5 bottom line improvements to packaging automation

Packaging automation, such as Yaskawa Sigma-5 servo amp and motor pairing, can improve machinery in five key ways.
By Barbara Axelson June 2, 2009

Yaskawa MP2300Siec machine controller

Packaging original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) enjoy their own benefits from automation of packaging machines, adding to reliability, productivity, safety and several other key metrics. Scott Carlberg, Yaskawa’s Sigma-5 product marketing manager, notes that the Sigma-5 servo amp and motor pairing have patented auto-tuning and vibration suppression technology.

Carlberg says, “This new product’s connectivity capability—to servos and ac drives, and to peer and supervisor controllers—is key to getting machine control developed, commissioned, and serviced. Digital servo networks, like those used in the Sigma-5, simplify wiring, saving hours/days of labor with its auto-recognition capability. In addition, OPC server technology allows data to pass between various types of controllers without special programming.”

“With one of our packaging customers,” says Carlberg, “our technology allowed them to move from requiring three conveyor belts to two, speeding up the packaging process line and realizing a 200% productivity increase.”

Yaskawa’s packaging industry technology solutions tend to center around its MP2300Siec programmable automation controllers (PACs), in which motion and logic are combined to control packaging machine functions including PLC functionality, I/O, sequential logic, and process algorithms.

According to Chris Knudsen, MP2300Siec product marketing manager, automation impacts a packaging OEM’s bottom line by improving five factors:

-Reliability (involving product uptime);

-Flexibility (fast configurability for changeovers of products and materials);

-Safety (integrated safety input);

-Throughput; and

-Connectivity (EtherNet/IP, fieldbus, and OPC servers connecting to factory supervisory systems).

Two additional benefits, says Knudsen, are e-stop recovery and, ultimately, higher quality products.

Also learn how the

Schneider Electric Packaging Technology and Solutions Center adds efficiency to machine design

and how

smart application of servos in machine design can eliminate endless operator adjustments in machinery

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– Barbara Axelson is a writer for Control Engineering . Edited by Renee Robbins.

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