If you are regular reader of this column, you are likely aware of the competitive advantages provided by PackML in August’s “Get Ready for IIoT: 5 Reasons to Implement PackML Now.” Your company may even be planning to implement PackML. So where do you start?
Motion Industries Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC), has acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company based in Danvers, Mass.
Small changes can create significant cost savings in packaging, so it’s no wonder the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is a trend that continues to grow within the broader digital transformation efforts.
OMAC’s initiative to improve HMI usability and reduce operator training is moving to the next phase. As part of its efforts to develop a PackML HMI Implementation Guide, OMAC conducted a usability survey during PACK EXPO International last October. The evaluation challenged participants to complete a series of tasks on three different HMI designs.
More pharmaceutical manufacturers are investing in automation strategies to improve their operations and services. Nearly 50 percent of pharmaceutical and medical device companies have line automation integration underway and will be tracking overall equipment effectiveness(OEE).
Fold it, seal it, tape it, box it, pick it, place it — automate it. These are the separate processes that Finland-based Orfer Oy needed to automate to speed up its packaging operations. However, automating these processes without expanding factory floor space proved to be a challenging feat.
Mintel announces the four key trends set to impact North American consumer markets over the coming year. With surprises at every turn and vague uncertainty, being attuned to consumer trends across transparency, value, self-care and automation is perhaps more crucial in 2018 than ever before.
At Cascina Italia S.p.A., automated egg handling helps the company to speed up production while eliminating errors. Universal Robots' collaborative UR5 robot equipped with a pneumatic gripper gently picks and places trays of eggs to load corrugated cases with up to nine layers.