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Yogurt packaging made 30% faster
4th Quarter 2017, Electrical switching & drive systems & components


French packaging machine manufacturer, Packinov asked its local Omron service department to collaborate on developing a new machine with high levels of compactness and cost efficiency. Packinov not only got a mini-revolution in machine performance but also an increase in packaging speed of more than 30%.

“I worked with Packinov engineers onsite to see where we could help with reducing the machine’s size and cost,” says Omron field application engineer, Régis Couchoud,. “We looked at the components and materials and identified possible gains. Then I realised that Omron’s vibration suppression technology could also reduce the machine’s cost of ownership by making it more productive.”

Without anti-sloshing function.
Without anti-sloshing function.

Minimising sloshing in liquid-filling activities is essential in the food and beverage packaging industry. Couchoud downloaded the free Function Block and input some of the liquid’s parameters. The result was optimised anti-sloshing. He also uploaded several recipes and liquid types. With a NA HMI, end-user operators could change recipes with the touch of a few on-screen buttons, enabling one machine to package several different liquid products.

With anti-sloshing function.
With anti-sloshing function.

The vibration control technology is implemented via Omron’s Sysmac integrated platform, which uses one connection, one software and one machine controller. This means that only one network is necessary for all machine functions including motion, safety, vision, robotics and sensing. Since all the components and subsystems are automatically recognised by the single software environment, no addressing is necessary and all parameters can be easily shared to reduce development time to an absolute minimum.


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Tel: +27 11 579 2600
Fax: +27 11 608 3515
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