Once again, the PPMA Show highlighted why it’s the UK’s unmissable event for processing and packaging machinery, when it returned to Birmingham’s NEC between 26 and 28 September.
Mitsubishi Electric helps packaged goods manufacturers address challenges in building new packaging machines with a full portfolio of integrated automation equipment.
Mitsubishi Electric demonstrated, at PPMA 2017, how robotics on packaging lines can boost productivity, cut energy usage and reduce maintenance costs.
Bottling is an important stage in many manufacturing processes where liquid products are packaged as part of the final stage of production, for example in the brewing, distilling and beverage industries.
Digital technologies are helping SKF revolutionise the speed and flexibility of its production operations. For customers, that means shorter lead-times, smaller inventories and lower costs.
HMIs have long been established as the best way of providing up to the minute information about processes for years now and it didn’t take long for users to realise that the data held within controllers and HMIs was a goldmine that could help them maximise efficiency and minimise downtime.
Since 2016, a UR10 robot arm has helped the Danish printing company, InPrint A/S, pick and place print plates, reducing non-productive wait time while improving the work environment and freeing up two labour hours in capacity per day.
The productivity and competitiveness of the UK’s manufacturing sector could be transformed by embracing the latest developments in robotic automation technology.
Predictive maintenance is the best answer to minimising the risks of equipment failure, however, monitoring practices in the past have been expensive, problematic and at worst, unreliable.