Packaging & materials handling

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AC replaces DC drive technology to cut energy costs for recycling plant

Maintenance costs have been reduced at a plastic recycling plant through the replacement of the DC drive on the compounder with a variable speed AC system.
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Drive technology increases lamination productivity

With competitors’ laminating machines running at line speeds of 20 to 25 m/min, a new design capable of 120 or even 180 m/min offers a clear productivity advantage for Autobond Ltd.
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Roll grinding made easy with Ethernet

A control system is helping machine-tool expert Halifax Numerical Controls (HNC) to achieve success in the competitive market for roll grinders for rubber-coated rollers.


  1. 10/07/2012 Precision control from variable speed drives

    Variable speed drives supplied by Control Techniques have been chosen for use on drying and coating lines supplied by Phoenix Dryers.

  2. 10/01/2012 Achieving 100% error-free quality control

    Pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim currently produces around 120 million blister packs of prescription-only drugs every year. Its products are designed to reduce blood pressure, treat patients experiencing shortness of breath, and treat thrombosis.

  3. 21/11/2011 Mobile SCADA increases staff efficiency in logistics operation by 15% and cuts support call costs by 60%

    SCHAD, the developer of the EXTEND7000 mobile SCADA system has implemented a mobile solution for BAUR, a German multichannel retailer.

  4. 18/08/2011 Drives make headway in the packaging industry

    The profit margins associated with the implementation of electric drives will see them experience widespread acceptance in the European packaging industry over the next seven years, according to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

  5. 19/07/2011 Drives and controls upgrade for Saica Packaging

    The UK operation of Saica Packaging has succeeded in increasing its productivity levels following a drives and controls upgrade by Optima Control Solutions (OCS) on a corrugating line at its Edinburgh plant.

  6. 10/05/2011 Integrated motors in packaging equipment on the rise

    A recent study from IMS Research indicates that integrated motor sales into the packaging industry are forecast to continue growing following a 48.8% growth in 2010.

  7. 14/03/2011 Machinery safety for packaging machines

    Following renewed risk assessments that led to an updated machine safety design concept for a servo-driven film wrapping machine, BVM Brunner now has the flexibility to meet a variety of customer requirements while ensuring the safety of machine operators.

  8. 04/03/2011 Huge energy savings realised on Coca-Cola bottling line

    While retrofitting a transportation system, Vienna-based Coca-Cola Hellenic Austria used a mechatronic drive which has allowed for a 75% energy saving, which is equivalent to an annual reduction of 41 tons of CO2.