Berkeley launches motion, machine control solutions for converting/packaging

Richmond, Calif. - To accelerate machine commissioning and throughput in the converting/packaging industries, Berkeley Process Control Inc. on Mar. 28 introduced what it reports is a new, integrated motion and machine control technology. The company reports that its user-friendly technology is designed to accelerate commissioning and throughput of formfill/seal, cartoning, can and bottle filling, case packing and palletization machines.

04/08/2002


Richmond, Calif. - To accelerate machine commissioning and throughput in the converting/packaging industries, Berkeley Process Control Inc. on Mar. 28 introduced what it reports is a new, integrated motion and machine control technology. The company reports that its user-friendly technology is designed to accelerate commissioning and throughput of formfill/seal, cartoning, can and bottle filling, case packing and palletization machines.

'We've taken the outside-the-box controls technology innovation that has made Berkeley a leader in optical fiber, semiconductor and aerospace industries, and focused it on the packaging and converting industries,' says Alain Descoins, Berkley's business development director for packaging and machinery converting. 'All system elements, such as sequential, motion, process and drive controls, operate on the same processor, leading to greater accuracy and increased throughput. The result is a spot-on, user-friendly solution that eliminates the need to purchase, coordinate and maintain multiple platforms. It reduces machine commissioning to a fraction of the time required by conventional systems.'

The heart of Berkeley's packaging controls technology is its laptop-sized Berkeley BX2 controller with built-in functions that include:

  • Complete machine control with multi-axis servo motion, I/O, touchscreen, PC-based operator interface, tension and temperature control;

  • Shared real-time state information of all connected and networked components, enabling machine auto-calibration;

  • Advanced web-enabled error handling, allowing operators to identify error sources and recover seamlessly;

  • OPC server for web broadcasting of production data or diagnostics;

  • Intuitive software that helps developers to get new tools to market rapidly; and

  • Scalable controls technology that allows as many as seven BX2 controllers to be networked using Ethernet.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@cahners.com





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