Packaging Technology and Solutions Center adds efficiency to machine design
The Packaging Technology and Solutions Center (PTASC) in Schaumburg, IL, helps machine builders adapt more complex automation technology and modular design methodologies to their existing operational systems, and enables OEMs to shorten time to market for new products.
Schneider Electric and its packaging-focused subsidiary Elau Inc. cooperate to support machine builders’ automation, control, and power needs there. Packaging technology resources can look at mechatronics to make machines and processes more efficient. For instance,
Elau made a name for itself within the consumer goods manufacturing industry, the company explains. "When we acquired Elau several years ago, we were impressed by its industry-leading, packaging-specific motion control technology, and its hands-on co-engineering approach to solving its customers’ most difficult challenges," said Andy Gravitt, vice president, automation and control, Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. The center expands the resources available to packaging machinery OEMs over a much wider range of Schneider Electric hardware and software solutions, he says.
Staff from Elau work with experts from Schneider Electric’s Raleigh, NC-based OEM Technology and Solutions Center to provide a single-point resource for technical, application, and engineering packaging project management. The center includes a 12-seat training facility with test stands to help machine builders learn about the latest hardware and software through interactive classroom training. Additional PTASC resources are located in Boston, MA, and Raleigh, NC.
Bryan Orr, president of Elau’s North American operations, is director of the PTASC. "By taking advantage of the breadth of expertise and truly global reach of our parent company, we can provide an unparalleled, holistic approach to optimizing our packaging machinery customers’ systems" at the Schneider Electric Packaging Technology and Solutions Center (PTASC) , he says.
– Barbara Axelson is a writer for Control Engineering . Edited by Renee Robbins.
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