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Low maintenance packaging solution allow on the fly product changes

04 November 2019

Downtime can be a manufacturer's worst nightmare, especially if a line cannot be returned to operation within a short period of time. When Dutch machine builder Smart Automation was commissioned by one of the world's leading printer cartridge manufacturers to develop a machine that fully automates the packaging of a wide variety of cartridges, it was essential to build a robust and durable cell.

One of the key challenges Smart Automation faced was finding a guidance system that could be safely built into the core of the new machine. The system needed to run for several years without maintenance and their search was not initially successful. Smart Automation's designers looked at a number of manufacturers before finally deciding to use HepcoMotion. 

Highly complex

At first glance, the packaging of printer cartridges may seem a simple task. However, the specification required the machine to process six standard configurations of packaging formats and contents, including four different combinations of printer cartridge. It was also important to offer the ability to switch between configurations within a matter of minutes. "Bringing together so much complexity in a single machine was a particular challenge for us." explains the mechanical engineer.

Read the full article in the November issue of DPA

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