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Packaging Digest, April 2014

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38 TRENDS // APRIL 2014 www.PackagingDigest.com industry insights industry insights Arpac LP ................................................................................................................ 13 www.arpac.com AutomationDirect ...........................................................................................3 www.automationdirect.com Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems ..................................8 www.buschusa.com Delkor Systems ............................................................................................ 11 www.delkorsystems.com Eastey Enterprises ................................................................................... 39 www.eastey.com Harpak-ULMA Packaging LLC ................................................... 10 www.harpak-ulma.com Hitachi America, Ltd. .................................................................................2 www.hitachi-america.us/ice/inkjetprinters HP IPG Worldwide ..................................................................................... 40 www.hp.com/go/hpindigo20000 Kliklok-Woodman ..........................................................................................1 www.kliklokwoodman.com Leibinger ...................................................................................................................7 www.leibinger-group.com OEO Energy Solutions ..............................................................................5 www.oeo.com Overnight Labels,Inc. ................................................................................6 www.overnightlabels.com PakTech .................................................................................................................. 29 www.paktech-opi.com Primera Technology Inc. .......................................................................9 www.primeralabel.com SATO America ................................................................................................. 12 www.satoamerica.com/CL4NX Simplimatic Automation .......................................................................6 www.Simplimatic.com Tarsus Group Ltd. ...................................................................................... 21 www.labelexpo-americas.com xpedx.......................................................................................................................... 27 www.xpedx.com Yupo Corp. ................................................................................................17, 18 www.yupousa.com Zhongshan Multiweigh Packaging ..................................... 25 www.multiweigh.com.cn As packaging machine controls evolve, packaging engineers are able to create more cohesive, smoother-running packaging lines that are also more ef cient. Jef Harrow, senior consultant at Matrix Technologies Inc. (www.matrixti.com), outlines the benef ts packaging production operations can experience when they embrace open control systems, such as PackML. Matrix Technologies Inc. is a CSIA Certif ed control system integrator. T e Control System Integrators Assn. (CSIA / www.controlsys. org) is a global non-prof t professional organization that seeks to advance the industry of control system integration for the success of members and their clients. Harrow leads a team of experts in machine control, and MES (manufacturing execution systems) and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems to create standardized, reproducible control solutions for complex packaging processes. With more than 20 years of experience integrating high-speed packaging equipment for Fortune 500 clients in the food, beverage and consumer products industries, Harrow's focus extends beyond the plant f oor, developing powerful reporting and decision making tools for Operations Management. Contact him at jrharrow@matrixti.com. Q: What is the main trend in controls for packaging automation, and how is it af ecting/ improving packaging operations? Harrow: When discussing the future of high- speed, high-volume packaging rooms, it can be benef cial to understand where it started. Historically, packaging rooms have merely been a collection of highly specialized, though sometimes disparate, pieces of OEM equipment, each being controlled by a proprietary control system. T ese proprietary control systems are sometimes referred to as "Black-Box Systems" in that they are seldom accessible or manageable by the end user or the end user's System Integrator (SI). T ere is usually limited interfacing between these specialized machines, and it generally only consists of "Running" or "Not Running" interlocks that are implemented through hardwired I/O points between the machines, thus providing a simple cascaded startup and shutdown. Our clients, consisting mainly of end users, are starting to move toward creating "smarter" packaging rooms. One step in achieving these smarter rooms is to demand more open control systems from the OEM equipment suppliers to make their packaging rooms more f uid and ef cient. T is openness in these OEM-supplied systems is crucial to being able to integrate the equipment within a packaging room to a level in which a real- time model can be developed. Our clients are then leaning more heavily on their system integrators or OEMs to provide an overall supervisory control architecture. T is supervisory architecture should not be thought of as a separate controls hardware level, but more of a ground-up design methodology that provides both control and reporting at the procedural level of the standard PackML model. T ese supervisory control architectures can then be tasked with everything from overall packaging room coordination to product f ow control to real-time process scheduling based on available packaging equipment and assets—all the way through to direct and seamless integration into the plant and MES and SCADA systems. T is level of control can provide the end users with a real time and dynamic model of their packaging rooms and, subsequently, provide overall equipment ef ectiveness (OEE) measures. T ese OEEs are a measure of availability, performance and quality for each component within the room, as well as for each packaging line within the room. Q: What are the benef ts to packaging operations that embrace this change? Harrow: One benef t of this trend toward smarter packaging rooms for packaging operations is the ability to provide the supply chain with a clear and precise understanding of their operational capabilities. T ey are better positioned to commit to and deliver on the changing demands of the overall business model. T is will allow for more timely and accurate supply responses. Also, in the event yield and capacity suf er on a given packaging line, the root causes are no longer subjective. T e ability to determine a true and accurate OEE for all the equipment encompassed by the packaging room and the ability to pass that information through the correct model provides the end users with the objective data needed to identify and address bottlenecks, as well as accurately estimated potential returns associated with overcoming these bottlenecks. Providing this data is part of the overall packaging solution and provides packaging operations with a more focused and objective approach to continuous improvements and capital investments. Another benef t is the ability to feed accurate, real-time data back to the upstream process, which can be a tremendous asset, especially when a process can dynamically react to what particular packaging lines are under- or over-utilized. T ere is also the ability to feed this information up through MES and SCADA systems, as to particular packaging formats that may be a struggle at any given time. T is same information can also be passed to sales and customer service to make the sales and backorder processes more ef cient. Smarter packaging rooms start with 'start' ad index Company Name Page number Company Name Page number Company Name Page number Jeff Harrow ES419168_PD1404_038.pgs 04.01.2014 04:16 UBM black yellow magenta cyan

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