming is now

straight-forward with revised

location functions being

enabled through the system


T 01925 713000

W www.kawasakirobot.co.uk

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Installation News

Flow wrapping module offers

future pack format flexibility

Turkish confectionery

manufacturer Sölen is

one of the first Schubert

customers who has opted for

the Flowmodul flow wrapping

station because it delivers

flexibility of packaging formats,

now and in the future.

Over the last five years,

Sölen has ordered 24

packaging machines from the

Crailsheim-based company.

The most recent order from

Turkey was for 16 new TLM

machines – including six lines

with Flowmoduls. One of

these new machines packs the

Ozmo Cornet in a multipack

format in flow wrap bags.

This Flowmodul packs

a plastic tray with four or

six horizontally positioned

cornet products.

Sölen’s specification for

Schubert’s developers was

very clear: the TLM machine

should pack the sweets using

different packs and packaging

materials. With this in mind,

the line can pack the trays

in flow wrap bags as well as

in cartons.

“Since the product line can be

automatically adjusted, format

The products are placed horizontally

in the trays and then transported to

the recently developed Flowmodul

In the Turkish plant, the waffle bags are placed in trays and then packed either in display cartons or flow wrap bags

changes are quickly and easily

implemented,” says member of

the Sölen executive committee

Erdogan Coban. For the Ozmo

Cornet line, a maximum of two

machine operators are required

to pack 250 confectionery bags

per minute.

For trays with six products,

for example, this results in a

machine output of 41.7 trays

per minute.


“The greatest advantage of

Schubert machines is that

all packaging processes can

be centrally controlled and

this also applies to the new

Flowmodul,” says Coban.

In operation, products

arrive at the TLM machine’s

first station in a multi-row

formation and standing on a

conveyor system. There, two

rows are taken from the first

F2 robot and placed in the

Transmodul’s format plate.

If a product is missing,

the F4 robot takes an Ozmo

Cornet from a side table and

fills the gap in the row on the


As part of the quality control

process, the F2 robots that

take the products from the

moving chain conveyor have

a sensor system to check for

the presence

of lids.

This ensures

that only

products with



wraps are

placed on the

four-way or

six-way trays.

This unit is


with a



transfers the


to the packing


There is

a parallel

Transmodul section for new

packaging materials.

A magazine holds the

packaging carton blanks

and the trays for holding

the confectionery cornets in

In all, five different final packaging

formats for the trays are handled

the carton. In all, the new

installation can handle five

different final packaging

formats for the loaded trays.

This enables the packaging of

trays with four

or six Ozmo

Cornets in flow

wrap bags.


the products

can also be

packed on the

machine in

two different

formations of

twelve and one

formation with

24 products.

With its

highly flexible,

modular TLM


the Turkish


can respond

quickly to

market and product format

trend changes. It is therefore

well positioned for meeting its

ambitious company targets.

T 01676 525825

W www.schubert-uk.co.uk

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Installation News

Dual robotic system delivers

multipacks of crisps quicker

An automation cell for

multipacks of crisps

has been developed

by Italian manufacturer

PFM, using a robot-fed flow

wrapper and robotic topload

case packer to provide a high

productivity alternative to

traditional manual operations.

Speed delivered is up to 35

bags a minute.

The first has been installed

by a European snack

manufacturer and is employed

to create six-packs which are

then loaded into cases of 12.




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2robots and loaded into the

infeed flights of the wrapper

in two layers of three

The line starts with a single

lane infeed from which

individual bags of crisps

are picked by two robots

and loaded into the infeed

flights of the flow wrapper

in two layers of three.

Bags are overlapped to

provide maximum use of

space, while any damaged

bags are identified by a vision

system and loaded onto a

reject belt.

After wrapping, the sixpacks

are taken singly to

the case packing station on

a racetrack collator which

presents three at a time to the

second robot for case packing.

Again, bags are overlapped to

give improved density.

Four layers of multipacks

are built up horizontally

on a transfer chute, which

then lightly compresses the

collation and tilts 90deg to

fill topload cases.

T 0113 239 3401

W www.pfmuk.com

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Product lines are controlled by

dependable automation system

An automation

system installed

by fish and

seafood company

Dawnfresh to help it

meet retailer demands

has also delivered a

10% uplift in packaging

line throughput.

The OAL Connected

system controls the

packaging line to prevent

any product recalls

related to label and date

code errors and has

replaced a previous,

non-performing option.

Dawnfresh has invested

in a single automated

system from OAL to

control its packaging

lines and integrate

existing packaging devices

ensuring that the correct

packaging and labelling is

applied before products leave

the factory. “We chose OAL as

our supplier because its system

achieved our specification

and more,” explains Phil

Cassidy, technical director

at Dawnfresh. “OAL really

understood the challenges

we faced improving visibility

The system has helped seafood company Dawnfresh comply with the M&S Code of Practice

on the packaging line and

delivered a fantastic solution.”

Wayne Johnson, head of

OAL Connected, says that the

company is seeing tougher

requirements for packaging

line control as the cost of

failure increases.

The OAL system now

installed at Dawnfresh works

by scanning a 2D barcode

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printed on every product to

check and verify the date code

and packaging is correct.

If a mismatch error occurs,

the line stops, and the

problem is investigated.

Since the installation,

Dawnfresh has had zero

product recalls relating to

label and date code errors.

OAL says a shorter return

on investment time

was achieved because

Dawnfresh is using

its integrated factory

performance reporting

module. This records

accurate real-time

production data for the

site to identify areas for

improvement as part of

a continuous improvement


In operation, when a line

stop occurs, operators must

record a reason code on

the touchscreen terminal.

The recorded data is both

accurate and can be used in

real-time so engineers can

act as potential slowdowns

occur while also helping

Dawnfresh to identify any

areas for improvement.

“By investing in

automation, Dawnfresh has

secured compliance with

retailer codes of practice

for label and date code

verification while producing

actionable data to improve

production performance

continually,” says Johnson.

T 01733 394700

W www.oalgroup.com

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• Unique vacuum pick up frame

• Ergonomic magazine for easy filling of case blanks

• Small footprint

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• Installed and commissioned with after sales support


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Installation News

Marrying IT gains with

cheese weighing needs

Traditional Dutch family

business Vepo Cheese

has worked with

Multipond weighers for many

years but, the packaging

company has recently

developed a system to create

extra control for grated cheese

to prevent product giveaway.

These new Multipond

systems have been connected

to the cheese company

network while extra screens

for each packaging line were

added to the Multipond

weighing systems.

“The hourly averages can now

be clearly read from the display

and recorded,” explains Marc

van der Bij, IT manager at

Vepo Cheese. “If the average is

too low, the display becomes

red so then the operators know

they have to intervene.

“The display also shows

how much production is still

left to be run for a particular

order and this information

helps to prevent any errors,”

he continues.

According to van der Bij,

an additional advantage

of the new system is that

incorrect operator settings

FMH Conveyors has supplied

bathroom accessories group

Bristan with equipment

that has made the working

environment safer and more

efficient at its distribution

centre in Tamworth.

Bristan’s unloading process

from high cube containers,

for example, includes heavy

cartons and multiple product

lines mixed within a load.

To mitigate any problems, FMH

has installed the BestReach

telescopic boom conveyor with

Multipond has been a reliable partner in the project to improve giveaways

can now be avoided.

“When the Multipond has

been set to 500g and the coder

in the packaging machine to

1000g, for instance, this will

be automatically detected.”

It was quite a challenge

for Multipond to provide

both the hardware and the

software interfacing for the

oldest weighing systems

as well as for the latest

Windows CE-controlled

weighing systems. By having

the IT department of Vepo

communicate directly with

the Multipond specialists

in the plant, a platform

was created for a customeroriented


Another advantage of the

newly developed system is

that the figures of the hourly

average are transparent for

the employees, for the visiting

customers and for the external

(BRC/IFS) auditors conducting


T 01494 471580

W www.multipond.com

Heavy bathroom products can be unloaded

quickly and safely with new conveyor help

hydraulic tilt and an operation

platform (man rider) that

was designed with a traverse

function to allow movement

between dock doors.

Today, Bristan’s operators

stand on the platform of

the man rider and use

the hydraulic tilt to raise

and lower the boom while

extending or retracting the

boom within the container.

It provides workers with

safe access to the pick face

and reduces the risk of

a manual handling injury by

eliminating overhead lifting.

“We are now regularly

unloading a 40ft container

in just over an hour and

some of the more challenging

containers in three hours

when it used to take all day,”

says Ian Edgar, Bristan’s

Inbound distribution

manager. “It’s a pity we hadn’t

purchased one year’s ago,”

he told Machinery Update.

T 01536 206969

W www.fmhconveyors.co.uk


unit seals

sterile pack

Packaging Automation (PA) has

helped Biocomposites to achieve

a sterile pack for its pioneering

calcium compound devices that

regenerate and repair bone and

soft tissue.

PA’s test kitchen was used to

complete comprehensive sealing

trials to demonstrate, test and

prove that the required standard

could be achieved. Biocomposites

are now supplying consistently

reliable sealed packs that provide

assurance that the product remains

sterile up to the point of use.

After approaching several

suppliers to discuss its

requirements, Biocomposites

chose to purchase a fully electric,

semi-automatic eclipseR tray

sealing machine. Biocomposites’

production director Chis

McGuiness says the eclipseR

was chosen due to a combination

of product requirements,

environmental constraints and

advice from PA technical experts.

The machine requires zero air

for operation and can seal up to

40 packs per minute. Since using

the eclipseR, Biocomposites

has seen a moderate increase in

production output and improved

ease of use for the operator.

“Choosing the most suitable

supplier for key equipment can

become difficult when you find

yourself having to filter out

important information from

unfamiliar phrasing used in a

pressured sales pitch, but our

purchasing experience with

Packaging Automation came

with no such burden,” says


T 01565 755000

W www.pal.co.uk

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PPMA Show visit leads

to an automated solution

An animal health

facility has installed

a new, automated

processing line following

a visit to the NEC-based

PPMA Show in 2015.

At the show, employees

of Cargill wanted to find a

supplier that could create

an automated packaging

line that would enable

it to fulfil higher volume


“After the PPMA

Show we invited several

companies to our site to

show them the process

and to ask how they could

help with our vision for a

start-to-finish solution,”

explains Jo Pike, Cargill’s

premix and nutrition

production manager.

“We had to be extremely

thorough in our decision

making process as it was

a significant capital outlay and

we had to be confident that it

would yield a return

on investment within two

years,” he said.

Cargill chose to work with

Karmelle, who installed a

four-head filling machine,

The induction sealer is integral to the new line

a pick and place screw/push

on capper, a twin head labelling

machine with wraparound

station, a coder, and an

induction heat sealer.

The induction sealer,

supplied by Enercon

Industries, was integral to

the new line.

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“The reason for

installing an induction

sealer, rather than relying

on the cap closure,

was to provide tamper

evidence and to avoid

product leakage if a cap

wasn’t screwed on tightly

enough,” says Pike.

The company selected

Enercon’s best-selling

induction cap sealer, the

Super Seal 100, which

creates hermetic seals

through a non-contact


This air-cooled system

can seal regular, childresistant,

sports cap

and dispensing closures

ranging from 20-140mm

in diameter.

The new automated line

began operation earlier

this year and is specified

for a throughput of 36 one litre

bottles per minute or 15-18

5 litre bottles per minute.

“We see this line as

a blueprint for future

developments within our

Lichfield facility,” says Pike.

W www.enerconind.co.uk

W www.karmelle.com

Two companies

celebrate a 21

year relationship

Rovema and Kendal Nutricare

are celebrating 21 years of

successful trading together

and Rovema’s Alistair Bown is

seen here wishing Ian Price well

for the future on the eve of his

retirement from the Kendalbased


In 1996, Rovema supplied

a packaging line consisting of

four Rovema VPR continuous

motion vertical bagging

machines fitted with Rovema

SDX auger fillers and these filled

bags were then fed into a CMK

continuous motion horizontal

cartoning machine.

“We’ve received exceptional

service from Rovema for all these

years and continue to do so,”

says Price. “We’re expecting to

see another 20 plus years out of

the original packaging line.”

T 01296 310490

W www.rovema.co.uk

Ian Price (left) with Alistair Bown



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Installation News

End of line palletising is

a game changer for eggs

RM Group has developed

an end of line

automation solution

that is allowing egg producers

to process and palletise their

eggs with ease and at a speed

that is influencing daily

production rates.

The latest system was

installed for a local Mid Wales

based egg supplier who was in

need of automating its existing

egg processing line. The

system of grading and placing

the eggs into plastic trays

was already established at

the plant, but lacked the end

of line automation so was an

ideal match for the RM Group

egg palletiser.

The Mid Wales based farm

produces about 24,000 eggs

per day, so dealing with

such vast numbers meant it

was essential to have a fast

and reliable solution to the


This was achieved through

the new egg palletising robot.

Designed as an end of line

palletiser, it stacks the eggtrays

securely onto a pallet through

the use of a specifically

designed head attached to

an ABB palletising robot.

“We needed something

reliable that could cut our

staff by half, saving us

50% of our wage bill,”

explains Hywel Davies.

“Since the robot has been in

full production we have been

very impressed by how agile

and smoothly the eggs are

moved from our grader to the

pallet with precision placing,

Case sealing and strapping

machines bring automation

Gordian Strapping has

supplied two packaging

lines, each consisting of an

automatic case sealer and an

automatic strapping machine,

along with powered infeed

and gravity outfeed conveyors

to TE Connectivity.

Prior to installing the new

equipment, the company was

hand taping boxes before

dispatching them to customers

worldwide. Introducing

an automated case sealing

and strapping operation

The RM Group has developed a fast and accurate palletising option for eggs

has greatly improved pack

security and, of course,

increased overall operating

efficiency of the lines.

Corrugated boxes of product

are fed into the P25 automatic

random case sealer, which has

the ability to apply tape to the

top and bottom flaps. Once

the top flaps have been closed

and sealed, powered roller

conveyors feed the packs into

the StraPack strapper.

T 01256 394400

W www.gordianstrapping.com

giving us the opportunity to

revolutionise the efficiency

of our egg grading” he


“The robot has allowed us

to run the packing operation

with a single operator instead

of two, saving us in excess

of £10,000 a year in labour

costs,” he concludes.

T 01686 621704

W www.rmgroupuk.com

Speeds are up to 30 metres a minute

Tony Marlow (on the left) with

Mao-Lung Chen of JNY Food

Orders come

from show


JNY Food Co Ltd of Taiwan has

ordered a Bradman Lake SL903

end load cartoner to pack oriental

prepared meal kits and pouches.

Having looked at various

cartoning technologies from

other suppliers, JNY was in the

process of placing the order with

a competitor but decided not to go

ahead after visiting the Bradman

Lake stand at interpack in May.

As well as witnessing the

technology of the company’s

latest generation integrated

packaging line, Bradman Lake’s

solution based approach and its

commitment in customer support

were also deciding factors.

The new packaging line on

the stand comprised a VGR2000

vision guided robotic pick-andplace

line, which loaded the

products into the infeed of a

FT120 multipack flow wrapper

using two robots. After the

required collation had been

created and flow wrapped,

the products entered the IMSL

end load cartoner – Bradman

Lake’s latest machine.

“One of the main reasons for

winning this order was the trust

we established with the customer

and our ability to guide them

through their first ever automatic

cartoning project,” says sales

manager at Bradman Lake

Tony Marlow.

This is the company’s second

order secured at interpack,

the first was from a Chilean

seafood manufacturer.

T 01502 470500

W www.bradmanlake.com


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Delivering fresh benefits

across tray sealing range

Interroll MCP – intersection line 3


platform is


Alpi Sistemi designed and

implemented the new automated

warehouse for owners of the

Paul & Shark clothing brand

Dama utilising Interroll’s modular

conveyor platform (MCP) to

successfully boost productivity in

this specific sector by 150%.

Dama launched the luxury

sportswear brand in 1970 and

all the goods produced transit

through its central warehouse

and logistics hub in Casciago,

before being sent onto its retailer

network. The 27,000sq m

warehouse operates on multiple

levels and is sub-divided into

areas for different tasks, including

folding and hanging of items

with lines that allow automated

handling and storage.

Alpi Sistemi designed and

implemented the bespoke system

in order to optimise the workflow

and also increase efficiency.

The core design of the platform

involves a robust, modular

system that incorporates the

various key conveyor elements

to form a complete material flow

solution to fulfil the required

services. Working closely with

Interroll to thoroughly assess the

handling of a sizeable quantity

of packages entering and leaving

the distribution centre, Interroll

eventually supplied 100 metres

of its MCP, equipped with the

24 V RollerDrive controlled by the

Interroll MultiControl.

T 01536 312770

W www.interroll.co.uk

Reliable processing and

packaging is crucial to

Spanish fruit company

Frutas Montosa especially

for its sensitive products

like mangoes and avocados

which is where denesters and

traysealers from Sealpac

come in.

This not only applies to

Frutas Montosa’s bestseller

(guacamole in trays of 200g

or 500g), but also to the

company’s new mango dip.

The general procedure for

both products is the same;

after processing the resulting

dip is pushed through pipes

to the dosing system that

is positioned above the

packaging line.

This line starts with tray

denesting on Sealpac’s

AS-LS1200 servo linear

denester. The trays are

transported to the Dosimaq

filling system, which

accurately deposits the

required amount of product.

After hermetic sealing

on a traysealer and weight

checking, the trays are

collected on a rotating table.

The operator places the

sealed trays in a torpedo and

loads these into a high pressure

processing unit, where they

are subjected to a pressure

of 6,000 bars. As a final step,

the pressure-treated trays are

taken from the torpedo and

Frutas Montosa’s bestseller is guacamole, which it sells to retailers globally

transported to the lidding


To keep up with the growing

demand for guacamole, Frutas

Montosa bought its very first

Sealpac A6 traysealer five

year’s ago.


“The performance of the

A6 traysealer, which combines

flexibility with significant

output, was clearly better

than that of other equipment

around,” says Frederico

Montosa. “Nowadays,

we actually have four

A6 traysealers and one

A4 traysealer for packaging

our full range of products.”

The smaller A4 traysealer

Automated denesting, dosing, sealing and checkweighing delivers outputs

is handling the recently

introduced mango dip.

“Now that its sales have taken

off, we are already discussing

the options for more capacity

in the area of high pressure

processing and lidding,”

says Montosa.

Traditionally, Frutas

Montosa’s main product has

been guacamole, but the

company also sells whole

fresh avocados, for which

it developed a new type of

packaging several years ago.

By placing two avocados in a

two-compartment tray, with

each compartment shaped

to the avocado, it is now able

to market these commodity

products with added value.

Securely sealed on a Sealpac

traysealer, these products are

easily stacked and transported.

This new pack design has

now also been adopted for

whole fresh mangoes. “One of

the benefits of the traysealers is

that they can handle different

packaging systems by means

of a simple tool change,” says

Montosa. “This allows us to

run new pack designs on the

same base machine, even after

several years of service.”

T 0845 302 3056

W www.sealpac-uk.com

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Installation News

Complete system delivers a

range of biscuit pack styles

Thanks to its Delta robots

with artificial vision,

Cama has recently

installed a complete system for

handling flow packed biscuits

either in trays or in a pile.

The different formats are

first loaded into a preglued

carton by a high speed

continuous motion cartoner,

and then the products are top

loaded into shipping cases.

“Versatility, easy change over

and reliability are the key

words of this Cama turnkey

solution,” says Mark Brooker

of Cama UK.

The system was designed

to handle a range of varied

product formats. In operation,

biscuits of different dimensions

are delivered to the Cama

robotic loading unit on a flat

conveyor. Up to 500 biscuits

a minute arrive in flow packed

piles of three units or in flow

packed trays.

Four Cama Delta robots,

driven by artificial vision,

check the incoming products,

pick them up and place them

in the correct orientation onto

the conveyor of the cartoning

The system can handle various

biscuit formats with speedy ease

machine. The robots create

the necessary loading pattern,

which can be a multi-portion

pack composed by 3x2 piles

of biscuits, or a single flow

wrapped tray to be loaded into

the preglued carton.

The continuous motion

cartoner, model CL169, side

loads the trays or collations of

piled biscuits into pre-glued

cartons before the flaps

are closed and sealed by hot

melt glue.

Depending on the different

products and configurations

being handled, speed can

range to up to 150 cartons

per minute on the line.

Case packing takes place on

the Cama IF294: a monoblock

unit which combines case

erector, 2-axis top loading unit

and case closer in one single

structure. It collates the

cartons and loads them into

shipping cases.

“This line is a great example

of Cama’s capability to supply

turnkey solutions, starting

from the vision driven pick

& place, integrating with

high-speed cartoners and

complemented by proven

case packing solutions,”

says Brooker.

T 01793 831111

W www.camagroup.com

18-head weigher can handle

small packs at higher speed

Ishida multihead weighing

technology has helped

to transform the packing

operation of food company

Hügli’s factory in Zàsmuky

in the Czech Republic with

the installation of a compact

18 head Ishida multihead

weigher to pack dehydrated

products into small 15g to

25g bags at speeds of up to

100 per minute.

“We originally specified

a top speed of 90 packs per

minute for the weigher, but it

quickly became apparent that

the multihead weigher had

the capability to operate even

faster and this has helped to

further increase throughput,”

explains Hügli production

director Pavel Coufal.

While the machine

predominantly handles the

smaller target weights, it also

has the flexibility to handle

larger size packs of up to 150g.

A key benefit of the Ishida

weighers is their ability to

handle changeovers easily.

T 0121 607 7700

W www.ishidaeurope.com

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Installation News

Compact palletisers transform

efficiencies for biscuit packing

Aturnkey palletising

solution from

Brillopak is on

track to yield a return

on investment within

less than 15 months by

dramatically reducing

labour requirements

at the end of a line.

Seven compact

palletisers have

been installed onto

a mezzanine floor of

the Ashby de la Zouch

co-packing centre of

Pladis, the owner of

United Biscuits and

McVities. In excess of

80 SKUs, most of which

involve different box

sizes, are handled here

which is why the palletising

solution had to be extremely

flexible in operation.

Previously, boxes of

products from seven different

lines were palletised manually

which was not only a labour

intensive operation but,

due to lack of space, also

caused congestion in the

packing area. Pladis therefore

approached several equipment

Pladis says the repeatable precision of the palletisers in operation is a credit to Brillopak

suppliers to propose a robotic

solution that would solve

these issues.

Four compact C2 KT400

single cell palletisers were

chosen for the manual pack

stations with a further two

KT400 for each flow wrapper

and a KT800 dual cell for the

high speed cartoner.

“This Brillopak solution met

our needs in terms of layout,

performance and price,”

says Mike Hellier from Pladis.

“The small footprint of the

palletiser combined with the

flexibility to handle our 50

plus SKUs with no tooling

changeover also had a big

impact on our decision.”

Each system uses the latest

Omron NJ series control

system incorporating motion

control, communications

and a separate safety

circuit. Pallet layer

patterns are set up

in-house following

training that was

given by Brillopak.

Product setup involves

simply keying in

the SKU number or

selecting from a drop

down list.

The rest is set up

automatically and the

machine is ready to


All the machines

were inspected at

Brillopak’s factory

prior to installation

and barring minor

hiccups; the machines

went in on time and with a

minimum of disruption to


Since this time, the

machines have performed

to the desired high level

of performance but have

exceeded Pladis’ expectations

in terms of reliability and


T 01622 872907

W www.brillopak.co.uk

Feeding systems are a key part of the new

continuous production concept at Pfizer

Coperion K-Tron has supplied

two feeding systems

comprising five feeders each

to Pfizer Manufacturing

in Germany, as part of

a project to expand its

existing plant and switch

to continuous production.

The compact arrangement

of pharmaceutical feeders

supplied accurately deliver

ingredients into the

continuous mixing process,

thereby guaranteeing

consistent and high quality

end products.

In converting its facility to

continuous production, Pfizer

is increasing the flexibility

and also sustainability of

the plant by implementing

various environmentally

friendly measures.

This makes the plant one of

the most modern and automated

pharmaceutical production

facilities in the world.

In the continuous system,

individual production steps

such as supplying, feeding

and mixing are linked

together in the process

without interruption and

optimally tuned to one

another. To help achieve this,

Coperion K-Tron supplied two

complete feeding systems,

each consisting of two highaccuracy


gravimetric twin screw

feeders with ActiFlow and

P10 Jetfilters, along with three

K-PH-ML-D5-KT35 gravimetric

twin screw feeders with

ActiFlow and P10 Jetfilters.

Coperion K-Tron digital SFT

weighbridges continuously

measure the weight of each

The feeding systems deliver accuracy

feeder, allowing the KCM

feeder control modules to

monitor and regulate the feed

rates accurately.

T 0161 209 4810

W www.coperionktron.com

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PPMA Show will deliver

something for everyone

Once again, the PPMA

Show will be the mustsee

event of the autumn.

Organised by the Processing

& Packaging Machinery

Association (PPMA), the sellout

exhibition will open its

doors at 9.30am on Tuesday

26 September. It runs for three

days in Hall 5 of the NEC,

Birmingham and registration

is now open for visitors.

Greeting attendees will be

over 1,500 companies, all

with a story to tell, represented

by 350 exhibitors. To help plan

visits, we have put together

this 62 page preview which

highlights just some of the

new equipment that will be

demonstrated throughout

the annual event.

Complementing the main

stands will be the Learning

Hub which you can find

in amongst the stands

themselves. Expert sessions

range from CE marking to the

circular economy and from

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apprenticeship engagement

to the Falsified Medicines

Directive. Speakers from the

Food & Drink Federation,

the Food Standards Agency

and Ocado Technology are

just some to be involved.

The full Learning Hub

programme can be found

in the insert you will find

between pages 82 and 83 in

this preview.

And don’t forget to challenge

RoboKeeper during your

visit, a computer-controlled

goalkeeper that uses cuttingedge

robotics and vision

technology. Described as

the World’s Best Goalie, the

RoboKeeper has already

taken on the likes of footballers

Lionel Messi and Neymar

and will challenge visitors

to try and score a goal live at

the show itself.

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PPMA stand will

highlight details

of Group services

Comedian Stewart Francis hosts


evening of

the year

The PPMA Group Industry

Awards returns in 2017 to

celebrate the industry’s winners.

Taking place on Tuesday

26 September 2017, the first

night of the PPMA Show,

the event recognises the finest

examples of innovation, smart

manufacturing, entrepreneurship

and collaboration across all facets

of the industry.

This glitzy event attracts more

than 400 industry professionals

who come together for a three

course gala dinner at the

National Motorcycle Museum in

Birmingham. They will be joined

this year by awards hosts; standup

comedian Stewart Francis

and Sky Sports News presenter

Hayley McQueen.


The business of footballers

CEO of the Football Association (FA) and former food marketer Martin

Glenn will compare and contrast the worlds of business and football at

11.30 on the Tuesday morning of the show. Glenn has been at the FA for

two years but was previously responsible for doubling profitability at

PepsiCo and rejuvenating the Walkers brand before moving to head up

United Biscuits. He will share his thoughts and will also welcome

questions about any of his roles on the day.

The PPMA Group stand will

include details of all the

Group’s services including

future exhibitions, publishing

and seminars.

Also highlighted will be

PPMA BEST, the charity

set up by the Group to help

encourage young people to

enter the sector. The charity

plans to support PPMA,

BARA and UKIVA member

companies to engage with

Schools and Colleges and

develop a talent pipe line

of the next generation of

engineering apprentices and

engineering graduates.

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Show opening times:

Tuesday 26 Sept: 9.30 - 5pm

Wednesday 27 Sept: 9.30 - 5pm

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PPMA Show Preview

World preview of a sleeving

system will be seen at show

The MP136 sleeving system will make its debut at the PPMA Show and will demonstrate its flexibility, trouble-free running and high productivity benefits

The official UK launch

of the MP136 sleeving

system that is designed to

provide flexibility, trouble-free

running and high productivity

will be seen on Cama’s stand

at the NEC-based event.

This latest ‘Break-Through

Generation’ sleeving machine

can pack (neck in and/or neck

out) bottles, cups, jars, bricks,

tins/cans and thermoformed

containers from single and/or

double lane in up to three

product layers.

The sleeving machine

being demonstrated has been

designed to handle glass jars

in various configurations,

either in single or double layer,

at speeds of up to 300 sleeved

packs per minute.

“This design has been

conceived along TPM

(Total Productive Maintenance)

and 6 Sigma principles,”

explains Mark Brooker, director

of Cama UK.

In practice, the control

cabinets with the electric and

pneumatic components are

integrated into the machine

corners. This not only reduces

the machine’s footprint but also

minimises cabling, reduces

installation time and aids easy

placement within any factory.

The machine also delivers

ease of access for the operator

and for maintenance, improves

hygiene, reduces the number

of components in format

changes and also in component

utilisation. This in turn, delivers

reduced spares holding and

ease of maintenance.

“This philosophy is now

applied across the full range

of Cama Group packaging

machines and robotic packing

solutions,” says Brooker.

The company offers a complete

range of secondary packaging

machines such as forming,

closing and lidding machines;

top load & side load cartoners;

case packing for wraparound,

RSC or SRP cases.


W www.camagroup.com

Print & Check serialisation technology

The Serialisation Challenge: helping to get

the supply chain ready in time for deadline

Antares Vision solutions

are delivered in the UK and

Ireland by partner Crest

Solutions and at the show, the

two companies will showcase

the range of serialisation

and aggregation equipment

for quick compliance with

EU-FMD, DSCSA and other

regulatory requirements.

This equipment includes

Print & Check modules for

data printing and verification,

semi-automatic aggregation

units and dedicated software

solutions to manage

traceability at plant and also

at corporate level.

Antares Vision and Crest

Solutions offer the complete

and scalable solution for track

& trace in the pharmaceutical

packaging industry, to

support companies who face

the difficult task of complying

with regulations, while

keeping control on costs and

minimising validation efforts.

At line level, specialised

equipment must perform the

code printing and verification

of individual packs, while at

plant level the IT architecture

must ensure that work orders

with serialised data are

managed across multiple lines

and that all information is

stored safely.

Data is then exchanged

at corporate level, possibly

across multiple stakeholders

within the supply chain

(between licence owners

and contract manufacturers)

and ultimately notified to

governmental authorities.


W www.crestsolutions.co.uk

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Self-monitoring coder will help

businesses improve their OEE

Interactive Coding Equipment

(ICE) will launch a next

generation thermal transfer

overprinter (TTO) which is

able to monitor and report

on the quality of each code

it produces. This largely

removes the need to include

a vision system on the line

in order to meet increasing

demands from retailers for

code quality checks.

ICE says its new Zodiac

Hawk TTO will help

businesses in their drive to

achieve improved Overall

Equipment Effectiveness

(OEE) by being the first coder

that can report on all three

elements of OEE, with quality

now included alongside

performance and availability.

Equally important, the

coder’s ability to provide early

warning of any potential

loss of code quality will help

to minimise production

disruption and downtime.

It will also reduce the risk

of customer complaints or

the possibility of a product

recall, and its cost

implications and potential

damage to brand reputation.

The new coder is billed as a major step forward in thermal transfer overprinting

“We believe the Zodiac

Hawk represents a major step

forward in thermal transfer

overprinting,” says ICE

director Chris Simpson.

“A reduction in code quality

can disrupt production and

has the potential to generate

consumer complaints but in

the past, monitoring codes

effectively has required

investment in additional

expensive equipment,” he

continues. “Now with the

Hawk, this vital task is carried

out as part of the actual

coding operation, offering

a highly efficient and costeffective

means of ensuring

the quality of every code.”

The TTO features iAssure,

an internal checking system

that assesses the spent

ribbon after each code has

been produced to determine

whether the print quality has

been good enough. If the code

is deemed to be unacceptable,

the Zodiac Hawk can signal

for the pack to be rejected

and if the fault persists, can

declare a trend of deterioration

and stop the line entirely.

All information on poor

quality codes, along with

guidance for rectifying the

problem, is reported on

the control screen or may

be accessed and printed

off remotely to enable

manufacturers to take

immediate action.

This helps to minimise

line downtime and limits the

amount of codes with poor

quality which otherwise may

have exited the manufacturing

process, says ICE.

In addition to its ability

to self-monitor code quality,

the Zodiac Hawk also offers

a number of other features

such as its ability to operate

without compressed air to

generate the necessary force

for the printhead and, the fact

it can operate in continuous

or intermittent print modes.

This has significantly

increased print speeds and

throughput capability, with

line speeds as high as 700

packs per minute possible,

explains Simpson.


W www.interactivecoding.co.uk

The full product portfolio for foreign body

detection, including new options, is shown

Minebea Intec continues to

expand its range of solutions

for foreign body detection

with the introduction of a

new x-ray inspection system:

‘Dymond Bulk’ set to be

unveiled at the show. This will

be demonstrated alongside the

freefall metal detection system

Vistus while a new software

release for statistical process

controls: SPC@Enterprise 3.0,

will also be presented.

Dymond Bulk reliably

inspects bulk goods like

nuts, smaller fruits, frozen

vegetables, and also spices,

coffee and seeds, and rejects

any foreign bodies it identifies.

The x-ray system not only

identifies foreign bodies made

from metal, plastic and stone,

but also bits of dirt and glass,

which has obvious benefits for

all goods that are introduced

into the production process

straight from the field.

When it comes to processing

granulated raw materials and

foodstuffs, Minebea offers

another reliable checkpoint

in the form of the freefall

metal detection system called

Vistus. This modular detection

system can be equipped with

tubes and rejection devices

that are suitable even for dusty

products or granules.

It detects and eliminates

all metal foreign bodies

including ferrous, non-ferrous

and even non-magnetic

stainless steel.


W www.minebea-intec.com





is on show

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PPMA Show Preview

New multi-lane metal detector is

designed to beat waste challenge

Fortress Technology

will unveil how metal

detection sensitivity

accomplished by its multiaperture

technology can

deliver optimal food safety

while helping to eradicate

false product rejects.

Factory food waste is a

huge issue and choices about

production equipment,

including metal detection

and other quality control,

can impact the 1.9 million

tonnes wasted annually by

the UK food supply chain.

The Waste and Resources

Action Programme, or WRAP,

estimates 1.1 million tonnes

of this is avoidable, valuing it

at £1.9 billion and attributing

almost 90% to manufacturing.

Forming the centrepiece

of the Fortress display is the

first UK live demonstration

of the company’s new waste

reducing, triple-lane, multiaperture

metal detector.

Rather than channelling

multiple lanes through a single

metal detector, one Stealth

metal detector is mounted

across three conveyor lines.

Avoidable UK manufacturing waste is about 1.1 million tonnes per annum

Each conveyor has its

own BRC-approved reject

system. This puts a stop to an

entire row of good product

being rejected and wasted

if a contaminated product is

identified on one line.

“In a 5-lane configuration

this technically equates to a

400% reduction in false reject

waste,” highlights Phil Brown,

Fortress’s European sales

director. Reliable industry

estimates put the annual

cost per production conveyor

line of false rejects at up to

£14,000, depending on the

scale of the problem.

However, Brown thinks

that this is a conservative

figure when you combine the

physical waste with repeat

machine stoppages.

Having a dedicated aperture

on each lane, measuring

175mm x 75mm, also means

it can detect even smaller

metal particles, of all types,

down to 0.7 mm ferrous, 0.7 mm

non ferrous and 1.4 mm

stainless steel. What’s more,

the smaller apertures cope

better with orientation and

product effect, again reducing

the likelihood of false product

rejects while safeguarding a

food manufacturer’s brand


Featuring Contact

data software for remote

interrogation, the multi-lane

unit also optimises factory

floor space. This was the

case with a twin lane version

recently installed by Dutch

bakery Borgesius where the

closeness of conveyors made

it logistically impossible to

insert two metal detectors.

Alongside the triple-lane

system, Fortress will showcase

three other key applications

on its stand. They include a

Stealth pipeline metal detector

equipped with new Halo2

automatic test technology;

an incline feed gravity metal

detector, plus a horizontal

Interceptor conveyor system

that uses simultaneous

multi-frequency technology

to optimise sensitivity and

inspection performance on

wet and conductive products

like meat, dairy, ready meals

and bakery items.


W www.fortresstechnology.


Sleeve and carton friction feeder can code

troublesome ‘lift-the-flap’ sleeves with ease

Responding to the coding and

handling challenges of the

latest ‘lift-the-flap’ style luxury

pack sleeve, Rotech will launch

its new offline RF Auto sleeve

and carton friction feeder.

This offline sleeve coding

solution for overprinting

essential information, such

as batch numbers and use-by

dates, accurately handles the

latest cardboard watch sleeves

which vary in thickness due

to the new addition of an

informational flap incorporated

into the sleeve. Without any

human intervention, the

system’s patented auto-gate

feature automatically adjusts

to accommodate the varying

thicknesses of each flat pack

to boost coding productivity

and eliminate set-up time and

sleeve waste.

This new lift-the-flap

sleeve style is being used by

premium food brands looking

to impart additional valueadded

product information for

consumer benefit.

The RF Auto’s new autogate

function targets food

manufacturers who find

that increasingly varied

packaging styles can present

a challenge for conventional

coding systems. With gourmet

convenience food on the rise,

meal kits and ready meals are

using the lift-the-flap sleeve

to print recipes.

The RF Auto stack-to-stack

feeder works using a noncontact

thermal inkjet coder

offering a complete offline

overprinting solution.


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PPMA Show Preview

Latest mobile robots provide

for smart and flexible working

Automation specialist

RARUK Automation

will be showing the

full extent of its products and

systems for the processing

and packaging sectors with

several areas of its stand

already earmarked for new


Among the first to

be confirmed is a new

autonomous mobile robot,

designed to change the way

businesses move materials

inside their facilities and

a new Robotiq gripper system

that enhances the productivity

of the company’s Universal

Robot six-axis, collaborative

robotic arms.

When RARUK Automation

launched its MiR100 robot at

PPMA last year it attracted

a lot of attention from

manufacturers actively looking

at the most cost effective ways

of automating their production.

Given the popularity of MiR,

the company has chosen the

show as the launch platform

for the next generation of this

cost effective mobile robot.

With the combination

of flexibility and smart

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The MiR200 robot combines flexibility and smart technology in operation to deliver an easier life for operators

technology, the MiR200 can be

used in virtually any situation

where employees are spending

time pushing carts or making

deliveries. It removes the

tedium, allowing staff to focus

on higher value activities.

MiR200 autonomously

transports a load of up to

200kg and can be customised

with top modules such as

bins, racks, lifts, conveyors

or even a Universal Robot.

Top modules are easy and

quick to change, so the MiR200

can be redeployed for different

tasks. With built-in sensors

and cameras and sophisticated

software, the MiR200 can

identify its surroundings and

avoid all obstacles; there

is no need for expensive and

inflexible wires or sensors

to control navigation.

Meanwhile, RARUK

Automation believes Universal

Robots and Robotiq grippers

and sensors provide the

perfect combination for off-theshelf,

customised automation

solutions. Widening the scope

for this partnership is the new

Robotiq dual gripper that will

be on show.

It is designed specifically for

machine tending applications,

to speed productivity

and relieve employees of

repetitive tasks.

Completing the stand

displays will be IEF Werner

linear motion systems and

MAFU disentangling systems.


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and plastics


Untha UK will unveil its new

packaging, pallet and plastics

shredder at the show.

Capable of handling

everything from wooden pallets

to production waste – as well

as plastic lump, drums, film

and mixed rigids – the QR high

throughput shredder has been

developed in conjunction with

recyclers worldwide.

Untha UK’s managing director

Marcus Brew says this latest

innovation is about achieving

impressive results with minimal

effort. “It’s a flexible piece of

equipment that can be easily

reconfigured to tackle different

waste streams, and with our low

maintenance pusher technology,

it has been purposefully

engineered to deliver maximum

yield and uptime,” he says.

With a resilient drive for

machine longevity, low wear parts

and integrated gears for added

maintenance simplicity, Untha

is pitching the QR as a shredder

with incredibly low whole life

running costs.

“A simple planned preventative

maintenance plan is all that is

required to preserve optimum

operational conditions,” continues

Brew. “That means less time spent

on the upkeep of the shredder, and

more time actually shredding.

“We’ve tried to think about

everything, from a simple touch

screen control panel with remote

diagnostics, to foreign object

protection for safe and easy

removal of foreign material,”

he tells Machinery Update.


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The QR shredder will be on show

Overwrappers cater for

numerous volume needs

Sollas UK will be

demonstrating two

overwrapping machines

from it range of packaging

equipment – the SE25 and

the SX60 models.

The SE25 is a semiautomatic

machine but still

offers a high-specification

and operational capability.

“It is a highly flexible machine

and is much appreciated

by contract packers and

the smaller perfumery and

cosmetics companies,” says

John Marchment, sales

director at Sollas UK.


The second machine on

show is the SX60, a fully

automatic, servo and cam

operated machine which

can be adapted to operate

with a variety of products.

It can operate at speeds of

up to 60 packs a minute and

is suitable for factories that

require higher production

rates. The SX range can be

found installed around the

world operating in perfumery/

cosmetics, tea/coffee, digital

media, tobacco/vaping,

UPM Conveyors will be

discussing the latest conveyor

technologies for the food

processing and packaging

sectors that improve efficiency

in product handling with a

performance guarantee based

on zero maintenance.

Celebrating 45 years of

manufacturing its conveyor

design, the company will also

demonstrate metal detection

with multi-lane product

divert and merge, together

with a food grade 360-degree

Among equipment on show will be this SE25 semi automatic overwrapper

confectionery and a whole

host of other industries.

Both machines are userfriendly

with highly intuitive

Siemens HMI’s to help

operators, says Marchment.

Quick and easy product

changeovers are provided

by both machines, too.

Other features include one

level infeed and outfeed and

low cost product changeparts.


W www.sollas.com

Celebrating 45 years of conveying successes

to food processing and packaging companies

carousel plus stainless steel

gravity roller conveyors.

Also featured will be the

latest automation via belt

conveyors with operational

solutions for cooling,

counting, singulation

and orientation of product

handling, static removal

and metal detection.

“It’s always very exciting

and rewarding to attend

PPMA Shows and discuss

our conveyor solutions in

detail with those who could

Roy Fowler from UPM Conveyors

benefit from them most,”

says sales director at UPM

Roy Fowler.


W www.upmconveyors.co.uk

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PPMA Show Preview

Equipment range brings gains

to converting and printing area

Easy palletising –

a collaborative robot solution

Visit us at

PPMA Show 2017

on Stand D92

26-28 September!

The collaborative robot from FlexLink allows you to create a

palletising pattern in as little as 20 minutes, using an Android tablet.

Just enter the SKU details into the bespoke software to remotely

create a sequence. No prior programming experience needed.

Visit FlexLink’s YouTube channel to see a video of our collaborative

robot, or call FlexLink on 01908 327200 to arrange a demonstration of

the palletising options for your products.


FlexLink is part of Coesia, a group of innovation-based industrial solutions companies operating globally headquartered in

Bologna, Italy.


Supplier of converting,

packaging and printing

equipment Jarshire

together with Dotec,

manufacturer of reel and roll

handling equipment, have

high expectations for the

show that has proved to be

an effective platform for them

in recent years.

Highlight of the product

display will be Dotec’s roll

and reel handling equipment

that has been recognised for

its efficiency and operator

safety. A gantry system will be

operational with an RH90 tilt

and turn roll handler together

with a special vacuum lifter/

turner for boxes and bags.

Jarshire will be demonstrating

an operator-friendly Moviroll

roll/reel pusher from Renova.

With either the pneumatic or

battery-operated versions,

an operator can effortlessly

manoeuvre both large and

small cylindrical loads on a flat

surface before placing them on

a roll stand or shuttle.


Information on other products

from the Jarshire portfolio

will include the advanced

cutting technology of Espo

knife-holders which facilitate

functional in-line integration

to all existing winders, slitters,

sheeters and web processing

machines, whatever the

substrate and also lightweight

airshafts from Svecom that

provide efficient insertion and

withdrawal of the shaft from

the reels while speeding up

production through quicker

reel changes.

Finally, the pneumaticallyoperated

Jarshire Reelsaver

reduces damaged cores waste.

Its tapered jaws are inserted into

old or damaged 3in, 6in or 8in

ID cores and expanded to return

the core to its original shape.


W www.jarshire.co.uk

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Piab MU S-O 2017

Live time trials show

easier pallet stacking

For palletising boxes, Pallet+ can adjust profiles to accommodate tight

tolerances much more easily than when using robot teach pendants

Pacepacker Services will unveil its new

Pallet+ technology which, thanks to

time saving features including

off-line programming, slashes the set-up

of a new pallet stack layout from about

one hour to several minutes.

At the show, live palletising time

trials will demonstrate how to modify

a stacking recipe using Pallet+ versus

using a traditional robot teach pendant.

Thanks to graphical elements and valueentry

boxes, the Pallet+ interface can be

operated without users understanding

complex programming language, cutting

recipe programming times hugely.

“Pallet+ is especially beneficial when

handling rigid boxes where there is

very little stacking tolerance, 5mm in

some instances,” explains Pacepacker’s

technical director Richard Gladwin.

Furthermore, Pacepacker believes this

technology could signal the end

of engineer programing

visits and therefore give

packers more machine

uptime, faster turnaround

and greater production


Compared to the previous

steps of modifying a

palletising stack format,

which could involve

multiple robot jogging and

co-ordinated recording

steps, Pallet+ users can

perform programme

changes on a control panel

local to the machine or

off-line via a separate

computer. Pacepacker can

even create new palletising

recipes and email them

to customers, or login

remotely and upload them.

Pallet+ is being installed

on all Pacepacker’s new

robot palletising systems

as standard. It can also be

retrofitted to existing robots

supplied by Pacepacker,

including case loading, from

all food and bulk sectors.

Operation requires little

or no programming

knowledge, which Gladwin

says given today’s in-house

engineering skills shortages

is proving a real benefit.

One longstanding customer is already

converting its entire robot programming

systems after trialling Pallet+.


Billed as ideal for manufacturers and

contract packers reliant on machine uptime

to meet contract delivery schedules,

Pallet+ enables factories to rapidly adjust

to changing product formats, shapes and

pack sizes, creating fast yet stable delivery

pallets. It virtually eliminates any need

for operatives to touch the robot pendant

and cuts out all the time-consuming

programming steps.

At the show, Pallet+ will appear on

a fully automated case erection, loading,

closing and palletising line up, which

forms the centrepiece of the company’s

PPMA 2017 display.


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PPMA Show Preview

New horizontal flow wrapper

provides all-round efficiency

Paramount Packaging

Systems, the UK and

Ireland’s exclusive

distributor of Fuji’s

horizontal and

vertical form, fill and

seal equipment,

is launching Fuji’s latest

evolution in packaging

machinery at the show.

In operation, the

Alpha 8 horizontal flow

wrapper has been designed

to offer improvements over

previous models to deliver

increased productivity times

and reduce running costs.

“This machine has also

evolved to incorporate a

stronger, simpler and more

accessible end seal system,

which is quieter, more

reliable, with higher sealing

pressure,” explains Aaron

Bessell, Paramount Packaging

Systems’ sales and marketing


Also, the Fuji vision system

is enhanced through the auto

teaching function, which

includes automatic detection

of correct print for product,

thus avoiding incorrect film.

This is complemented by

a new interface, with a

larger screen (now 15.6in),

which is customisable to

allow for immediate access

to main and most commonly

used functions.

Fuji has also added a 500mm

shorter film path and film

rollers made of stainless steel

for increased hygiene benefits.


Bessell believes the Alpha 8

is the most exciting machine

Fuji has launched, yet.

“With its updated features,

we have also attained a 20%

energy saving, a reduction in

setup and changeover times

The Alpha 8 is designed to improve

productivity across a wide range of

industries such as food and pharma

and a further reduction in film

waste,” he says.

“It’s a more cost-effective

solution for our customers and

what is more, Fuji has also

launched a new high speed

Alpha 8 model which can

produce hermetically sealed

packs at 400 per minute.”

Similar to the Alpha VII, the

Alpha 8

is designed

to improve

productivity across a

wide variety of industries

including meat, poultry

& fish, bakery, dairy, tea

& coffee, pharmaceutical

and household supplies.

At the PPMA Show,

demonstrations of the Alpha 8

and the new high speed model

will take place throughout the

three days.


W www.paramount-packaging.


High shear mixer specialist is launching a

first ever benchtop powder/liquid version

Silverson Machines is

best known for the design

and manufacture of high

shear mixers for the food,

pharmaceutical, cosmetics

and chemical industries.

At the PPMA Show, the

company will be launching

the Verso FMX5 which is

its first ever benchtop

powder/liquid mixer.

Dispersing powders into

liquids can pose just as big

a challenge in the laboratory

as it can on the production

floor which is why this unit

has been developed.

The new pilot scale Flashmix

can easily incorporate a

wide range of powders with

the same performance,

mixing characteristics and

repeatability that the larger

models provide.

“This also offers an easy

and accurate means of scaling

up in the future,” says Chris

Ryan of Silverson.

The company will also

be demonstrating its

established range of

production scale batch,

Ultramix and in-line

high shear mixers as

well as a full range

of laboratory and

pilot scale units.

Mixers are used

throughout the food,


cosmetic, chemical

and petrochemical

industries for duties

including emulsifying,

homogenising, solubilising,

suspending, dispersing,

disintegrating solids and

accelerating reactions.

The Verso FMX5 offers the same

performance as production units


W www.silverson.co.uk

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Core component range includes

latest linear motion technology

HepcoMotion will

showcase core

components used in

packaging and processing

machinery including a

selection of its linear motion


Key products on the stand

include the highly-regarded

GFX Hepco Guidance

System for the Beckhoff XTS

(eXtended Transport System).

This solution utilises Hepco’s

PRT2 and 1-Trak guidance

systems to work with

Beckhoff’s XTS circuit linear

system which is designed

to meet the needs of higher

duty XTS applications where

motion profiles and long-term

durability requirements are

particularly demanding

(See this issue – page 114).



8metres per second and is

suitable where high accuracy

and quiet operation are needed

The combination of

technologies from market

leaders Beckhoff and Hepco

provides users with a robust,

high production and flexible

solution that will revolutionise

production processes in many

manufacturing applications,

says the company.

Hepco will also be

showcasing its core V guide

linear system: GV3. This is

designed to serve a diverse

range of automation and

linear applications and is

widely used in the packaging

industry for applications such

as a telescopic pick and place

gantry, transport system or

multi-lane row divider to

name but a few.


W www.hepcomotion.com

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PPMA Show Preview

New print head is a value added

but affordable verification option

With heightened

safety standards for

manufacturers and

the need for effective batch

control, ClearView Imaging

will be launching the new

CheckMate Print Head which

is billed as a more accurate

and affordable in-line batch

verification print and vision


The high-performance

vision solution brings new

security to the verification of

continuous inkjet (cij) product

and batch information on a

huge variety of packaging

formats, designs, colours

and substrates allowing for

controlled batch recalls.

“Global recalls have

devastating cost and brand

image implications for

manufacturers and retailers

alike,” explains ClearView

Imaging managing director

Allan Anderson. “Yet the

market faces continuous

pressure on margins and,

as a result, has difficulty

financially justifying costly

in-line batch-verification

systems,” he says.

The CheckMate Print Head

unit is based on industrial

grade, IP67 smart camera

technology and proven,

patented algorithms built

around dot matrix printing.

It is able to verify legibility

CheckMate Print Head can deliver more effective in-line batch verification

rather than simply comparing

cij codes. The patented system

does not use image preprocessing,

a procedure that is

extremely intolerant of minor

deviations in character and

string separation; and even

more intolerant of incomplete

character prints.

Pre-processing also

introduces its own issues

due to the way it dilates the

printed dots in order to create

complete strokes and strings

for recognition purposes.

Instead, ClearView

Imaging’s technique offers

greater readability of the

codes, says Anderson.

Its patented algorithm

is capable of discerning

individual characters – even

partially printed ones – with

far more accuracy, resulting

in higher quality levels,

improved confidence in the

printed information, low

spurious faults (prints rejected

by the system but are still

legible to the human eye)

and greater peace of mind

for those who rely on lot code

identification should a product

recall ever become necessary.

“The system is the

only in-line print and

verification solution

(comprising the CheckMate

Print Head and a Linx 10

CIJ printer) for £10,000,

including installation and

commissioning,” continues

Anderson. “This makes it

affordable to manufacturers

with already tight margins.”

The CheckMate Print Head

will also work with any cij

printer, making it a viable

retrofit option.

Value engineered to focus

on this application and

designed to mimic the set-up

of the cij printing system,

Anderson believes this simpleto-use

system satisfies the

growing pressure throughout

the industry for reliable but

cost effective solutions to

more effectively verify batch

information printed in-line.


W www.clearviewimaging.co.uk

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PPMA Show Preview

Vertical elevation range handles

variety of bulk materials securely

LineView Solutions has been developing and installing factory information

systems for more than 15 years. Despite the trend towards smart factories

and Industry 4.0, there are still many plants that are not networked and

many lines that do not have the level of automation required for overall

site visibility. This lack of automation has brought about the need for a

wireless, battery-powered system.

The solution?

RapidView: a technology-based

portable system for instant

performance data gathering and


Developed with a world leading

bottler, RapidView has been

tested and rolled out globally,

and targets a five percent

improvement in performance

on underperforming production


Simple, scalable and mobile,

it analyses production line

performance in real-time,

helping production teams to

partner with global operations

teams to make production sites

more efficient.

RapidView provides an

extremely portable selfcontained

system that allows

operational excellence

consultants to perform on-site

auditing efficiently, advising on

improvements almost instantly

based on real-time automated

accurate data capture.

How does it work?

Each RapidView system is

wirelessly connected to

production line sensors that

allows the central controller to

receive instant performance

data, helping to discover

any issues and highlight


The hardware is both rugged

and IP rated for installation in

harsh production environments.

It comes with battery-powered

wireless sensing stations that

allow users to leave the sensors

in place for up to 48 hours to

assess the production line and

to gain the relevant data.

When a production line is ‘out

of balance’, RapidView helps in

two ways;

• It provides live data against

key metrics so that instant

adjustments can be made.

• It sends trending reports and

data to global management

for strategic decision making.

By using this kind of auditing

technology to manage line

performance issues remotely,

staff can spend less time


www.lineview.com | +44 1564 793039

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helping the

business to

save money on


costs. With this new

tool, a business can achieve

the desired line performance

improvements and reach five

times the number of sites per

year, at a fraction of the cost.

RapidView can be used as

a core tool for a company’s

improvement audit method, and

to complement all a business’

line studies.

Impressively, the equipment

can be installed by an onsite

team in a couple of hours. Once

data has been gathered, it is

easy to see where issues lie and

what improvements need to be


Benefits of RapidView include:

• Instant visual and actionable


• Quick and easy to install – set

up in less than two hours

• Perfect for equipment audits

and CAPEX justification

• Real-time overview of line


• Instant visibility of top losses

• Built-in tactical reporting

• Loss to bottleneck machine

accurately allocated.

Nerak Wiese will

showcase its range

of vertical conveyors

and the team will explain

why its products – most of

which are manufactured at

its factory in Brecon – are

proven solutions for the rapid

and secure handling of bulk

materials and unit loads.

Nerak supplies continuous

bucket elevators and pendulum

bucket elevators for bulk

handling, both of which offer

horizontal, vertical or inclining

conveying paths in ‘S’ and ‘C’

configurations, with conveying

heights of up to 50 metres.

A wide range of options such

as food grade design and metal

detectable buckets can

be supplied to customers.


The company says that many

of the advantages of its bucket

conveyors stem from the

special rubber block chain.

“The rubber chain achieves

its high tensile strength from

embedded vulcanized steel

cables,” explains Simon

Musgrave, sales director at

Nerak. “With a link-free design,

it ensures quiet operation

and does not suffer from

chain stretch,” he continues.

“In terms of maintenance,

the design is wear-resistant,

avoids the need for lubrication

and provides corrosion-free

operation to ensure very low

maintenance needs.”

Nerak will also be promoting

its range of spiral conveyors

which are suitable for a variety

of applications including food

processing and end of line

operations in manufacturing

or distribution. Featuring a

modular design and available

in both 400mm and 600mm

belt widths, the spiral

conveyors offer a capacity of

up to 3,000 units per hour.


W www.nerak-wiese.co.uk

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Wide range of ‘check and detect’

equipment for the food industry

Loma Systems will be

highlighting a wide range

of ‘check and detect’

contaminant inspection

equipment for the food industry.

The newly launched next

generation IQ4 metal detector

series with improved detection

sensitivity will be on the

stand, as will the compact

X5C x-ray and checkweighing

combination machine.

This unit is specially designed

to ensure compliance with

retailers’ codes of practice and

average weight legislation.

Also featured will be the

company’s durable, flexible

and factory-friendly X5 x-ray

inspection models which are

used widely by food producers

across the world.

Loma’s IQ4 series of next

generation metal detection

systems offer significantly

improved sensitivity compared

to previous models and a

plethora of ‘industry first’

features which are purpose

designed to deliver optimum

production efficiencies. With

the combination of enhanced

Auto Learn functionality,

improved product screening

and more sophisticated signal

processing, the IQ4 provides

significant improvements in

detection performance, says

the company.

The IQ4 has enabled Loma

to introduce true variable

frequency technology to

its pipeline, waferthin and

vertical fall metal detectors

for the first time.

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Loma’s next generation IQ4 metal detector offers improved detection sensitivity

kHz, all metal detectors in

the IQ4 range are capable of

automatically selecting the

correct operating frequency

so changes in products or

packaging (that necessitate

an alteration in frequency)

no longer require costly

and inconvenient operator


In addition, variable

frequency allows processors

to easily run different pack

sizes and shapes while

benefiting from improved

stability and sensitivity.

All models in the IQ4

metal detector range boast

a newly designed 7in colour

touchscreen with a modernised

and more intuitive interface

that has been developed to

simplify operation.

A special new blue sealing

arrangement coupled with a

‘beyond’ IP69K ingress rating

helps make the horizontal

search heads resilient to a host

of tough factory conditions,

including thermal fluctuations

as a result of inspecting

frozen food products and high

temperature wash down with

corrosive chemical agents.

Loma’s popular X5C x-ray

and CW3 combo inspection

system is capable of weighing

products while simultaneously

inspecting for foreign bodies,

all in one integrated system.

The integrated ‘detect

and weigh’ technologies

ensure food safety for brand

protection, and consistency.


W www.loma.com

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PPMA Show Preview

New four-arm Delta robot is

a first in punnet loading line

Brillopak has chosen

the PPMA Show 2017

as the setting for the

UK premiere of its new fresh

produce punnet loading

line. Called Meteor, it is the

first food packing end of line

system in the UK to integrate

Omron’s new four-arm Delta

robot which will also be

demonstrated at the show

(see page 64 in this preview).

Brillopak specialises in

developing bespoke end of

line packing machines to

load fresh produce packs into

retailer crates. Unlike most

traditional robotic loading

systems which pick and place

punnets in layers, Meteor

loads individual punnets into

retail crates at speeds of up

to 150 punnets a minute and,

it is claimed, with a new

degree of dexterity that no

layer-based robot handling

system can achieve.

A leading UK fresh

produce retailer approached

the company as it wanted

to eliminate packing

interruptions: “Lines that

handle fresh produce

Labour intensive manual case loading will be a thing of the past with Meteor

such as fruits, vegetables or

meats, are usually highly

automated,” says Brillopak

director David Jahn.

“As they continue to become

faster and more efficient, the

higher throughput places

a strain on the end of line

packing function.

“Traditionally, this process

is achieved by accumulating

the packs and picking and

placing products into crates

in layers, but if one punnet

is dropped or falls off the line,

the interruption can cause

severe periods of downtime

and waste,” he says.

“Speed and dexterity is

critical if our British retailers

and packers are to automate

their end of line packing

processes,” he continues.

“Flawless loading with

minimal line interruptions

can only be achieved with a

single product pick – it’s the

safest way to load a wide range

of retail crates accurately and

why we developed Meteor.”

The Meteor system picks

and places individual

packs at a top speed of 150

punnets a minute. As well as

incorporating the fastest Delta

robot in the world, Omron’s

Quattro has a four-arm axis

design allowing it to reach

30% further than similar sized

robots and also to tilt the load,

making it much more flexible.

These features make it ideal

for placing packs in tight

spaces, such as punnet crates.

Jahn believes the PPMA

Show always attracts

ambitious UK food

manufacturers looking for

progressive automation and

that it is the perfect stage to

hold the UK premiere of the

Meteor and unveil a new

punnet loading technique.


W www.brillopak.co.uk

Versatile spiral elevator/lowerator will

demonstrate efficient handling solution

Conveyor Systems Limited

(CSL) will present a range of

conveyors as well as its latest

vertical transport solutions,

including the versatile spiral

elevator/lowerator that

is easily integrated into a

conveyor system to provide

efficient handling solutions.

CSL’s versatile, energy

efficient, space saving spiral

elevators/lowerators provide

smooth continuous flow and

high throughput of product

within a small footprint, and

the company says the most

compact machine on the market.

It can also be used to provide

accumulation and buffer storage,

playing an important role in an

integrated conveying system.

Also featured on the stand

will be the new energy

efficient 24V non-contact

accumulation conveyor

(Zero Line Pressure/ZLP) in

aluminium frames, which is

ideal for transporting fragile,

high value or irregular shaped

products. It provides smooth

transfer and accumulation

without the products touching.

CSL representatives will

be available to also discuss

its full range of conveyor

solutions throughout the three

days. From single conveying

modules, through to turnkey

projects with full integrated

control systems, the company

has designed, installed and

commissioned handling

solutions across a wide range

of industries. Indeed, CSL

has just celebrated 20 years of

successful trading.


W www.conveyorsystemsltd.co.uk

Spiral elevator/lowerator on show



Metal detector meets checkweigher. Protection rating IP69K. Wash-down

design. Highest level of reliability. The perfect high-tech combination of

checkweigher and metal detector. The innovative solution for the food

industry, setting quality standards in terms of product safety.

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PPMA Show Preview

Various liquids are now

filled with accurate ease



is bringing

its best-selling

Stratum in line,

servo-driven filler

for viscous and

free flowing liquids

to the UK for the

PPMA Show.

The machine

has already sold

to over 100 global

players in the food

and beverage,

health and beauty,

and chemical

industries – both

as a stand-alone

unit and as a part

of complete turnkey

production lines. In operation,

it is specifically designed to fill

foaming viscous liquids with an

ultra-high portioning accuracy

of +/- 0.25% of filling volume.

Throughput models offered

range from 30 packs a minute

to over 200 a minute.

From water, peanut butter

and ink, to pastes, creams and

paints, the Stratum is designed

to fill a wide range of liquids

Herma UK will exhibit a

wide range of self-adhesive

labelling systems at the


The labelling systems,

which are all based around

the market leading Herma

label applicator, will include

the price competitive B and C

range which are billed as

ideal for food and other

industries where quality

machinery achieving top,

base, side and wraparound

labelling are required.

The market leading

The Stratum automatic liquid filling machine offers versatility

and particulates with a wide

spectrum of viscosity levels.

Accuracy is delivered by the

proprietary ‘no-drip, clear cut’

diving nozzles technology and

design. Its bottom-up filling

feature, which also allows

for a sensitive programmable

portioning speed graph for

anti-foaming and dripping

prevention, means there is

no waste.

Labelling equipment offers a

range of application benefits

Herma 362E front

and back labelling

system will also

be on display. This

machine meets

the stringent

requirements of the


and food industries

as it offers precise

and also secure



W www.hermalabellingmachines.


A fully


easy to use

Siemens HMI and

PLC is included

and tool-free

changeovers can

be achieved in

about 20 minutes

on the filler that

was demonstrated

at interpack in

Germany, earlier

this year.

“The Stratum

is designed

to dovetail

seamlessly with

a full Shemesh


packaging line so,

as always at the PPMA Show

we will be happy to discuss

our full range of capabilities

including automated feeding,

loading, filling, sealing,

capping, labelling and

packing,” says Shai Shemesh,

the company’s managing

director and the head of its

London offices.


W www.shemeshautomation.com

The Herma 652B

Hyperspectral imaging is on show

Meeting the

vision needs

of industries

Stemmer Imaging will have

a team of vision experts available

to discuss any machine vision

requirements, applications and

training needs that visitors to

the exhibition might have.

Vision technology on show

will include the latest techniques

such as hyperspectral imaging

as well as a host of process,

product and packaging inspection

solutions. These include a new

high speed, high performance

code reading capability.

A conveyor-belt demonstration

featuring a Boa 2 smart camera

and Boa Spot IDE vision sensor

from Teledyne DALSA will show

barcode, 2D Datamatrix code and

OCR capabilities on a variety of

boxes. This not only highlights

DALSA’s brand new high speed,

high performance code reading

algorithm but the cameras

will be individually filtered to

read only from boxes of a

specific colour.

This new algorithm not only

increases reading speeds by a

factor of up to 10, but also offers

enhanced capabilities for more

difficult applications involving

direct part marking. These

include codes produced using

dot peening or laser of chemical

etching methods.

Later this year, the company

is holding its Machine Vision

Technology Forum which

this time, has a new 2-day

format. It will be held at the

Silverstone Wing exhibition

and conference centre on

November 15 and 16.


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Smart sensor technologies

answer Industry 4.0 needs

Discovering how smart

sensor technologies

help to deliver

manufacturing flexibility

and predictive maintenance

in Industry 4.0-enabled

manufacturing and logistics

environments will be the

focus for Sick UK’s stand.

The company will be

unveiling the latest smart

sensors in its rapidlyexpanding

portfolio of

intelligent solutions for

real-time data sharing and

IO-Link connectivity.

Sick sensors provide for

better productivity and

machine availability through

benefits such as more rapid

product changeovers,

transparent track and trace

and improved diagnostics.


“Intelligent sensors are

fundamental to fulfilling

the opportunities opening

up through digitised

manufacturing,” says

Seb Strutt, senior UK product

specialist at Sick. “Sensors

that capture and interpret

the large volumes of data

Smart sensors allow customers to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0 today

required at the field level

are the life-blood of fullyconnected

networked plants.

“Smart sensing technologies

guarantee transparency at

every stage of this value

added process,” he continues.

“But that doesn’t mean that

our customers have to resort

to future-gazing as our sensors

can be integrated into existing

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automation architectures to

open up data sharing with

higher-level systems right now.”

On the stand will be

Sick’s next-generation KTS/

KTX sensors which Strutt

says break new ground in

reliability, accuracy and

versatility for print, labelling,

converting and packaging

applications in the food

and bottling industries.

Sick’s expanding range of

industrial instrumentation

sensors for level, flow and

pressure measurement

include the Dosic Ultrasonic

Flowmeter. With fully

stainless steel wetted parts

without in-channel seals

or moving components, the

Dosic offers reliable inline

measurement for applications

where hygiene and corrosion

resistance are essential

such as food, beverage and

pharmaceutical processes.

Visitors will be able to see

how smart technologies are

influencing developments

to the company’s 2D and 3D

vision portfolio, as well

as its comprehensive autoidentification

solutions from

high speed barcode reading to

RFID technologies.

The stand will also

showcase the latest in safety

light curtain and laser

scanning technology – all

supported within the versatile

Flexi-Soft safety control

software environment.


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• Stretch Wrapping

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• Robotic Palletising & Depalletising

Stands C60 & B110

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The new Flowmodul is the first flow-wrapping unit that can be seamlessly integrated into the TLM system

without an electrical cabinet. A separate machine for packaging products in flowpacks is no longer required.

This results in a space-saving solution that also ensures more flexibility, quality and greater efficiency.

Format changes are extremely easy. They are carried out automatically at the touch of a button and do not

require any manual adjustments. For more exciting details on the new Flowmodul and other innovations

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PPMA Show Preview

Teledyne e2v

monochrome or colour

linescan cameras are

ideal for online quality

control and sorting

machine vision

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Omron’s Quattro is billed as the world’s fastest and first 4 arm Delta robot and it will make its debut at the exhibition

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With a pick rate of

300 per minute,

Omron will debut

what it says is the world’s

fastest and most flexible Delta

pick and place robot.

The only Delta on the

market with four arms, the

Omron Quattro also offers a

larger working envelope and

a degree of manipulation

not achievable elsewhere.

Furthermore, the Quattro

is also the only Delta robot

which is USDA certified and

constructed with materials

that are safe for primary food

handling. This makes it more

hygienically-advanced than

existing robots on the market.

Key to the advanced

performance of the Quattro

Delta robot is a patented, four

arm rotational platform, which

offers significant advantages

over traditional three arm

Delta robots. The fourth arm

allows the robot to reach up

to 30% further than traditional

designs, facilitating a larger

operational area, including

the ability to access wider



The extra arm also allows

the robot to tilt, meaning

the load can be placed at

a different angle than it is

picked – billed as a real game

changer for packaging and

other automation applications.

The powerful combination

of speed, manipulation,

reach and a 15kg payload will

ensure the Omron Quattro

Delta is ideal for any general

automation application.

“PPMA members go out of

their way to exhibit the latest

cutting-edge technology to

attract UK brand owners from

the food, pharma and fmcg

industries,” says Dan Rossek,

Omron’s marketing manager.

“This year, Omron will debut

the only 4 arm Delta robot

in the world which is also

the fastest Delta robot on

the market.

“It’s a feat of engineering

for all to see,” he concludes.

Complementing the Quattro

Delta will be a preview of

Omron’s futuristic OKAO

software. The demonstration

will show powerful gesture

control over the production

process, as well as how facial

recognition can be used to

unlock different levels of

access to control functions

and information.

Omron will also

demonstrate a new 4.0 ready

visualisation platform which

gives a complete visual

representation of critical

machine and production data.


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Wet-In-Place functionality will

be shown for vacuum conveyor

Piab will introduce the

new Wet-In-Place (WIP)

option for its premium

vacuum conveyor range.

Ensuring a safer working

environment in food and

pharmaceutical processing

plants, WIP functionality can

be added to the company’s

new piFLOWp vacuum

conveyors or retrofitted to

existing units.

In operation, the water

sprayed by the WIP nozzles

wet any dust from food or

pharmaceutical materials left

in conveyors, stopping it from

escaping into the air where

it can be inhaled by processing

staff during maintenance

or cleaning procedures.

By wetting potentially

harmful leftover materials

before the equipment is

opened for cleaning, the spray

nozzles ensure that any such

dust stays wet in place until

it can be safely removed.

For maximum performance

and coverage, and to make

sure as much material as

possible is captured as quickly

as possible, up to three spray

nozzles can be fitted to each

conveyor. The


design of the


conveyor also

allows simple


of WIP units,


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in existing



Piab says its

sterile Ultra

Low Penetration

Air (ULPA,

class U15-17) filters

provide greater filtration than

High Efficiency Particulate

Air (HEPA) filters, and

are offered as standard

accessories for piFLOWp.

The piFLOWp conveyor for

powder and bulk materials

is designed to match the

stringent demands for

operational safety and

hygiene found in the food and

pharmaceutical industries.

Made from materials that

comply with the US FDA and

EU 1935/2004 regulations,

Piab’s conveyors can be used

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The WIP option ensures a safer working environment in food and pharma processing plants

to safely transport large

volumes of powder/bulk

materials, and their advanced

technology guarantees

segregation-free conveying.


Maximising the safety of the

processing staff, piFLOWp is

available in ATEX dust and

gas approved designs, in

which all plastic or rubber

parts, including filters and

seals, are made of antistatic

nitrile butadiene rubber.

Regardless of the application,

the vacuum conveyors are

designed to meet the demands

of the global food and

pharmaceutical industries.

Offering low noise and

contained conveying, ATEX

certification, compliance

with FDA and EU regulations,

as well as fulfilling current

Good Manufacturing Practice,

the conveyors ensure a safe

working environment and

problem-free, productive

operation, says the company.


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PPMA Show Preview

Automation solutions deliver

tangible benefits for everyone

Mitsubishi Electric

will demonstrate

easy integration for

new packaging machinery

automation solutions at

the show.

With the aid of a Proseal

GT0 automatic inline tray

sealing system on its stand,

the company is demonstrating

how the most advanced

high speed heat sealing

technology and robots are

becoming far easier to deploy.

The advanced functionality,

simple integration and ease of

programming of its automation

technologies are delivering

tangible benefits – both for

machine builders looking to

gain a competitive edge and for

end users looking to increase

productivity and flexibility.


The Proseal GT0 tray sealing

machine was designed to

increase line speeds, cut

labour costs and produce

over 45 packs per

minute. The

machine meets


for rapid tool

changes, simple

operation and ease

of integration with

other production

line equipment.

The high accuracy

tool alignment system

ensures consistently

accurate sealing and film

cutting, while a servo-driven

‘setting-free’ automatic tray

collation infeed delivers

increased performance.

A pendant mounted colour

touch screen HMI provides

control for full double-sided

operation, with menu-driven

control offering step-by-step

prompts, error and status

displays and a useful batch

counter function, as well as

providing recipe-driven auto

machine set-up for tool change.

All of these benefits are

delivered by Mitsubishi

automation equipment,

including GOT series HMI

for operator interaction,

variable speed drives and

servos for the demanding

motion control requirements,

control gear and an iQ-platform

PLC for overall machine

control. “Adoption of a single,

coherent automation platform

ensures higher machine OEE

(with faster throughput, faster

product changeovers and less

scrap), along with reduced

total cost of ownership,” says

Garry Lewis, marketing &

communications manager at

Mitsubishi Electric.

The live Proseal machine

demonstration on the stand

includes a Melfa articulated

arm robot that is picking and

placing trays to and from the

GT0 tray sealer.

As well as enabling

packaging sector machine

The GT0 traysealer from Proseal

builders to deliver operational

benefits to their customers,

the Mitsubishi automation

solution also offers advantages

for the machine builders

The new Smart Carriage allows multiple operations on different products

themselves. Adoption of a

single automation platform

ensures ease of integration

for the various components,

while the iQ Works

engineering environment

removes a significant burden

from the machine builder or


iQ Works offers full

integration of PLC, variable

speed drive, motion and

robot programming


including function

blocks, a common tag

database and


as well as


across all

these control


All of this means

machine builders can

reduce development time,

drive up reusability,

reduce debugging time

and simplify training.

Having simplified

design, Mitsubishi is also

demonstrating simplified line

integration, particularly in a

multi-vendor environment,

by implementing the OMAC

PackML standard. The result

for end users is faster upgrades

and machine implementation in

addition to the ability to collect

OEE data in a uniform way from

multiple machines and lines,

highlighting key performance

indicators such as performance,

quality and availability data

across the whole facility.


Visitors to the stand will also

have their first opportunity

in the UK to see the latest

developments in the company’s

Smart Carriage technology,

which has been developed in

conjunction with the linear

transfer system designed by

e-F@ctory Alliance partner

APT Automation.

The Smart Carriage

addresses industry

challenges such as improved

productivity, increased OEE

and greater production line

flexibility, with features and

functions that make it the

most advanced packaging and

assembly conveyor. Features

include on-board intelligence,

real-time synchronisation

with other processes, assured

safety and the ability to switch

between vertical as well as

horizontal tracks.


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PPMA Show Preview

Realising a

virtual world

for engineers

Lenze is serving up its latest

drive and automation concepts

for a virtual world with

demonstrations showing how

virtual reality (VR) can give

engineers an insight to the

operation of complex mechanics

and software, leading to faster

machine development.

Visitors who participate in a

demonstration can take away

their personal smartphone

VR viewer. Lenze engineers will

also explain new options for

data acquisition, analysis and

storage of a machine’s operating

data in the Cloud along with

remote support communication

technologies for predictive


The company is using

VR technology more and more

as an effective engineering and

training tool. The company

believes the main potential of

VR lies in making it easier to deal

with the growing complexity

of machine automation, by

giving programmers and design

engineers live experience of their

applications through a digital

twin (a digital virtual copy of the

design that is put together in

parallel with the real machine).

Evaluating the digital twin

before the machine design is fixed

gives a sense of depth and scale

that cannot be achieved with a

2D monitor. Design projects are

speeded, safety can be enhanced

through virtual simulation, and

software such as the Lenze FAST

modules can be fine-tuned for

optimum performance.

On the stand, machine

manufacturers can also discover

what Industry 4.0 and the

Internet of Things (IoT) can do

for their business model. Lenze

has joined forces with the IoT

specialist ei3 Corporation to offer

a combination of remote analysis

of machine performance and also

remote predictive maintenance.


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Celebrating anniversary

with new sleeve sealer




(YPS), winner of

the PPMA Group

Customer Service

Award and the

PPMA Outstanding


Award, will be

celebrating its

40th birthday

at the show.

The company

will also unveil

its new, totally

re-designed high

speed SVA 60x35

fully automatic side

feed sleeve sealer

and TR65/100

shrink tunnel

designed to run

with high quality

polythene shrink

film that is also

supplied by YPS. The model

incorporates new features that

are all designed to make it

easier to operate.

For instance, a new intuitive

touch screen control system

makes it easier than ever

Efaflex is exhibiting three

of its high speed doors for

industrial and commercial

applications at co-located

plastics show Interplas

(NEC halls 4 and 3a).

Each of the three doors is

designed with a specific role in

mind but all incorporating the

product innovation and easily

identifiable build quality.

The EFA- STR high speed

turbo door offers a patented

spiral design and door opening

speeds of 4 metres per second,

while the EFA- SST is a high

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for operators while servo

controlled motors provide far

more overall control, speed

and reliability.

Also demonstrated will

be a custom designed,

manufactured, easy-to-use,

speed insulated door

that has been developed

in three variants for

maximum appeal.

Finally, the EFA-SRT

is an internal fabric

roll-up door suitable for

use in processing areas

where people form part

of the logistics operation.

This all-rounder is

available in a variety

of curtain colours and

window (vision panel)

options, all designed to keep

temperature zones constant

compact and




“Our palletising

systems are

designed to be

highly durable,

have a small

footprint and

provide a full

return on costs

usually within

12 to 24 months,”

explains YPS

managing director

Glyn Edwards.

Details of its

entire product

range will also be

available including

the range of high

speed side sealers

from Hugo Beck

and a complete

film offering

from the Bollore polyolefin

shrink film range which

includes barrier shrink films

and modified atmosphere

packaging shrink films.


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High speed industrial and commercial door

range offer speed and operational benefits

The internal fabric roll-up door will be shown

and reduce your energy bill.


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Automatic weighing solutions

meet food industry demands

Yamato Scale Dataweigh

UK will demonstrate

its leading automatic

weighing machinery.

The Yamato team will

be showing visitors to the

exhibition how its weighing

technology, combined with

sales and engineering support

and spare parts availability,

create a true one-stop-shop

for food processing and food

packaging solutions.

A full range of Yamato

weighing equipment will be

on show including Omega

multihead weighers, the Alpha

Advance multihead machine,

the table top semi-automatic

Dataweigh (TDSW) range and

also I-Series checkweighers.

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Yamato will be demonstrating

its total weighing and checking

solutions and how they can be

implemented in all parts of the

packaging process in all the

main food processing sectors –

salads and fresh produce,

IQF and frozen food, snacks,

nuts and confectionery.

The Omega multihead

weighers will be showcasing

Yamato’s capabilities in

the salad industry and the

IQF/frozen food sectors

respectively. Its Alpha Advance

machines will demonstrate

their suitability for snack, nuts

and confectionery packaging.

At the other end of the

production process Yamato

will be showing off its

checkweighing solutions

including metal detection and

combi-check weighing.

“Many customers are

interested in the processes

and machinery that keep

their lines running behind the

scenes,” says Andrea Spencer,

commercial operations

manager for Yamato Scale

Dataweigh UK.


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Advances in gluing technology

includes several new products

Robatech Gluing

Technology will be

demonstrating what it

says is the future of gluing

at the PPMA Show. It will be

introducing its new tankless

Concept Stream and, with this

new product, it is extending

the offering of the proven

Concept line.

Modern applications and

technical innovations will

be the main theme of the

stand. Visitors will have the

chance to see new machinery,

find inspiration, new ideas

and solutions as well as talk

face-to-face with the leading

technical experts from the


The new tankless melter

Concept Stream is described

as a true all-rounder for

maximum flexibility and

safety. Due to the gentle and


melting, it is suitable for

applications with high as well

as low adhesive consumption.

Thanks to the short heat-up

time of 16 minutes at 160deg C,

the Concept Stream is ready

for operation quickly and

The Concept Stream, the RobaPUR2 MOD melter and the new jetting head

promotes an efficient bonding

process. In addition, the

tried and tested CoolTouch

insulation reduces any risk

for the operator and minimises

energy consumption.

Also at the show, the new

RobaPUR 2 MOD melter is

designed for processing PUR

hot melts as well as various

other adhesives in different

block, granular or cushion

forms. Three variants, a very

high melting and delivery

rate, as well as melt-ondemand

technology makes

the unit ideal for use in simple

applications and also highly

dynamic processes such as

spinecoat and perfect binder

soft cover work.

Also, Robatech will

show the proven hot melt

application heads of the

Diamond Series. Precise,

durable and insulated with

CoolTouch, they can tackle

almost every gluing process.

Meanwhile, the new

SX LongLife jetting head is

ideal whenever durability

is demanded. SX LongLife is

the sustainable solution from

Robatech for the non-contact

application of low to medium

viscosity thermoplastic hot

melt adhesives. The longlasting

application head can

be used flexibly and offers

precise adhesive application

with perfect cut-off.


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If visitors identify this range of bespoke mixing machines

and the markets they were built for…they can win a prize

Winkworth is exhibiting its

range of mixing machines

which includes the popular

Lab Z, coating pans, multichambered

ManyMix and

UT ribbon blender.

At the show, one of the

sides of the company’s stand

will be adorned with this snap

shot taken at its factory which

will present a challenge for

visitors. The photograph shows

a range of bespoke equipment

that is ready for collection and

visitors will be asked to match

the product to the machine

Can you guess what they are yet?

to have the chance to win a

mystery prize.

The winner will be the

person with all

the correct answers

drawn from the on-stand

business card pot.

Managing director at

Winkworth Grant Jamieson

believes there is a black art

in mixing. “This is why you

need experts like those in

the Winkworth sales team

who will be on the stand

to advise, guide, discuss

and importantly reveal the

answers,” he says. “Mixing

machines and their geometry

is a science and art – the

process of mixing always

belongs to our customers, but

our experts are first class and

assisting customers gain the

process which results in the

best outcomes,” he says.


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PPMA Show Preview

Labour saving design extended

on high speed bagging machines

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Two of the first machines

in a new range of high

output baggers are

being introduced on the UK

market at this year’s PPMA

Show by Italian manufacturer

PFM. Both are based on a

special labour saving design,

pioneered by PFM to give

automatic film alignment

and tracking on its R700

intermittent motion machine.

The RC600 continuous

motion version and the

RD550 twin tube machine

are typically able to produce

stand-up bags, including the

PFM Steelo four-side-seal

design, at speeds of up to

80 a minute.

“The new R-Series machines

represent a milestone in bagger

operation,” says PFM sales

and operations director Chris

Bolton. “By automating film

reel set-up, one of the most

difficult and time-consuming

tasks for operators has been


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Stand D104


“It cuts changeover time

substantially and virtually

eliminates film often wasted

as operators get film edges

into alignment, particularly

important for stand-up

four-side-seal bags which

are becoming increasingly

popular,” he says.

In addition, PFM is showing

the latest version of its entrylevel

Pearl servo driven flow

wrapper, for smaller or start-up

operations in the food and

bakery industry, examples of

multi-head weighers and also

the Scirocco high speed MAP

flow wrapper.

This is equipped with

extended dwell time sealing

jaws for hermetic sealing

in modified atmosphere

packaging at speeds up to

250 packs a minute.


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Space-saving solution brings

benefits to smaller companies

Schubert UK will

demonstrate its compact

TLM technology with

a machine engineered for

Van Wijngaarden, the Dutch

delicacy manufacturer, which

packs mayonnaise cups into

cardboard boxes.

“Small and midsized

companies can use this spacesaving

solution to integrate all

of their final packaging tasks

for a variety of products and

formats into their processes,”

says Mark Jocelyn, sales

director at Schubert UK.

This machine consists of

three TLM sub-machines that

efficiently combine flexibility,

performance and efficiency.

The respective modules take

over the erecting, filling and

closing of the cartons and

are seamlessly linked via the

Transmodul transport robot.

Dutch delicatessen

manufacturer Van

Wijngaarden will be using

the machine presented at

the exhibition for packaging

mayonnaise in different

container formats as the

technology offers high

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On show: carton erecting, filling and closing are all combined in three modules

Changeovers are via

automatically adjustable robot

tools while format conversion

is carried out via servomotors

and is conveniently

programmed by the VMS

packaging machine control

system. The integrated,

automatic tool changing

ensures changeover times

of between 10 to 15 minutes.

Further space savings

are realised thanks to the

integration of ink jet printers

for applying barcodes, logos

and text within the TLM line.

Schubert says the concept

of a packaging machine

without an electrical cabinet

guarantees a small footprint

combined with low energy

costs, too.

In operation, flat cardboard

blanks are removed from

the magazine and erected

(the carton cover is already

integrated into the blank).

The machine also has an

additional magazine with an

F3 robot to close cartons with

a separate cover in the case

of a format change.

The machine on show

achieves a performance of up

to 150 products per minute,

and when installed at the

customer, it will pack up to

15 packaging formats and

13 different products.

These include mayonnaise in

jars, PET cups or PET ‘squeeze’

dosing bottles in packaging

sizes ranging between 250ml

and 1 litre.

Visitors to the stand

will be able to see how the

TLM machine packs 450ml

mayonnaise cups in cartons

using the counterflow system.

This system, developed

by Schubert, ensures that

sufficient empty Transmoduls

are available to deposit

products. At the same time,

there are always sufficient

products at product intake

to complete the product

groupings on the Transmodul.

This results in only fully

filled Transmoduls moving

out of the pre-grouping area

for tray loading.


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PPMA Show Preview

Bringing imagination

to reality with sensors

Sensors & Instrumentation

will take place in Hall 1 at

the NEC Birmingham on

the 26 and 27 September 2017

– the first and second days

of the PPMA Show which is

taking place in Hall 5.

Organiser of the UK’s

only national sensors event

Datateam Business Media

predicts that the larger venue

and introduction of fresh,

interactive elements to bring

technologies to life will

contribute to this year’s show

being the biggest and best

exhibition to date.

This idea is reflected by

headline sponsor Mouser

Electronics, a leading

authorised distributor of

semiconductors and electrical

components for over 600

manufacturers. “Mouser’s role

is to make new technologies

available for designers to base

their latest projects on,” says

vice president of marketing

in Europe, the Middle East

and Africa, Graham Maggs.

“That’s why we believe that a

focused event such as Sensors

& Instrumentation – with

a full seminar programme

and lively exhibition floor –

is needed by a wide variety

of industries, and we are

pleased to be involved.”

To celebrate the show’s

new location in Hall 1

– conveniently located at

the NEC’s main entrance –

doors will be opening at the

earlier time of 9am and the

first 200 visitors before 10am

on each day will be treated

to a free early bird breakfast,

sponsored by Keller.

Also, Sensors &

Instrumentation 2017 marks

the debut of two brand new

feature areas; Connecting

Industry LIVE and also the

Drone Zone.

Connecting Industry LIVE

will forge a

link between

visitors and





on how to







At the heart of the event will

be the Live Demo Stage,

where exhibitors will carry

out technical demonstrations

to help with end users’

The theme for this year’s event is ‘connectivity’, says organiser Datateam

The Drone Zone is new to the show

understanding of the products

and their applications.

Sensors & Instrumentation

will take visitors to new

heights in the Drone Zone

feature area. Presentations

from key individuals and

organisations, selected for

their expertise in drone

technology and industrial

applications, will explore the

benefits of unmanned aerial

vehicles within industry and

the obstacles that may be

faced during implementation.

Visitors will

also be able

to watch

technical flight


and have the

chance to put


in the pilot’s

seat through a

virtual reality



for this year’s

exhibition is the Innovation

Showcase sponsored by

Bronkhorst, providing a

snapshot of the range of

developments on show at the

exhibition, the PR Electronics

Formula 1 car simulator

and Micro Nano Mems, a

specialised pavilion covering

the full spectrum of small

and ultra-precision process


With over 80 exhibitors

already confirmed, visitors

will be able to see the latest

products, technology and

solutions in test, measurement

and control all under one roof.

Visitors are invited to

register online at:

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Be inspired

to learn with

new seminars

The ever-popular CPD accredited

seminar programme returns

for this year’s show and is

shaping up to be one of the most

successful to date, with a range of

contemporary topics and issues

being discussed by prominent

industry experts including:


National Instruments,

National Physical Laboratory,

Sensor City, TechniMeasure and


Sebastian Amos, head of

process, instrumentation &

control at GAMBICA, will follow

the impact of instrumentation

in the first three industrial

revolutions and examine how

the instrumentation industry

is engaging in a world of digital

data and forensic analytics to

meet the challenges presented

as we enter the ‘fourth industrial



Neil Hamilton, vice president

of business development at

Thingstream, will delve into the

hot topic of the moment; the

Internet of Things (IoT).

With the increasing prominence

of IoT solutions in business,

Hamilton will explore the

importance of sensors to this

$25bn industry with a view to

give kudos and margin to sensor

manufacturers who often place

themselves on the edge of the

ecosystem when they should,

he will argue, be the driving force.

Event director Kathryn

Ambrose believes that the

exemplary line-up of exhibitors

along with the vibrant feature

areas and seminar programme

at this year’s show offers even

more value to visitors’ experience.

“The theme of Sensors

& Instrumentation 2017 is

‘connectivity’ and for anyone

seriously interested in sensor

technology and instrumentation,

this year’s exhibition is

unmissable,” she says.

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PPMA Show Preview

Latest drive solutions and also

components are demonstrated

Rulmeca UK will present

drive solutions from its

comprehensive product

range including hygienic

drum motors, energy efficient

24VDC roller drives, conveyor

rollers and conveying elements.

The company has many

years’ experience in the

development of unit handling

drum motors and offers

a generation of versatile,

powerful and highly efficient

drives for belt conveyors

– with diameters ranging

from 81.5mm to 1000mm

and power from 0.02kW to

250kW. As a totally enclosed

sealed unit, free of external

parts and with fixed external

shafts, the Rulmeca drum

motor is very compact and

requires less space when

compared to traditional

multiple component motor

transmission systems.

It is ideal for general

conveying applications and

environments involving

frequent wash downs (with

IP66/69 rating).

Rulmeca’s drum motors

are suitable for numerous

industrial applications in

Rulmeca’s stand will feature the RDR BL-2 drive roller (left) as well as other drum motors and related components

food processing, packaging,

dynamic weighing and in



Also featured is an RDR

24VDC drive roller, which

the company thinks will

play a key role in progressive

manufacturing and

distribution environments.

The drive roller consists of

a brushless motor cartridge,

which includes the electric

motor (24VDC low voltage)

and the relative reduction gear

housed in a 50 mm diameter

tube, configured to suit each


The variable speed motor

with integral drive control is

coupled to a planetary gear

box with steel gears, available

in five different ratios.

The cable facility together

with the possibility of simple

command or of direct interface

with electronic systems make

the RDR BL-2 drive roller the

ideal solution to build compact

systems and conveyors with

a leading design.

Further components to be

exhibited by Rulmeca

include a series of conveyor

rollers and driven rollers fitted

with sprockets or Poly-V/round

belt heads. These rollers are

ideally applied for the unit

handling of light, medium

and heavy loads in the fields

of packaging, food and also

automation in general.


W www.rulmeca.com


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It’s extremely compact footprint (typically under 1.2m 2 ), easy size changes,

high performance and efficiency ensure that payback is fast too.

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grinding, cutting, emulsifying, defrosting, marinating,

massaging, injecting and tenderising to boost quality,

improve yield and add value down the processing line

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Our equipment forms, coats, fries, cooks to perfection,

and preserves quality, freshness, structure and weight,

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PPMA Show Preview

Automated options demonstrate

robot affordability across sectors

FANUC UK will be

demonstrating the ease

and affordability of

automated picking, packing

and palletising at this year’s

PPMA Show.

The provider of factory

automation solutions has

collaborated with Pacepacker

Services on a fully functional

display, which will give

visitors a live demonstration

of an automated case loading,

palletising and end of line

system. The display will

also include products and

solutions from Pacepacker’s

own product portfolio

(see this preview – page 51).

The stand aims to show

how automation can be

applied to any stage of a

packing line, and will include

solutions covering a wide

variety of functions, such as

case erecting, case loading,

sealing, packing, conveying

and transferring.


Two Fanuc robots will be

demonstrated: the M70iC 45M

and the LR Mate.

The 6-axis M70iC 45M is

capable of handling payloads

of up to 45kg and will be

equipped with a dual

function gripper for picking

both bags and cases.

The smaller LR Mate cell will

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Fanuc says a myth still persists that automation is only for larger players

be demonstrating Fanuc’s dual

check safety technology, which

allows operators to visualise

defined safety zones in 3D

to avoid damage to personnel

or equipment.

“A myth still persists in

the logistics and packaging

industry that automation

is only for the big players,”

says Andrew Armstrong,

sales and marketing manager

at Fanuc UK. “We aim to

dispel that myth by partnering

with Pacepacker Services to

demonstrate that automated

solutions are not only easier

to install but cheaper than

you might think.”


“One benefit of demonstrating

an entire packaging and

palletising line at a show like

PPMA is that visitors can see

the range of products out

there, from small, humansized

pickers to larger

industrial robots capable of

lifting payloads that would

be hazardous for humans,”

he continues. “What is

more, visitors will gain

an understanding of how

different automated solutions

can work together to provide

a full service, with minimal

programming required.”


W www.fanuc.eu

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Latest ranges at the exhibition

offer a total hygiene solution

IWM is focusing not only

on the efficiency and low

lifetime cost of its industrial

washing and sanitisation

systems, but also its new range

of footwear washing systems

and hygiene products.

The stand features a tray

washer, cabinet washer and

fully automated boot washers

from the company’s extensive

range of standard and custom

products. The boot washers

on display are suitable for

low and high sided footwear;

the passage model features

an integrated hand sanitising

system with turnstile ensuring

high levels of hygiene are

maintained through a forced



Of special interest is the latest

T800 high care tray washer,

which features live monitoring

of services, temperature and

chemical concentration.

This live data can be viewed

remotely or downloaded and

recorded. The washer also

includes features that help to

reduce its carbon footprint,

such as idle mode where it will

shut down wash pumps and

conveyors automatically when

no wash items are detected.

The CW13 Cabinet/Utensil

washer is the largest of the

range but is still economical

in use as only 8 litres of water

is consumed per cycle.

This unit can also be optimised

for the process of weigh pan


“IWM is now a ‘one stop

shop’ and is able to supply

many of the essential pieces

of equipment required by

a food production facility,”

says Carl Hollier, managing

director at IWM. “Our expert

engineers will be on hand to

provide advice and guidance

for specific requirements.”


W www.indwash.co.uk


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PPMA Show Preview

Single-head tray erector billed

as probably the fastest around

Linkx Packaging Systems

says its new single-head

tray erector is possibly

the fastest available in the

world. To be launched at the

show, the TFS500 singlehead

tray erector provides

operational consistency and

efficiency at speeds of up to

60 trays per minute.

The Linkx TFS500 also

boasts the latest high

performance servo and

control technologies,

a compact vertical tray

magazine, versatile tray

style handling for fast, easy

size changes and a compact

footprint (typically under

1.2sq m).

This high specification

and modular construction

is designed to be future

proof for maximum return

on investment, says the

company. Its tooling can be

adapted to handle a wide

range of tray sizes and styles

from high and low walled,

shelf-ready (high back and

low fronted) to pizza style

cartons, so any future product

specification changes can be

handled easily.

Infeed and outfeed

can be tailored to exact

requirements for seamless

integration into existing or

new production lines.

For bigger board capacities,

a horizontal magazine is

also available which makes

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The single-head tray

erector provides many

operational benefits to

end users at speed

it capable of handling a range

of volumes, large or small.

“At Linkx Packaging

Systems we design and

manufacture a wide range of

secondary transit and shelf

ready packaging equipment,”

says managing director

David Hayward. “We have

a full range of standard

standalone packaging

machines, which can be

customised and integrated

to suit your specific product

and packaging needs.

“Our customer base is wide

ranging, with machinery

designed around the core

principals of reliability,

flexibility and performance”

he continues.

“Our typical industry

base ranges

from food to

homecare and


in manufacturing,

B2B to B2C dispatch

in ecommerce and


At its UK base,

the company designs

and manufactures


machinery to suit specific

secondary packaging



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PPMA Show Preview

Slimline case erector is nearly

half the width of other models

Endoline Machinery will

launch a new slimline

case erector which is

almost half the width of

current case erecting systems

and, the company believes,

is the narrowest available

on the market.

Although initially designed

to work with grading, packing

and processing machines

within the egg industry,

where Endoline has seen

sales boom for their kit, this

compact 251 case erector

is suitable for any food

manufacturer where space is

at a premium.

The 251 case erector is

designed to be integrated

into the egg grading, packing

and processing equipment

Endoline has had success with eggs

of machinery



“For many years

our case erectors

have worked

well alongside

egg packing


explains Andrew

Yates, sales

director for

Endoline Machinery.

“However, with

34 million eggs

consumed in the

UK each day, the

egg industry is

booming and, to

fully capitalise on

this, we recognised

the need to create

a universally

recognised system

which would meet

egg packing machinery

specifications exactly.”

Integral to the design

are technical components

engineered to connect directly

with Moba equipment and

Endoline has synchronised

several key features, including

The new 251 case erector offers benefits across industries

the control and alarm panels.

The case erector can be

seamlessly integrated to work

with all egg packing systems,

for an inline, fully automated

turnkey operation, enhancing

the customer experience

while enabling them to

become more efficient.

With an approximate

40% width reduction

on Endoline’s standard

case erectors, the

251 machine measures

just 1 metre wide by

2 metres long. With the

ability to handle any of

the required case size

ranges, at a speed of up

to 10 cases per minute,

the machine has been

fitted with Endoline’s

dual opposing vacuum

system to ensure heavy

cases are opened

positively from both

sides. This feature

eliminates tearing or

issues associated

with glue migration on

new cases.

The 251 case erector is

also ideal for customers

with space constraints in

their factories. It will help

companies that don’t think

they have the space to

automate, says Endoline.


W www.endoline-automation.


Automated inventory replenishment is just

one of the smart dispensing solutions shown

A range of technologies for

consumable dispensing,

mobile device management

and inventory replenishment

will be showcased by Apex

Supply Chain Technologies.

The Edge 5000 singleitem

dispensing system, the

MegaStore 9500 high-density

dispensing system, and the

Axcess 6518 self-service

automated locker system will

all be on display. These Apex

devices can manage virtually

all consumable items used in

a manufacturing or processing

facility, such as personal

protective equipment (PPE),

tools and maintenance products.

“A bespoke solution from

Apex ensures stock levels

are maintained and that

production-critical equipment

is always available when

needed, reducing supply costs

by up to 30%,” says Julian

Adams, md at Apex.

Visitors can also find out

more about the Actylus smart

bin system for the automated

replenishment of components

and other direct materials

that are used in production

assembly. Integrated sensors

automatically track the weight

of remaining stock and notify

in real time of the need for

replenishment, ensuring

stock levels are maintained

and production downtime

is averted.

For facilities using highvalue,

mission-critical items

such as handheld scanners,

calibrated tools and reusable

PPE, the Axcess range of selfservice

automated locker

systems is ideal.

Supply chain costs can be reduced

The Apex Trajectory Cloud

software platform allows

complete visibility of who has

taken and returned items.


W www.apexsupplychain.com

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Latest range of load cells

and weighing electronics

HBM will be exhibiting its

range of load cells and

weighing electronics

for checkweighers, packaging

and filling and also sorting


With speed, precision,

hygiene and price being some

of the key considerations

for manufacturers of

packaging machines, HBM

will be showcasing a range

of equipment to help deliver

these demands. Its latest range

of load cells and modules,

which include the award

winning WTX120 weighing

terminal, has been designed

for simple integration into

industrial and rail mounted

weighing applications.

Suitable for use in filling,

dosing and sorting machines,

the new high performance

terminal is based on the latest

strain gauge technology and

is approved for legal-for-trade

applications; it offers real time

communication via industrial

Ethernet and Fieldbus

interfaces. Easily integrated

into standard industrial

control systems, the WTX120

The special PW25 and PW27 range of load cells can be discussed at show

is compatible with the

PanelX software.

HBM’s range of load cells,

has been developed to

meet the stringent hygiene

regulations required in food

production. The PW25 and

PW27 range of load cells,

designed for use in filling

systems and packaging plants,

multi-head combination

weighers and static scales, are

hermetically encapsulated

and housed in stainless steel.

This makes them compatible

with all cleaning and

disinfectant ranges commonly

used in the food production


Also on display at the show

is the FIT7A intelligent digital

load cell for dynamic weighing

applications that addresses

the problems associated with

bottlenecks slowing down

production rates.

This load cell performs

180 weighings per minute.


W www.hbm.co.uk

Various food options on show

Bespoke solutions

designed for food

plants demonstrated

Priden has been manufacturing

bespoke solutions for the food

industry for nearly 30 years and will

be showcasing the Labelle range

of form, fill and seal baggers and

multihead weighers at the show.

Customer problems with

low ceilings when considering

multihead weighers have

been overcome with the joint

development of a servo driven

system. The new system will

fit under a ceiling height of just

three metres.

The Labelle equipment

complements Priden’s reputation

for reliability and is fully

supported in the UK. Priden

also manufactures a full range

of food associated equipment

such as conveyors, all shapes and

sizes, elevators, rotary valves,

platforms, mixers and also metal

detector inline testers.


W www.priden.co.uk

Volumetric depositors along

with filling machines shown

Riggs Autopack will show

a selection of its volumetric

depositors and filling

machines, transfer pumps and

conveyor filling lines.

Visitors to the Lancashirebased

company’s stand can see

a twin head automatic filling

machine with conveyor, and

a selection of semi-automatic

filling machines with foot

pedal control. These are

designed for small to medium

scale production requirements.

Riggs’ depositors and filling

machines are available as a

semi-automatic stand-alone

unit for small scale producers,

or as an automatic conveyor

filling system for medium to

large scale manufacturers.

They provide damage free

depositing of hot or cold

liquid, semi-liquid and

suspended solid products, and

accurately fill most containers.

Jars, bottles, pots, tubs,

ready meal trays, cartons,

buckets, jerry cans, pouches

or bags can be filled.


W www.riggsautopack.co.uk

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PPMA Show Preview

Stand will


new business

“To celebrate another fantastic

year of business for Springvale

Equipment we will return again to

this year’s PPMA Show with our

partners Mespack & Langen to

promote the very latest technology

these two companies can offer,”

says Karen Cobbett of Springvale.

Mespack offers form, fill and

seal equipment for sachets, stick

packs and pouches together with

pre-made pouch solutions.

The company is currently building

four lines for the UK market.

Cartons handled by Langen units

These UK orders in the last

12 months are for a diverse range

of products from whey proteins,

pet food, coffee, ketchup and soft

drinks through to dishwasher pods.

Mespack will be presenting

developments including in-line

laser cutting of shaped pouches.

The Dutch manufacturer

Langen has been providing

cartoning solutions for more

than 60 years, including its latest

benchmark in hygienic cartoning,

known as the Maestro.

This new continuous motion

system is designed to handle a

large range of product/carton

combinations with speed

capabilities of up to 500 cartons

per minute including larger

cartons up to 320mm x 370mm.

It can easily handle a wide

variety of applications – stick

packs, flow wraps, pouches – and

tailored solutions to suit products

and cartons that require careful

handling, collation and also

organising incoming product

from up-stream equipment.


W www.springvaleltd.co.uk

Latest units for weighing

and detecting on display

Wipotec-OCS will

present new and

established systems

at the show: food inspection

machines (individual

products/bulk goods),

combined weighing/metal

detection units and systems

for serialisation tasks in the

pharmaceutical sector.

The first machine to be

demonstrated is the SC-E

x-ray scanner. This entry-level

system for professional foreign

object detection in foods of all

kinds, will be joined by the

SC-B system which provides

for fast and reliable bulk

material inspection.

Designed for protection

class IP65 with full stainless

steel construction, the system

features a balcony design and

also includes sloped surfaces

that enable thorough cleaning

that is quick and easy.

A second machine to be

exhibited is the HC-M-WD-MDi:

a combined checkweigher

and metal detection unit.

The company says this

machine sets new standards

in product inspection. It is

Hi-Tech Machinery says

performance and reliability

meets with pharmaceutical,

cosmetics and food production


to protection

class IP69 and

it meets all

food industry



A practical


of inspection


provides scales

and metal

detecting in one,

space-saving unit.

Completing the

Wipotec-OCS exhibit is the

TQS-HC-A-TE, which is for

folding box serialisation.

It has an integrated

checkweigher and provides

tamper evidence functionality

on both sides. Countryspecific

labels or vignettes

requirements with its new

2BFC pump range that will

be launched at the show.

With extensive use of 316L

stainless steel and

a minimum number

of internal product

contact parts and

seals, the 2BFC

range with 1in,

1.5in or 2in drive

will dispense from

zero to either 20ml,

30ml or 40ml, with

accuracy normally

better than +/- half

are applied by means of

compact labelling units.

This machine allows

products to be discharged

according to diverse sorting

rules, and to determine the

weight – all during throughput



W www.wipotec-ocs.com

New pump range offers benefits to foods,

pharma, cosmetics and E-liquid solutions

The 2BFC pump from Hi-Tech Machinery shown

The combined checkweigher and metal detection unit

from Wipotec-OCS will be among equipment on show

a percent and repeatable over

millions of cycles.

Cycling speeds of up to

150 per minute can be achieved,

depending on the application,

making the range perfect for

smaller volume dispensing

of either simple liquids or

solutions up to 20,000 cycles

per second via check valves.

With a ceramic rotary valve

to suit thicker products, with

or without particulates, it is

100,000 cycles per second.


W www.fillers.co.uk


High speed version available

producing 400 hermetically

sealed packs per minute!

With innovation, quality and reliability

at the heart of the Alpha 8, the machine has evolved

to improve productivity and reduce running costs.

• Simpler and more accessible end seal system

• Easy set up and product change

• Detection of correct print for product

• A 500mm shorter film path reducing film usage

• 20% energy saving compared to previous models




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PPMA Show Preview

Detection offer makes UK debut

Heuft will be exhibiting

a completely new

device category at the

NEC-based exhibition.

Heuft One is the name of the

compact, easy to integrate and

reliable to operate standalone

range of devices. In operation,

they combine special

detection technologies with

customised hardware and

software and proven company

procedures for exact product

tracking, inspection and

fault rejection. “They set new

standards in a confined space

in terms of detection accuracy,

operational reliability and

price/performance ratio,” says

Phil Cooper, sales & marketing

manager for Heuft UK.

The range was first seen

at interpack in May and

the Heuft One devices to be

demonstrated at PPMA are

a metal detector using new

Latest detection technologies are compact, reliable and also easy to integrate

technology and a vision

inspection system for code

and logo checking. Maximum

detection accuracy combined

with special evaluation

procedures allows minute

pieces of metal to be found

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in food packs.

“Even special ambient

conditions such as a ‘metal

free zone’ are not necessary

for the reliable operation of

the compact standalone

device,” says Cooper.

The slim, entry-level

machine is ideal for all those

who only wish to find objects

made of iron, steel, aluminium

or stainless steel. Meanwhile,

the new Heuft One for coder

verification, text and logo

inspection works with

in-house developed colour

sensor camera technology and

real-time image evaluation.

Equipment exhibited for

those who wish to find more

than just metal during a

foreign object inspection is

the latest generation Heuft

eXaminer II XB top-down

inspector with its pulsed x-ray

and flat panel full field image

capture technology which,

says the company, offers

the highest performance for

foreign body detection in food



W www.heuft.com

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Sealers and wrappers on display

Aregular exhibitor at

the PPMA Show, Ulma

Packaging will again

display its latest high-speed


The company’s technical

team will be on hand to

provide details of the huge

variety of packaging solutions

it has available to cater for

almost any sector, including

the latest developments in

vertical form, fill and seal

technology, which combines

the new, patented air

extraction system.

Among the equipment being

showcased by Ulma will be

the TSA 680, an automatic

tray sealer ideal for all kinds

of preformed trays. This robust

technology can be integrated

into process automation and

combines high production

speeds with complete accuracy.

Continuous motion control

The Florida flow wrapper

will be demonstrated

software on the machine

optimises production by

ensuring that trays are always

accurately positioned in the

sealing area. This helps the unit

to deliver throughputs of up

to six trays per cycle, at speeds

up to 25 cycles per minute.

Fully automated lines

that will be demonstrated

include horizontal flow

wrappers, vertical baggers,

thermoforming and also

skin packaging.

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“PPMA is always a big

deal for us and has been

very successful in the past in

terms of business generated

from the show,” says Ulma’s

UK managing director Chris

Pickles. “Each year more

companies are seeking

out Ulma for the latest

developments in cutting-edge

packaging technology and

this year will be no different.”

The flow wrappers to

be demonstrated are the

horizontal FV 35 and Florida

machines. The versatile

FV 35 creates a vacuum

pouch from a single

shrink barrier film,

suitable for processed

meat and cheese, as well

as pork and lamb.

The Florida offers a

three-sealing pillow pack

with high performance levels.

Also on show will be the

VTI 640 vertical bagger, one of

the company’s ranges of high

speed bagging equipment

designed for packing a wide

variety of food products, while

the TFS thermoformers use

specially designed top films

for enhancing the product’s

appearance and extending

shelf life.


W www.ulmapackaging.co.uk

Leader in loose loading

and unloading solutions

Stand A80

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PPMA Show Preview

New collaborative robots have

vision recognition as standard

Aat this year’s PPMA Show,

HMK will demonstrate

the first collaborative

robot with built-in vision

recognition from Techman

Robot on its stand.

The new TM5 cobot to be

launched by HMK merges

systems that usually function

separately in conventional

robots. The cobot is the

only collaborative robot

to incorporate simple

programming, a fully

integrated vision system and

The TM5 cobot is available with

two payload options; 4kg and 6kg

the latest safety standards

in a single unit, says HMK.

With capabilities including

direction identification, selfcalibration

of coordinates and

visual task operation enabled

by built-in vision, the TM5 can

fine-tune in accordance with

actual conditions at any time.

This allows complex

processes to be accomplished

that used to demand the

integration of various different

types of equipment.

In operation, it requires

less manpower and time

to recalibrate when objects

or coordinates move and

thus significantly improves

flexibility as well as reducing

maintenance costs.

Programming could not be

easier, says HMK.

Using an easy to use flow

HMK says programming of

the cobot could not be easier

chart program, TM-Flow will

run on any tablet, PC or laptop

over a wireless link to the

TM control box which allows

complex automation tasks

to be realised in minutes.

Clever teach functions and

wizards also allow hand

guided programming

and easy incorporation of

operations such as palletising,

de-palletising and conveyor


The TM5 is the only cobot

to feature a full colour vision

package as standard. It is

mounted on the wrist of the

robot, which in turn, is fully

supported within TM-Flow.

The result allows users to

easily integrate the robot

to the application, without

complex tooling and the need

for expensive add-on vision

hardware and programming.

The recently CE marked

TM5 now incorporates the

new ISO/TS 15066 guidelines

on safety for collaborative

robots systems, which covers

four types of collaborative


• safety-rated monitored stop

• hand guiding

• speed and separation

monitoring, and

• power and force limiting

Safety hardware inputs

also allow the cobot to be

integrated to wider safety


The TM5 is available with

two payload options; 4kg and

6kg with a reach of 900mm

and 700mm respectively, both

with positioning capabilities

to a repeatability of 0.05mm.


W www.hmkdirect.com

Vertical form, fill and seal machine handles various

bag styles while the picker cell handles cases easily

On show from Rovema will

be the Flexpicker picker

cell (pictured) and the

BVC 260 Flexible, a vertical,

continuous form, fill and seal

machine that will be handling

doypack-style RoPack bags

with zip lock.

The BVC Flexible offers an

output of 200 pillow bags per

minute, 100 Stabilo bags per

minute or 90 RoPack bags per

minute with zip reclosures.

“Our industry-leading fill ratio

by our electronic stripping

function is one of the many

features of this machine that

will benefit our customers,”

says Alistair Bown, Rovema’s

sales manager.

The Flexpicker picker cell

can handle weights of up

to 6kg and multiple cells can

be joined together if required.

The Flexpicker can be used

in conjunction with any of

the Rovema VFFS machines

or as a standalone machine

and can handle many different

pack styles.

All these machines are

equipped with the new

Rovema HMI featuring

a dashboard that

graphically supports

operators throughout



W www.rovema.co.uk

The Rovema Flexpicker will

be demonstrated at the show


End-to-End Pharma Packaging Solutions

Serialization | Track & Trace | Late Stage Customization

Atlantic Zeiser offer a full range of modular and

scalable hardware and software, for pharmaceutical

and general coding projects.

Visit Stand A46 at the PPMA Show 2017 to see

how serialization and track & trace processes can

easily be implemented. We will be demonstrating

both hardware and software, which enable on time

completion of production schedules and guarantee

the highest levels of security, while meeting all

FMD and audit trail requirements.


MEDILINE T&T – track & trace system

for workflow-optimized serialization and

tamper evident labelling

Atlantic Zeiser Ltd.

Central Way, Andover, Hants. SP10 5AN · UK

Phone: +44 (0) 1264 324222



Stand A46

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PPMA Show Preview

Find out if you are

better than England

at taking penalties

As well as over 1,500 companies

represented, a full seminar

programme and an awards

ceremony, the PPMA Show

2017 will also feature

all-new entertainment and

interactive features, including a

computer-controller goalkeeper,

known as RoboKeeper.

Described as the World’s Best

Goalie, the RoboKeeper has already

taken on the likes of footballers

Lionel Messi and Neymar and will

challenge visitors to try and score

a goal live at the show.

In keeping with the sector, the

RoboKeeper uses cutting-edge

robotics and vision technology to

react within fractions of a second.

Give it a try during your visit…you

know you want to!

Register free for the exhibition at:

W www.ppmashow.co.uk

Can you beat the RoboKeeper?

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Visitors can bring along

products to test at show

MDS is once

again attending

the PPMA

Show and is inviting

manufacturers from

the food, textiles and

pharmaceutical sectors

to bring product

samples to test its


“The show allows

visitors to bring

samples with them to

test the equipment and

see for themselves how

effective our systems

will be within their

factories,” explains

MDS sales director

David Hale.

This year, MDS

will demonstrate

the PN21N machine

which is designed for the

pharmaceutical industry to

inspect tablets and capsules.

Also on display will be

the Multi Spectrum MS21

technology. This system

can deliver vastly improved

sensitivity using multiple

frequencies simultaneously,

giving an advantage over

conventional multi frequency

MDS will be demonstrating many

systems that deliver effective

detection across several sectors

detectors, says the company.

This metal detection

system will also incorporate a

conveyor/reject and will also

be built to adhere to the lastest

BRC as well as retailer codes

of practice.

Also on the

stand will

be the TE

SLD textile

system, which

is designed

for woven,

food and




centre stage is

a twin-headed

unit which


MS21 Multispectrum

technology along

with the CEIA MN ferrous

in-foil head. This particular

unit is designed for both

normal and metal film

packaged products,

and products packed in

foil trays or sachets.

Again the system will

incorporate all the required

failsafe’s as standard.

MDS will also be running

its annual competition and

this time, the prize to the

winner is an Amazon Echo.


W www.ceia.it

PPMA Stand A40

Contact us for further information: Winkworth T: +44 (0)1256 305600 E: info@mixer.co.uk www.mixer.co.uk

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Greater efficiency, power and

new platform in drive solution

Interroll will exhibit key

products for material

handling including its

energy-efficient 24V drive

technology, its powerful drum

motors and modular conveyor

platform concept.

The company will display its

most powerful, stainless steel

synchronous drum motor for

belt conveyor systems, with

a proven output of up to 1.1

kilowatts, a high torque up

to 100 Nm and also high belt


With this drive solution,

the food and pharmaceutical

industries have an ultrahygienic

and energy-saving

option to specify.

Its particularly compact

design supports smaller

turning diameters and thus

also makes it possible to

convey smaller items and

handle a wide range of

products on one single system.

Faster and more accurate

than ever before

Omron Adept Quattro robot

The new drum motor platform

By contrast with conventional

conveyor systems that are

equipped with a drive in

continuous operation, the

Interroll RollerDrive makes

it possible to build up an

intelligently controlled

conveyor system divided into

zones. Therefore, the drives

of each individual conveyor

section are only powered when

material is actually conveyed.

At the same time, the new

drum motor platform cuts

costs and lead times. Available

first in 80mm diameter drums,

plans are underway to expand

the range.


W www.interroll.co.uk

With a pick rate of 300 per minute,

Omron will debut the world’s

fastest and first 4 arm Delta pick

and place robot at PPMA 2017

Would you like to know more?

+44 (0)1908 258258



• Four-axis arm evenly distributes the load on the robot

• Fast and high-precision conveyance and assembly

• Designed with a high payload to support multi-hand


• Up to 15 kg max. payload

• IP65 protection class (IP66 for HS model)

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PPMA Show Preview

Robotic wrapping system can

meet current market demand

Bradman Lake will

demonstrate the

VBR2000 vision guided

robotic system connected to

the FT120 flow wrapper at

the show. The system offers

increased flexibility, efficiency

and profitability as well as

reduced labour costs.

The system is built with an

open architecture using

‘off the shelf’ components and

is billed as simple to operate

and easy to set up new product

formats via the intuitive HMI

screens. Using Delta robots

with Rockwell Automation

servo motion control, products

will be placed into the infeed

of the FT120 flow wrapper, but

the products can also be placed

into either a top or end load

carton management system.

A smart camera that

integrates into the Rockwell

Automation ContolLogix

‘PAC’ via add on instructions

is included in the robotic

system. This allows for fast

and simple teaching of the

machine for new products,

giving greater flexibility to the

user. The same smart camera

can also be used to recognise

out of spec product that can be

rejected. The single ‘PAC’ unit

controls robot movement and

pick strategy, product tracking

and placement.

The FT120 flow wrapper

is well established and a fully

automatic machine, equipped

with servo driven paper feed,

automatic reel to reel splicing,

pack tucking and end crimp

The VBR2000 vision

guided robotic system

integrated with wrapper

carry over. It also includes

the following features;

no product/no bag, no gap/

no crimp and softjaws.

Bradman Lake says the

non-sprung end crimp ensures

high integrity repeatable

sealing even on difficult


In operation, the system

can be set-up with a single

point of access with remote

connectivity for online fault

diagnostics and Rockwell

Automation’s ‘FactoryTalk

Analytics’ for system data



ViewPoint is

utilised for the local

connectivity to

link each machine,

providing system

control and performance

data locally at each of the

machines HMIs. Meanwhile,

FactoryTalk Analytics is

utilised for the remote

connectivity to transmit real

time data remotely to a secure

machine cloud.

This provides real time

machine and system data that

can be viewed remotely from

anywhere around the globe.

“This flexible, intelligent

system allows for an

exhaustive range of possible

system configurations to meet

every conceivable packaging

need,” says John Marlee,

managing director at

Bradman Lake.


W www.bradmanlake.com

Pouch filling and sealing is an

affordable and flexible option

Intamac Packaging Systems

will be demonstrating the

latest in affordable, efficient

pre-made pouch fill-seal

technology which has just

been installed in the UK.

This IPS-8BT machine

can fill and seal premade

pouches using a variety of

options at speeds of up to 25

packs a minute. It is the newest

machine in the range which

also includes the IPS-1BT for

low volumes through to the

‘duplex’ machine for high

speed applications. Vertical

baggers are also available.

The IPS-8BT is suitable for

powders, granules, liquids

and pastes and has been

designed as an affordable

option for food businesses as

well as contract packers.

“This machine will enable

start-ups and expanding

businesses to grow without the

need for substantial financial

outlay,” explains Tom Poston,

sales executive for Intamac.


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Show deal on new coder

for purchases from stand

Sleeving suits many end-users

Sleevers are

shown on

larger stand

Among the equipment exclusively

available in the UK from

Advanced Dynamics will be the

SL 301 sleever, the ideal partner

for fillers and cappers. Accurate

and robust, the SL 301 offers

a product finish with on-shelf

pizazz for complex container

shapes as well as providing vital

messages for consumers.

Sleeve labelling has been

used predominantly for food

and beverages, however, there is

increasing demand from

non-food sectors, including

cosmetics, toiletries,

pharmaceuticals, and household

care products, says the company.

Other equipment on show

includes the PRO-625, for

accurately labelling bottles at

high speed regardless of shape

or size, the popular entry level

ELF-20 for top product labelling

of boxes, jars, pouches and cards

as well as other related items, and

the compact ELF-50 wraparound

labeller for bottles, jars and tins.

Advanced Dynamics will also

be promoting Pack Leader’s

flexible PL-221 top and base label

application system, complete

with thermal transfer printer,

the PL-501 wrap around labeller

and PL-211 top labeller.

“We have quite a line-up

at this year’s PPMA and I’m

confident that our grander stage

and impressive selection of kit will

pull in the crowds and orders,”

says Advanced Dynamics’

md Malcolm Little.


W www.advanceddynamics.co.uk

Engelmann & Buckham

(E&B) is inviting visitors

to the show to bring

sample items to its stand to

test out the capabilities of a

new coder it is launching.

The new .Unoplus by inc.

jet system will take centre

stage on the stand along with

equipment from a focused

selection of E&B’s principals

across a range of packaging

areas, including: Apsol,

Volpak, Betti, INVPACK and


The latest thermal ink jet

technology on show can print

on any substrate. The .Uno

coding system that will be

demonstrated on the stand

allows the user to run up to

four individual heads.

This is proving to be a

very popular option in the

packaging market, owing to

its ease of set up, low running

costs and the fact it is virtually

maintenance free.

On the stand will also be

the .Core case coding printer

which eliminates the need

to label boxes. E&B will also

be running a show deal for

anyone who purchases an

Manufacturer of industrial

cleaning machines Nilfisk will

demonstrate a new range of

pneumatic conveyor models;

compressed air and electrical

powered. Already established

in the field of industrial

vacuum cleaners, Nilfisk is

now placed among the first

manufacturers of pneumatic

conveyors for powders and

granules with special focus

on food and pharmaceutical

production companies.

The new pneumatic

Engelmann & Buckham will launch this thermal ink jet printer at the event

inc.jet printer at the event.

“As founder members of

the PPMA we have been

regular participants at the

show for the past 30 years

and are looking forward

to another successful year

representing our excellent

principals,” says Michael

Lindsay, managing director

at E&B. “This inc.jet system

is a simple, but exciting

piece of kit and we will be

actively demonstrating its

ability to print onto any



W www.buckham.co.uk

Pneumatic conveyors can handle powders

or granules while eliminating dust issues

conveyors, produced and

designed in Italy, are available

in 70 countries worldwide.

The introduction of the new

compressed air technology for

creating a vacuum provides

clear benefits to businesses

that want to automate their

production and have the need

to transfer powders and/or

granules, says the company.

The conveyor models are

designed to eliminate dust.


W www.nilfisk.co.uk

Nilfisk will demonstrate the new range

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PPMA Show Preview

Modified sack tipping station

gives future proof processing

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See a full range of Yamato weighing solutions

in one place at PPMA 2017 including:

Stand B14

n OMEGA and ALPHA Advance series multihead weighers for cost-effective,

rapid and flexible weighing solutions for:

n Fresh produce n Frozen products n Nuts n Snacks n Rice

n Spices n Pet food n Confectionery and much more.

At this year’s event,

Farleygreene will

showcase the latest

design updates to its

Sievmaster Easilift 550 sack

tipping station.

The Easilift sieving station

is designed to be used as a

simple means of check sieving

into containers, and even

directly into convey systems

and mixers, making it an

ideal arrangement to sieve

dry powders in small or large

volumes to ensure product


n I-series checkweighers to meet IP67 and IP69 protection standards.

n J-series checkweighers with a flexible design

offering great value for the money.

n The TSDW 205 and new TSDW 206

semi-automatic combination

weighers, perfect for the fast

and precise weighing of

"difficult" products that

need to be packaged

in fixed weights

for FMCG retail.

Introducing the NEW Epsilon combination weigher

n This combination weigher will revolutionise the weighing and packaging of

loose products.

n The EPSILON combines the best features

of the incomparable SIGMA and our

intelligent OMEGA series.

n Register for PPMA 2017 and

come see for yourself.


Unit 6B, Millennium Way, Leeds, LS11 5AL

Phone +44 (0)113 322 1546


Farleygreene will show model updates

The recently modified model

covers all aspects of customers’

specifications, using a

self-docking seal to couple

the hood to the vibratory sieve

below, removing the need for

awkward sleeve connections,

minimising downtime and

also operator interaction.

The bag rest table has also been

updated and now features

a sloped section rather than a

flat table, ensuring powders are

kept captive within the unit and

are directed towards the sieve

inlet as much as possible while

minimising hygiene issues.

Also featured on the stand

will be the SM 200-S Artisan

sieve and the all-rounder

Sievmaster Slimline 550

including a new modular model.


W www.farleygreene.com

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Wrappers bring customer gains

Friedheim International,

packaging solutions

provider for the UK

and Ireland and long term

PPMA exhibitor will be

demonstrating two machines

from the wide variety of

film, shrink, sleeve and form

shoulder wrapping solutions

from Beck Packautomaten.

First up will be the tried and

tested Serienpacker SXJ 4-side

sealed packaging machine.

Owing to its special wrapping

technique, the Serienpacker

can produce non-deforming,

shapely and tight packages

with fully automatic product

feeding. This allows the use of

most films with a wide variety

of working widths to suit the

needs of most industries.

This makes the

Serienpacker one of the most

versatile wrapping machines

on the market, says Friedheim.

In a separate demonstration,

Beck will be showing its

Multiplex Pico, a flexible and

easy to use form, fill and seal

wrapping machine. It will be

in operation with Beck’s HV

601 shrink tunnel. The Pico

has a range of applications

and offers high pack quality.

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Friedheim International will be demonstrating two machines from Beck

“Its easy operation, fast

changeovers and small

footprint make it a valuable

asset to any operation,” says

Friedheim marketing manager

Zunaid Rahman.

Friedheim says both

machines are well known

for their versatility in

multiple industries such as

graphic arts, automotive,

textiles, mail-order and


Further details of Beck

Packautomaten, Schib

Packaging and Audion Elektro

equipment, along with product

information from Friedheim

International’s other UK &

Ireland represented packaging

manufacturers – Buhrs

(poly wrapping and paper

wrapping systems) and

Pfankuch Solutions (automatic

horizontal and vertical

feeders) – will be available

on the stand.

In addition, details of

related consumables such

as packaging films as well

as service & maintenance

contracts and training

courses, will also be provided.


W www.friedheim.co.uk

See us

on Stand C20

A Complete Range of

Packaging Solutions

From sachets to pouches, pillow packs to

stand-up bags: PFM packaging machines

can create an ever-widening range of pack

styes, providing the optimum solution for

every application.


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PPMA Show Preview

Milling changes made in seconds

Ytron-Quadro (UK) is

introducing the latest

version of the Scalable

Lab System (SLS) at this year’s

PPMA Show.

This was originally offered

as a lab-scale L1A FitzMill,

and U5 Comil combination

package, but the new offering

includes a further three

material processing and milling

solutions. The U5 high efficiency

Comil, the FlexSift S5 and

the H5 high energy API Comil

are added to the Fitzpatrick’s

FitzMill L1A Comminutor

and the Quadro’s U5.

The new system enables

operators to alternate between

multiple milling solutions in

seconds, due to its special

tri-clamp design. The head

interchangeability this

provides makes the equipment

suitable for milling, security

screening and/or wet material

The new system enables users

to alternate between multiple

milling solutions very quickly

conditioning, as standalone or

to complement lab-scale wet

granulation systems.

It enables operators to

process samples as small as

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product retention, and up to

50 kg/hr milling for certain


The Scalable Lab System

utilises Smart-Detect,

a lab equipment feature that

automatically ensures the

appropriate speed range is

fixed by recognising the head

being installed – a critical

parameter for ensuring

scalability to production

machines is maintained.

In operation, it intuitively

and seamlessly facilitates

the transfer of operating

parameters from small sample

R&D tests, to full-scale

production machines.

Formulators, scientists,

researchers & developers,

and technical transfer

specialists can opt for a single

platform and select the most

suitable milling technology

with minimal capital

investment and reduced

overall space requirements.


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PPMA Show Preview

Tray sealing and new pot filling

Packaging Automation

(PA) will be exhibiting

the latest patented

technology in high speed

tray sealing and a brand

new approach to pot filling

and sealing.

On display will be the

flexible, fully electric SL4

motion tray sealer which

is just one machine in the

company’s portfolio that

incorporates patented motion

control technology.

Other products boasting

the same technology include

the Revolution and Revolution

XL machines.

The development of this

‘motion’ technology means

trays can be sealed at a

higher cycle rate. Cycle

speeds of up to 22 cycles per

minute can be achieved in

a single lane format which

meets the needs of customers

PA says the use of tray sealing for fresh produce has increased a lot this year

in the fresh produce market.

The increase in speed is due

to the interpolating nature of

the transfer arms working in

conjunction with the in-feed

and stepping conveyor which

allows for a continuous feed

into the seal cycle.

A newly designed machine

in the pot filling and sealing

range will be launched at the

show. Reacting to the market’s

need to be able to launch

products to retail quicker,

the special design and

manufacturing techniques

used for this machine means

that lead times are improved

by up to 40%. The machine

comes with the option to

run up to 3 lanes dependant

on pack size meaning that

customers can triple their

throughputs for a similar

footprint when compared

to previous models.

Other features include

the ability to cater easily

to a range of customer

specifications including

multiple fills (wet and dry fill),

reel fed film or pre-cut

lid sealing, clip on lid,

over capping, date coding in

whichever configuration

is required.


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Palletising and collaborative

robot options will be shown

The CP 180 robot will be

exhibited at this year’s

exhibition, illustrating

its wide working range and

enhanced drive mechanism.

At 2050 cycles per hour,

Kawasaki Robotics’ CP range

palletising robots claim

best in class performance

when running the industry

standard Takt test.

Du-Aro is

a flexible


Collaborative robotics will

also be demonstrated with

the Kawasaki Du-Aro dual

arm robot. Where production

runs are limited in volume,

justifying costly dedicated

assembly or packaging tooling

can be difficult. Finding

operators to integrate on

production lines at short

notice, and for limited periods,

can be an even bigger problem;

so having a co-worker robot

that just wheels into position

when needed is a natural

progression for manufacturing

automation, says the company.


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the circular

economy aims

The ‘circular economy’ concept is challenging organisations to

re-think how their resources are managed for social good…


hen the world’s largest

food and drinks brand

puts out its first ever

advert made out of 100%

recyclable packaging

which is designed to encourage recycling,

you know that environmental issues are

taking centre stage.

Indeed, this sustainability focused ad

came in the same month as Coca-Cola

European Partners (CCEP) set out its

plans to double the recycled plastic in

all of its bottles to 50% by 2020 as part of

its GB sustainable packaging strategy.

To achieve this target CCEP will continue

its long term partnership with Clean Tech,

which operates Europe’s largest and most

advanced plastic bottle reprocessing

facility, supporting the circular economy

in Great Britain and allowing recycled

bottles to return to shops as part of new

packs in as little as six weeks.

And you also know that an issue is

permeating business when a new standard

is devised. This happened earlier this

summer when the business standards

company BSI launched a new standard

for the ‘circular economy’ called

BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing

the principles of the circular economy in

organisations – guide.

The circular economy is a concept

which challenges organisations to

re-think how their resources are managed

to create financial, environmental and

social benefits. BS 8001 was developed

to meet these mutually beneficial goals,

by providing guiding principles

for organisations to consider and

implement more sustainable practices.


One of the key aims of the circular

economy is to keep products, components

and materials at their highest utility and

value at all times, in keeping with the

mantra of the circular economy as being

restorative and regenerative by design.

BS 8001 outlines what the circular

economy is and how an organisation can

transition from a linear to a circular, and

more sustainable, day-to-day operation.

Practical implementation of the six

principles of the circular economy –

innovation; stewardship; collaboration;

value optimisations; transparency and

‘systems thinking’ – is the bedrock

of the standard, and step-by-step

guidance on how an organisation can

navigate through the different stages of

implementation is provided.

Systems thinking is defined in the

standard as an understanding of how

organisations, individual decisions

and activities interact within the wider

systems they are part of.

BSI believes the move to a circular

economy is a significant opportunity for

businesses as by contributing to a resource

efficient and low-carbon economy, costs

and supply chain risks are reduced.

Further benefits for businesses which

choose to implement BS 8001 include

improved resilience, new revenue streams,

and enhanced corporate sustainability

credentials. “Resource productivity is

at the heart of the government’s new

Industrial Strategy and demonstrates

how standards can be considered

business improvement tools which help

organisations to take practical actions to

realise the economic and social benefits

of the circular economy,” says David

Fatscher, head of sustainability at BSI.

It is clear, that it is often baby steps

that are taken at the start of the

sustainability journey, but each one of

these accrues to make a legitimate impact.

Work on reducing energy, developing

One of the key aims of the circular economy

is to keep products, components and materials

at their highest utility and value at all times

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Refres Now is saving 45% in its energy usage

The Coca-Cola ad tells the story of two bottles who fall in love as they meet over and over again

new technologies and harnessing water

stewardship are just some of the strides

the machinery sector is taking.

For instance, Refres Now, the

Argentinian producer of the Manaos brand

of beverages, has recently installed a new

Sidel Matrix Combi, and so can expect

comparable savings of 45% in its energy

consumption over previous equipment.

It also anticipates a significant

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decrease in water consumption and an

improvement of 40% in the plant’s total

production output. The Sidel Matrix

Combi is part of a new line, installed as

an extension of the company’s production

facility in La Matanza.

Meanwhile, new products are being

tested for their environmental merit in

the drinks sector. The European PET

Bottle Platform has confirmed that

Nature MultiPack doesn’t use normal materials

Nature MultiPack, for example, can be

fully recycled. The adhesive specially

developed and supplied by NMP Systems

and KHS is used in dot form to hold

together PET bottles without any further

materials being used.

The tests showed that the dots of

adhesive are removed by friction during

the washing process so it has no negative

impact on the quality of the recycled PET.


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Sustainability is one

of the most important

management aspects

at Robatech and

for this reason, we

always work on optimising our

products,” says sales director of

Robatech UK Gary Roberts.

“The development of the GreenLine

concept focuses on the reduction of

energy and adhesive consumption,

safety, cost efficiency, and a

resource-saving adhesive process.”

Robatech’s systematic focus on

sustainably optimised products

and solutions resulted in the

development of the GreenLine

concept. This involved all device

components from application

head to hose to the melter to be

investigated with respect to their

energy consumption and heat loss.

The result was a complete analysis

of how to achieve significant

energy savings.

In practice, optimisation

as well as new and further

developments in terms of ecology

and sustainability were introduced

and realised in a step-by-step

manner. And this has resulted

in GreenLine being proven and

established as the standard for all

new and further developments at

the company.

Within the scope of the

GreenLine concept, the complete

adhesive system was equipped

with specially developed

CoolTouch insulation. In operation,

this heat-resistant insulation helps

to deliver resource-saving and

sustainable production, as the

energy consumption is drastically

reduced. The melting tank and

pump on the Concept GreenLine

series demands 17.4% less energy

while the application heads on the

Diamond series saves 60% over

previous models.

And the energy required by the

heated hoses on the Diamond series

is also down, by 6% in practice.

Also, this patented insulation

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the surrounding area which reduces

the risk of burns for the operator

and also protecting the products

on the line that are to be glued.

The high environmental

standards are additionally

supported by the continuously

reduced adhesive consumption,

says Robatech. “The quality and

thus high service life of the products

and solutions is a decisive factor for

a sustainable production process,”

says Roberts. Using GreenLine

optimised Robatech systems,

customers achieve energy savings

of 30% as well as a reduction in

adhesive consumption of up to 50%

– depending on their application

and system configuration.

Less consumption and

long service life contributes

to the sustainable attributes

The manufacturing process

for the adhesive systems also

focuses on a resource-saving

and energy-optimised process.

Energy generated by the in-house

photovoltaic plant is used for

production, for instance.

Robatch believes the use of solar

power and ongoing innovations

in the area of sustainability

consistently improve the life

cycle assessment of Robatech

products for its customers.

“This means we can make

an important contribution

towards an environmentally

friendly production process,”

says Roberts.

“We believe our GreenLine

concept has sent a strong message

in terms of more sustainability in

industrial adhesive applications

and demonstrates the perfect union

between performance and energy


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Feature: Sustainability

Sustaining an

‘invented for life’


Matthias Klauser is responsible for sustainable packaging solutions

at Bosch Packaging Technology and here, he talks about how the

company is taking a comprehensive approach across the value chain


n line with the Bosch brand’s claim

to develop technology ‘Invented for

life’, at Bosch Packaging Technology

we strive to help conserve natural

resources by shaping the packaging

industry and introducing sustainable

packaging solutions. In order to be

successful, we take a comprehensive

approach to sustainability along the

entire value chain, from developing

and testing new recyclable pack styles

to implementing economic and energy

efficient machinery in production.

Nevertheless, sustainable packaging

is a rather challenging and complex topic,

requiring manifold expertise. This is

why Bosch Packaging Technology draws

on a network of reliable partnerships,

including our

membership in the

CEFLEX Initiative.

This is a European

consortium of

The new FSC-certified mono-material paper

companies representing the entire value

chain of flexible packaging.

This feature presents the latest

examples and best practices that

contribute to building a more sustainable

future for the packaging business.

In 2016, Bosch launched the world’s

first sealed paper packaging which was

developed in partnership with Swedish

paper specialist BillerudKorsnäs. This

development is in line with a circular

economy approach, promoting recycling

as well as the use of renewable materials

in primary packaging. Instead of using

a polymer film, the solution enables

production of dust-tight packaging for

dry products such as sugar, grains,

flour or powders, using FSC-certified

mono-material paper.

This BillerudKorsnäs produced paper

is more durable than conventional

paper, while retaining its natural paper

characteristics and advantages from

source to recycling. The material’s

sustainable credentials increase its

appeal to eco-conscious consumers

as well as strengthening its overall

perception as an eco-friendly product.

The paper’s combination of strength,

flexibility and stiffness fits perfectly with

Bosch’s form, fill and seal technology and

allows for coating with a sealing agent on

a minimal surface area. The packaging

retains its mono-material characteristics

due to the low levels of sealing agent

required. As a result, retailers and

consumers profit from clean shelves,

high product protection and improved

product quality.

Decreasing resource consumption

through the constant development

of machinery is true for every market

today. Nevertheless, every improvement

that leads to a reduction in energy and

material consumption or product waste

is an important step in the direction of

a sustainable future.


One of the latest energy consumption

solutions includes the Energy Monitoring

platform, an Industry 4.0 software

solution. It combines both a detailed

analysis of the different parameters

(for example, compressed air or electricity

usage) and a visualisation of the results.

This way, fluctuations, peaks and

irregularities, as well as potential energy

and cost savings can be identified.

Moreover, defects are easier to

localise - for example if a machine uses

more compressed air due to a leakage.

This, in turn, reduces time-consuming

troubleshooting, avoids unnecessary

energy costs and increases both machine

utilisation and performance.

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Chairman of the managing board of Robert Bosch Packaging Technology Stefan König said that sustainability is a core component of Bosch’s

corporate culture. This is why the company is expanding its portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions to meet end user demands

To demonstrate how energy

consumption can be reduced in

confectionery processing, at interpack

in May, Bosch showed its upgraded

Rapidsolver BLK 2500 BR machine for

dissolving jelly masses. This machine

featured a patent-pending heat recovery

system used to preheat the mass, which

offers up to 50% less energy consumption

and reduced total cost of ownership

(TCO) in comparison to previous solutions.

In addition, energy-saving dissolving

is achieved through the optimised design

of the machine, allowing steam pressure

to be reduced by 0.3 bar to further relieve

thermal stress on the product and

preserving quality and taste.

Energy recovery concepts are also

important to not only ensure lower

operating costs, but also protect

environmental resources. To create more

sustainable pharmaceutical production,

Bosch has tackled energy-intensive

processes such as the cleaning or

sterilisation of glass containers.

For instance, the latest distillation

units from Bosch reduce heating steam

consumption by up to 30% compared to

the previous generation by reusing the

clean steam from the preceding column.

Moreover, single-use filling systems

contribute to energy efficiency by

avoiding time-consuming and energyintensive

cleaning processes, which

eventually reduce the consumption of

ultra-pure media. To lower the overall

energy consumption of cleanrooms,

as little outside air as possible needs to

be processed, therefore, Bosch holds

isolator systems that process air from the

surrounding room, whereby the isolator

can consume up to 65 % less energy

than RABS (Restricted Access Barrier

Systems), depending on the input and

output of the air.

With food waste reaching an alarming

1.3 billion tons annually, packaging

manufacturers are looking for more

sustainable processes which is why

at Bosch, we continuously inform our

customers about the crucial role sealing

plays for product safety and quality.

With the right application, sealing has

the potential to improve shelf presentation

and usability, as well as limit food waste

trapped in the seal.

In operational terms, sealing is often

the bottleneck, negatively affecting

New machinery is

helping to decrease

resource consumption

and meet eco needs

efficiency and speed. Bosch offers a large

variety of sealing technologies, including

PE, cold, heat and ultrasonic sealing.

Product waste is not just an issue

during production, but throughout the

whole manufacturing supply chain.

With technology optimisation, this

can be greatly reduced at each stage.

An example of technology helping to

prevent food waste is the WRF 600 Flex

slab former, with a flexible working width

that allows for easy, step-less and toolfree

adjustments for the precise cutting of

multilayer bar products in different sizes.

As a result, less product mass is wasted.

To accommodate slabs of different

widths, operators simply make a

manual adjustment to the machine

during production which completely

eliminates downtime. Removing the

need for machine stoppages also reduces

waste, maximising product usage and

enhancing productivity.

At interpack, chairman of the

managing board of Robert Bosch

Packaging Technology Stefan König said

that sustainability is a core component

of Bosch’s corporate culture which is why

it is expanding its portfolio of sustainable

packaging solutions. “We want to provide

technical answers to environmental

questions,” he told Machinery Update.

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Feature: Sustainability

Machinery Update

reports on disposal

Shredding options come in

all shapes and sizes

to offer benefits across

a range of industries.

Safe & Secure Logistics

has boosted the capacity of its

WEEE recycling service with a

new hard drive shredder to pave

the way for further growth while

Packer Products is offering a range

of heavy duty carton shredders that

instantly convert everyday waste

paper, cardboard and corrugated

board into void fill.

The dual action carton shredding

machines trim and simultaneously

convert waste cardboard into

flexible matting for wrapping or void

fill, to provide goods with optimum

product protection against damage

during handling and transit.

Money can be saved on expensive

void fill and on carton and

cardboard storage, removal and

disposal as it allows users to produce

the void fill they need, on demand.

Billed as an environmentally

friendly way to recycle and reuse

unwanted cardboard, many of the

single phase machines are built to

class IE3 energy efficiency – making

them 30% more energy efficient

and capable of longer run times.

This, as well as new inverter

technology, helps to improve

reliability while making the

machines safer, cleaner and quieter.

Packer says its carton shredders

are cost effective and easy to use.

There’s no complicated training

required, and they can often pay

for themselves within a matter

of months through the savings

The RS40 shredder supplied by Untha

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All machines

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they generate in operation.

Different models are available to

produce flexible matting or 4mm

cut strips. Different machines also

offer different run times, and can

cut different board thicknesses.

Meanwhile, Safe & Secure

Logistics has invested in a new

hard drive shredder which will

enable the confidential destruction

team to comfortably – and

compliantly – process over 3,000

hard drives per week.

The Untha RS40 shredder has

been delivered to SAS Logistics’

Northampton site and thanks to

its ‘plug and play’ technology it

was operational within the hour.

But that same technology – plus

the machine’s compact footprint –

will mean the RS40 can easily be

loaded onto a vehicle for additional

use as a mobile shredder.

In either scenario, the four-shaft

system will produce an homogenous

output fraction of 15mm which,

coupled with the liberation of

materials within the hard drives,

will ensure optimum recycling rates.

“We have established a

prominent industry position due to

the robustness of our processes from

start to finish,” says Lee Spendlove,

managing director at SAS Logistics.

“The market is crowded with

shredders we could have used

but we opted for the most proven

solution, in terms of reliability,

throughputs and confidential waste

destruction compliance.”

Previously only able to tackle

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SAS Logistics now expects to see

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3D industrial inspection

benefits quality control

Industrial Vision Systems

(IVS) has launched a range

of vision systems for 3D

vision operations in industrial

environments. This series of

products offers a wide range of

powerful and flexible sensors,

from single point displacement

units to full 3D point cloud

scanners. These products

are designed for reliable

operation in harsh industrial

surroundings ensuring

longevity and low maintenance.

The 3D vision systems

introduced by IVS can also

be used for many challenging

inspection and guidance

applications where traditional

machine vision systems would

struggle, such as assembly

verification, robot pick

and place, and precision

3D measurements.

With these improved systems,

manufacturers for industries

such as food and drink,

automotive, pharmaceutical,

printing and packaging,

and electronics can receive

quality data instantly.

And this quality data comes

at full production speed.

The accurate, high-speed

measurement avoids costly

slowdowns or processing

errors, ultimately unlocking

higher profit margins, says

IVS director Earl Yardley.

The advanced capability of

the 3D systems, compared to

conventional two-dimensional

sensors, comes from their

ability to measure size and

position with extremely high

accuracy – with resolutions

down to micron level –

regardless of an object’s

height or colour. The sensors

are able to capture 3D,

The IVS sensors capture

3D, scatter, and grayscale

images simultaneously

scatter, and grayscale images

simultaneously to produce

a more robust and reliable

vision control system, either

through stand-alone sensors or

complex engineered machines.

“One of the biggest

technology challenges

manufacturers face is the

integration of 3D cameras,”

says Yardley. “This complex

technology requires vision

engineering at an extremely

final level,” he says.

T 01865 823322

W www.industrialvision.co.uk

20 new high-resolution models

Launches include

high resolution

camera models

Multipix Imaging launch a further

20 new high-resolution models

to the Basler ace camera series

which are suited to applications

in the highly automated 3D

inspection systems. The models

feature sensors from Sony’s

Pregius and STARVIS lines with

the latest global and rolling

shutter technology.

Equipped with the IMX253,

IMX255, IMX267 and IMX304

sensors from Sony’s Pregius

line, 12 new models will now

form the ace L product line.

Offering resolutions of 9 and 12

megapixels and frame rates of up

to 40 fps, these cameras stand

out in particular due to the image

quality at high resolutions and a

pixel size of 3.45 µm.

T 01730 233332

W www.multipix.com

New CMOS cameras offer exposure time

down to 1 microsecond and claimed as first

Baumer is now offering what it

says is the first CMOS cameras

with an exposure time down

to 1 µs in the mainstream

segment of digital industrial


The CX models including

the second generation of

Sony Pregius sensors, feature

exposure times ranging from

1 µs to 60 s. Available with up

to 12 megapixel resolution,

they are ideal in tasks at

high light intensity such as

laser welding and will also

minimise blur in high-speed

applications like pick and

place tasks.

Having extended the

application possibilities of

CMOS cameras, Baumer has

closed a gap where previously

CCD sensors were required.

Samples are available now;

production starts in the third

quarter of this year.

Pushing further toward

best-in-class in terms of

short exposure times, the

CX cameras with 29 x 29mm

housing design perform

perfectly in hot environments

due to their high operating

temperature capability of up

to 65deg C. Additionally, they

feature 1000 fps with ROI

(Region of Interest) and an

excellent dynamic range of 71

dB, says Baumer.

As a result of their high

resolution merged with

excellent image quality,

the GigE and USB 3.0 cameras

master virtually any task in

various industries which place

Samples of the CMOS cameras

are available now; production starts

in the third quarter of this year

the highest demands on image

details and throughput.

T 01793 783839

W www.baumer.com

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Visionary camera launch

Cameras offer high

quality images for


Hikvision Machine Vision has

developed the 29 MP camera

based on the advantages of

the camera technology that it

inherited from Hikvision.

“And this camera will bring

an unprecedented application

experience of high quality images

to customers of autonomous

manufacturing industry,” says

Kane Luo, EU sales manager

at the company. “It will help

to improve both quality and

efficiency,” he continues.

T 01628 902140

W www.hikvision.com

Sick has launched the

Visionary-T, its first

robust, industrial imaging

camera to capture highresolution

3D data with a single

‘snapshot’, whether the object is

stationary or moving.

The camera uses highresolution


(TOF) technology to achieve

superior quality 3D imaging

for vision applications. Unlike

3D vision systems based on

laser triangulation, the 3D

image is captured with one

shot of light, without the need

to profile a moving object.

While single shot imaging

systems have already been

introduced for consumer

applications, the IP67-rated

Visionary-T is designed for

24/7 industrial use in rugged

conditions. The camera

therefore offers an affordable

The Visonary-T camera from Sick is available in two different models

alternative to high-end

3D vision systems so that

manufacturers and machine

builders can integrate 3D

imaging into a wide range of

vision applications.

These include obstacle

recognition for automated

vehicle or robot navigation,

intrusion detection, parcel

quality checking or gesture

recognition. Images of moving

or stationary objects are

captured within a range of up

to 7 metres.

“The Visionary T builds up a

detailed and accurate real-time

3D image of fixed or moving

objects with excellent results,”

says Neil Sandhu of Sick.

T 01727 831121

W www.sick.co.uk



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Labelling, Coding & Marking

Feeder/overprinter meets

new rules and sales need

The RF2 standalone

friction feed overprinting

system fitted with

iJet coding from Rotech is

enabling e-cigarette company

Shoreditch to meet new

labelling rules without having

to make changes to the rest

of its production line.

It is also helping Shoreditch

to protect its branding and

minimise the number of

unique carton designs it

needs to deploy across its

range of vaping products.

Following the 19 May 2017

deadline, all vaping liquids

and cartridges for sale in the

UK must comply with the

Tobacco and Related Products

Regulations (TRPR) 2016.

This includes displaying a

health warning about nicotine

over at least 30% of the two

largest surfaces of the unit


“We’re a brand-led business

and we didn’t want to use

the real estate of the bottle

for the health warning since

it wouldn’t leave much room

for anything else,” explains

Andy Kirby, director of

Shoreditch. “We therefore

decided to insert the bottles

into individual unit packs so

they can have the warning

and all the other information

on there.”

The other challenge for

Shoreditch is the huge number

of products in its range.

Its line-up includes 15 flavours

and more than 100 SKUs.

It also sells via high street

stores, adding to coding

requirements, such as the

need for EAN barcodes.

“The offline Rotech system

means we can have 15 packs

for the 15 flavours, while

other information like the

barcode, batch code and best

before date can all be coded

separately using thermal inkjet

technology,” says Kirby. “We

don’t need to print 101 different

versions of the underlying

packaging, which would be

prohibitively expensive.”

The RF2 fitted with an iJet

coder is a standalone coding

station that takes flat cartons

from a stack, feeds them to

a thermal inkjet printer and

delivers them to a stack of

finished packs.

T 01707 393700

W www.rotechmachines.com

Labelling systems division has invested in

expanded production facilities to aid sales

Herma’s Rob Jenkinson (left) and Simon Pagram

officially open the new, expanded production site

The RF2 allows Shoreditch to handle 15 packs for the 15 flavours, easily

Herma UK’s


systems division

has increased


capacity by over

30% to meet an

ever growing

demand for its


At the same time,

the company is

also celebrating its

silver anniversary.

By investing in

the foundation of

the business and continuing

to develop new solutions for

the market, Herma hopes that

the success it has achieved

in the last few years will be

replicated in the future.

“This expansion should

ensure that Herma can

continue to offer the high level

of service and support that

our customers have come to

expect and provide us with

the scope to meet our future

growth ambitions,” says

Herma divisional director

Rob Jenkinson.

Fast coding

on difficult


The challenge of achieving the

highest quality codes on ultrafast

packing lines with difficultto-mark

substrates is being met

with the launch of a new laser

marking solution from Linx

Printing Technologies.

The Linx CSL60 laser

combines a powerful processor

and 60W laser tube with Linx’s

Visicode system to produce crisp,

clear codes on difficult-to-mark

materials such as glass and PET

at high speeds. This enables

manufacturers across a plethora

of sectors to meet all compliance

requirements and provides

effective brand protection and


This new laser incorporates

a processor that is able to relay

messages from the control unit

to the marking head very quickly,

which ensures that line speeds

are unaffected. As a result, up to

70,000 packs per hour can be

marked, says Linx.

In addition, the Linx CSL60

supports production line

efficiencies. For example, the

availability of complete IP65

protection for the controller

and laser head means that a

fully integrated system can now

remain in situ during wash down

to minimise downtime.

Equally important, the Linx

CSL60 offers 25 different head

and lens options, providing over

16,000 combinations of lens,

marking heads and tubes.

With the SHC150c head

option, the Linx CSL60 offers

a larger marking field than

any comparable laser, claims

the company. This provides

additional versatility for the

marking of wide web applications

such as flexible packaging and

outer case coding, and coding of

products across multiple lines.

T 01480 302100

W www.linxglobal.com

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Motion terminal propels

pneumatics to new dawn

The XTS meets hygiene standards




XTS Hygienic, the stainless steel

version of the eXtended transport

system from Beckhoff, is billed

as opening up a wide spectrum

of new applications, first and

foremost in the primary food and

pharmaceutical industries and

also for processing and filling

liquids in general.

Enabling optimal cleanability

with the high protection rating

of IP 69K, very good chemical

resistance and without any hidden

corners, edges or undercuts, the

version in Hygienic Design offers

a lot of potential for innovation in

these industries, says Beckhoff.

The advantages of the standard

system as a highly flexible motion

solution are combined with ease

of cleaning, thus enabling process

optimisation and maximum

production line availability, even

when the demands made on

hygiene are high.

The XTS replaces mechanics

with software functionality to

allow for a high degree of design

freedom in realising completely

new machine concepts.

Through a significant reduction

in mechanical engineering

requirements, machines can be set

up with the XTS more compactly,

at a lighter weight and with less

wiring. In addition, compared

to conventional solutions, the

systems are much more flexible,

the processes quicker and

maintenance needs are lower.

T 01491 410539

W www.beckhoff.co.uk

The new VTEM

Motion Terminal

from Festo propels

pneumatics into the era

of Industry 4.0 with apps

that can replace over

50 individual standard

components, thanks to

the latest developments

in piezo technology and


“We predict that the

VTEM Motion Terminal

will revolutionise

automation technology

in much the same way

that the smartphone

turned the mobile

communication market

on its head a decade

ago,” says Andy Parker-

Bates, product manager

at Festo. “In addition to

transforming pneumatic

products into true Industry 4.0

components, the VTEM

simplifies system design,

reduces costs and offers

greater energy efficiency.”

Festo predicts that the new

method of function integration

exemplified by the VTEM

– combined with software

Festo’s Motion Terminal allows for activation of

new functions via apps not traditional methods

apps – will simplify the entire

value chain, since only one

piece of hardware will be

required. Beneath the new

Motion Terminal’s somewhat

unassuming exterior lies

technical refinement based

on the latest information

technology, says Festo.

Piezo technology,

integrated stroke and

pressure sensors – together

with control via motion apps

– opens up entirely new

perspectives for machinery

and plant manufacturers.

The fusion of mechanics,

electronics and software

featured in the VTEM will

transform a pneumatic

product into a true

Industry 4.0 component,

and enable flexible

production. Changes in

pneumatic functions

and adaptations to new

formats are controlled

via apps by changing

parameters. The integrated

intelligent sensors for

control, diagnostics and

self-learning tasks will

eliminate the need for

additional components.

At launch, the VTEM offers

ten different functions via

motion apps. What makes

this so special is that the

same valve hardware is

used for everything.

T 01252 775000

W www.festo.com

Sensors with capacitive proximity switches

meet detection needs from a single source

Leuze electronic is expanding

its portfolio of optoelectronic

and inductive sensors with

capacitive proximity switches,

making it possible for users

to obtain complete solutions

for all detection requirements

from a single source.

With its new range of

capacitive products, Leuze

electronic is introducing

contactless, wear-free

switches which are resistant

to electromagnetic influences,

interference and contaminants

in the air such as dust.

The capacitive

switches are available

in cylindrical or

cubic designs with

flush and non-flush

mounting options

to suit the widest

range of applications.

Due to their


technology, they have

an extremely long life

expectancy, regardless of

the detection and switching

frequency, says Leuze.

They are particularly

Detecting both objects and fill levels reliably

suitable for detecting

objects in harsh and dirty

environments due to their

IP67 housing.

T 01480 408500

W www.leuze.co.uk

The fusion of electronic

pressure switch and

analogue manometer

The first fully electronic manometer.

Analogue and digital displays together to

make it easy to read.

Hygienic versions suitable for all standard

CIP / SIP processes.

Electronic sensing principle for high accuracy

and overload immunity. No mechanical

components for long-term stability and no

maintenance. Programmable functions to

reduce your stockholding.


(020) 8213 2222

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Laser fork

sensor is a

clean option

Decentralised solutions to

offer Industry 4.0 benefits

Production sequences in the

pharmaceuticals and food

industries are subject to extremely

demanding hygiene standards,

which is where the new product

from wenglor comes in.

Thanks to corrosion-free

stainless steel, FDA-conformity

and Ecolab certification, wenglor’s

new P1HJ00X laser fork sensor in

InoxSens hygienic design provides

maximised protection when

detecting objects. Thanks to the

collimated laser beam, extremely

fine quality inspection in the

micron range is routine – with fork

widths of up to 220 mm.

Objects with sizes thinner

than a human hair can be reliably

detected by the new fork sensor.

“Thanks to the collimated

laser beam, objects can be

perfectly detected within the

entire fork width – not only

within certain ranges as is the

case with many comparable

products,” says wenglor product

manager Flora Klein.


There are a total of six models

of the P1HJ00X InoxSens light

barrier, offering fork widths of

50, 120 and 220mm, each with

an optic cover made of glass

or plastic as desired – custom

tailored for the requirements of

any industry sector.

The fork sensor with gap-free

design is resistant to cleaning

agents in hygienically sensitive

industrial environments (Ecolab

certified) and it also complies

with the highly demanding

material specifications

stipulated by the Food and Drug

Administration (FDA).

Liquids run off of their own

accord, thanks to the special

hygienic design, says Klein.

Together with the hermetically

sealed housing, captive

components provide for high

levels of protection up to IP69K.

T 01536 313580

W www.wenglor.com

Nord Gear UK says its

range of products are

perfectly poised to meet

the demands of ‘smart’ factory

manufacturing that meets the

need to make things that suit

specific, local markets rather

than mass-produced goods.

“We manufacture a range

of geared motors and drive

electronics that includes

decentralised solutions

that already embrace these

characteristics and are ready

for use on smart machine

applications,” says Andrew

Stephenson, managing

director of the company.


Nord SK 200 series

decentralised geared motors

include inverter drives

with PLC-based intelligent

motion and machine

controls. Versions can benefit

from embedded sensor

technologies and dedicated

evaluation algorithms that

actually predict and prolong

the service life for the specific


In terms of the mechanical

system, vibration, torque

and temperature sensors can

provide real-time measured

data and local analysis

with algorithms which then

forecasts the condition of the

bearings, gearing, oil and

other critical components –

reporting condition status

through internet connectivity.

Another potentially less

expensive means to an end is

to use ‘virtual sensing’ where

predetermined data, gained

from laboratory analysis

collected over several years

of evaluation, is used without

external sensing to predict

the condition.

Clearly a combination

of the two approaches can

potentially exist for optimum

cost versus performance.

As an example of

Inverters with an on-board PLC can resolve blockages through programmed

procedures, while service alerts will be the rare exception, says Nord

If the central control system is disconnected for any reason, the inverter

PLC can keep the application running or bring it to a defined standstill

autonomous operation, the

SK 200 series decentralised

geared motors with on-board

PLC may be pre-programmed

to determine control, by

initiating a defined state

when certain conditions

are encountered. This, for

instance, could be used to clear

blockages in pumps with a

reversing procedure to keep the

application running without

downtime, or interact with the

process in other ways – or stop

the process altogether.


“In process plants, this can

help avoid costs, for instance

by preventing spoiled

batches,” says Stephenson.

“In manufacturing facilities,

however material flow can be


As Nord intelligent drives

feature a comprehensive

choice of communication

bus interfaces and are able to

evaluate sensor and actuator

data, optimal integration in

the application is ensured.

Autonomous control

capability obviously has

other uses beyond fall-back

scenarios, says Stephenson.

In some instances, users may

wish to deliberately switch

the smart drive over to local

control. For set-up, testing, or

maintenance, the distributed

frequency inverter can

additionally be equipped with

switches for manual drive

direction and speed control.

The integrated PLC

functions are programmed

using IEC 61131-3 ‘Structured

Text’ or ‘Instruction List’

text-based languages.

And for straightforward,

user-friendly application

development, software is

provided without any charge

or license fees.

T 01235 534404

W www.nord.com

There is nothing more annoying than spending hours

spec’ing a solenoid valve manifold assembly to discover

the components are not in stock!

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3 - 5 working day manifold lead time

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Variable speed drives are

preventing any stoppages

New range is suited to the most

arduous industrial applications

Conduits and


offer benefits

Buttkereit has added an extensive

range of cable protection conduits

and connectors from Germanbased

Flexa Group to its portfolio.

They are suitable for demanding

industrial applications.

This new range of conduit

products includes plastic, metal

and braided variants that will

fit seamlessly into Buttkereit’s

existing portfolio of cable

protection systems. These

additional products will open

up new opportunities for the

company within a wide range of

industry sectors including food,

automotive and renewables.

The new products are liquid

tight, resistant to solvents and

UV light and, if required, can also

be provided coated with silicone.

They can also withstand extreme

temperatures ranging from

-60deg C to +300deg C.

In use, the Flexa cable

protection range can

safeguard against the

impact of electromagnetic

influences, and are used in high

specification applications such

as the protection of laser-optical

waveguides. For food and medical

sector applications, the Flexa

products meet all of the rigorous

hygiene standards.

“This additional range of

conduits and connectors is a

natural fit with our existing

product offering and allows us to

provide an optimum and tailored

solution for any given cable

protection application,” says

Buttkereit company director

Martin Buttkereit.

T 0161 974 3250

W www.elobau.com

Specialist manufacturer

of bimetallic strips

Samuel Taylor has

improved the reliability of its

production line by retrofitting

two applications with ABB

variable speed drives.

The company produces

precision metallic components

for the aerospace and

automotive industries and one

of its product lines is bimetallic

strips, which it makes by

forming a groove in a coiled

length of copper. This groove

is then inlaid with silver.

The production line consists

of a leveler, grooving and

inlay machines, a bonder

to permanently join the two

strips, and a recoiler.

The recoiler is under torque

control and recoils the strip

on leaving the bonder.

This recoiler originally used

a DC motor but the need to

replace the commutator brush

gear meant that this motor

was often in for repair.

The motor had been rewound

and both motor and drive

were over 20 years old.

Samuel Taylor asked Adford

ABB drives are helping Samuel Taylor to cut out stoppages on its line

CNC, a specialist in CNC

machine tool servicing and

repair, to retrofit the recoiler

with an AC motor. The original

motor was changed for

a 5.5 kW AC force fan-vented

motor, controlled by a 7.5 kW

ABB general purpose drive,


The new ABB drives offer

digitalisation of parameters

and a digital display, which

helps make programming

much easier,” says Alan

Bolton, proprietor of Adford

CNC. “We also chose ABB

because of the excellent

support and service provided

through its authorised value

provider Sentridge Controls.”

T 01908 350300

W www.abb.com

Industrial PC is now optionally available

with a processor to improve performance

B&R Automation’s PC 910 is

now optionally available with

an Intel Xeon processor.

The new microarchitecture

provides a 50% increase in

performance compared to the

previous high-performance

Core i processors.

In operations, this level

allows effective handling of all

applications that require fast

analysis of large amounts

of data, such as machine

vision, data preparation for

cloud applications and data

mining for collection and

A performance boost is now provided

analysis of quality data.

This new quad-core Xeon

processor now gives the

Automation PC 910 a CPU

option that was previously

reserved for large servers.

The Automation PC 910

series continues to offer all

the advantages of its fully

modular and scalable

design, says B&R. The three

available housing variants

feature between one and

five expansion slots, which

can hold a wide variety of

interface cards and data

storage devices.

T 01733 371320

W www.br-automation.com

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Latest manufacturing analytics

allows brewer to meet demands

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Great Lakes Brewing

Company (GLBC),

an independent craft

brewery in the US, has

recently tapped into new

manufacturing analytics

technology that helps scale

production without sacrificing

product quality.

GLBC deployed the

FactoryTalk Analytics for

Devices appliance from

Rockwell Automation to bring

the power of the Internet of

Things and analytics to its

factory floor. The technology

gives GLBC greater insight into

the health of its beer-brewing

machinery to help increase

efficiency, improve quality

and minimise downtime.


“From day one, Great Lakes

Brewing Company has

been committed to good

beer, which means we are

relentlessly focused on

quality – from the ingredients

we use to our production

process and beyond,” says

John Blystone, electrical and