UK showcase for processing and packaging technologies

30 August 2011

A host of new features will accompany the PPMA (Process and Packaging Machinery Association) Show this year, which takes place from 27th to 29th September at the NEC in Birmingham.

One interesting new feature of the event will be The Manufacturing Forum which consists of a series of seminars presented by packaging, processing, vision and robotics experts followed by an open debate session to explore some of todays most relevant engineering and production topics.

Helping visitors to speed up efficiency in running numerous equipment software programmes, the Organisation for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) will be sharing insights into the benefits of creating a common machine language for automated machines. Nestle and Proctor & Gamble will be used to demonstrate how best to reduce engineering and training costs and shorten the length of project cycles as well as improve supply chain integration.

For the safety conscious, Laidler Associates will be discussing new technologies for machinery safety and offering an overview of the latest safety requirements.

Running alongside the various other seminar sessions will be the exhibition itself, which offers visitors the opportunity to see all the latest processing and packaging technology in one place. Products featured by Phoenix Contact will include a range of modems for remote access to machines, configurable safety modules, HMI’s and industrial PC’s, Ethernet, industrial wireless, I/O, DIN rail modular terminal blocks and connection systems. The company considers itself to be a global market leader in connection, signal conversion and interface, industrial automation technology and surge protection, a position it has achieved by providing ‘inspiring Innovations’.

Omron will be showcasing integrated automation solutions which offer the packaging industry cost-effective ways of addressing increasing competitive and regulatory pressures. A working demonstration of its new SCARA robot will be complemented by vision systems with exceptional text recognition capabilities and by products that embody the latest developments in sensor, safety and inspection technologies. We are told that the next step for the company will be the introduction of a range of Delta-style robots.

Visitors can also see how vision and conveyor tracking functions can be added to robotic systems, and how ease of integration with automation and supervisory systems is assured by the robot controllers’ support for a range of communications options, including Ethernet, DeviceNet and Profibus.

SICK (UK), will be showing its range of industrial sensing, scanning, vision and safety devices, including the LECTOR620 code scanner and Inspector Vision Sensor, a compact 1D/stacked/2D barcode and direct part making scanner which combines four variants for different applications with ease of use for code identification, traceability and anti-counterfeiting.

Demonstrations on the Multipix Imaging stand will focus on the latest image processing software tools and machine vision cameras. Visitors will be able to see its latest track and trace capabilities in action with the Cognex In-sight Camera range. The Panasonic P400 Imaging Software can be seen running print inspection tasks and a conveyor demonstration will show how to create a networked machine vision solution with Basler Ace GigEVision cameras and MVTec’s Halcon10 3D Imaging Software tools.

Alrad Instruments will be showing a range of products at the event. It can now offer high-power LED machine vision light solutions from TPL Vision, developed to solve complex machine vision lighting challenges. Also on show will be the mvBlueLYNX-X an intelligent camera from Matrix Vision. The CPU core is based on ARM technology with up to 1 GHz target clock and image processing acceleration by DSP coprocessor for parallel handling of multiple pixels.

STEMMER IMAGING will be showing multipoint and single point intelligent inspection systems from Teledyne DALSA and the latest 3D smart camera from LMI Technologies, suited to use in traditional inspection applications as well code reading, verification and traceability.

The BOA single point inspection systems are robust, fully integrated intelligent vision systems designed for deployment in harsh environments and offering the type of on-board image processing capabilities that would be expected of a PC-based vision system. The compact cameras are available in a both colour and monochrome versions with a choice of resolutions. The BOA IDR version combines 1D barcode, 2D matrix and character reading and verification with pattern recognition capabilities in a single unit.

For multipoint inspection, GEVA is a powerful industrial controller that provides expandable GigE Vision camera interfaces and is designed for applications requiring powerful processing, high-resolution or multiple cameras. Finally, the Gocator smart 3D camera is an all-in-one solution that makes 3D measurement and control for factory automation accessible to all levels of users. Pre-calibrated and designed to carry out 3D inspection and integrate with factory I/O using a built-in web server, Gocator is network ‘aware’, allowing multiple sensors to be linked together for versatile measurement configurations.

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