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GN 9153
Electronic position indicators with radio data transmission

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Otto Ganter Electronic position indicators with radio data transmission

EN  9153 digital position indicators with data transmission via radio frequency are particularly suited for frequent format adjustments and can be mounted quickly and easily. They are connected to the EN  9150 control unit by radio frequency as a wireless system for quick positioning.

EN 9150 control units are required for the system to function. They form the interface between the position indicator and the machine control. A target position value is sent by the machine control to the control unit, which transmits this via radio frequency to the position indicator. The position indicator signals its current position value back to the control unit.

In combination with the machine control, this makes it possible to ensure that the production cycle does not start when the position set on the position indicator is incorrect, which can prevent errors in the production process.

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Measurement, Instrumentation, Control & Automation Mechanical & Thermal Processes

New gas coolers eliminate thermal problems

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The removal of moisture is an essential step in extractive sample gas conditioning systems. However, this process generates excessive heat inside the cabinets and thus very often requires additional efforts like air conditioning.

The new gas cooler series TC- kit (+) from Bühler Technologies eliminates these extra efforts. Peltier elements as temperature transmitter are the middle part of a sandwich consisting of a heat sink with integrated fan forming the outer part and a cooling block with exchangeable heat exchangers and the attached electrical terminals as the inner part. For the installation a cut out has to be made at the appropriate side wall of the cabinet.

With the heat sink geometrically larger as the internal parts, the unit slides into the cut out and finally is attached to the outside wall of the cabinet and sealed by a gasket. The electrical leads and the sample gas lines are kept inside the cabinet whereas the thermal load is dissipating to the ambient keeping the inside of the cabinet considerably cooler.

The protection class of the mounted unit is IP 54.

The TC Kit (+) requires 24VDC as power supply. As an option an extension unit for 115/ 230V AC supply is available and will be saddled directly to the basic unit. This extension also provides all neccessary connections to auxilliary units like sample gas and condensate pumps as well as moisture detectors and heated sample lines.

The operation parameters and alarm settings are programmable by a remote controller with digital display. This controller can be installed at an appropriate place inside the conditioning cabinet. The TC Kit+ version comprises special heat exchangers with minimised wash out effect as required by EN 15267-4 suitable for automated emission monitoring (AMS) systems.

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Conveying & Filling, Packaging, Labeling & Storage Measurement, Instrumentation, Control & Automation

Sustainability is key
Syntegon wins German Packaging Award 2020

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The German Packaging Institute (“dvi – Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V.”) has honored Syntegon Technology, formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, with the German Packaging Award in the category “Packaging Machines”: the compact TPU1000 form, fill and seal system convinced the jury with its wide range of possibilities for innovative, sustainable portion packs made of fiber-based material. The German Packaging Award 2020 underlines Syntegon’s focus on sustainable and intelligent technologies.

Every year, the German Packaging Institute dvi honors groundbreaking packaging ideas and machines in a contest that encompasses all industries and packaging materials. This year, one of the coveted prizes went to the TPU1000 paper forming machine from Syntegon. According to the jury, the form, fill and seal machine for paper-based packaging material paves the way for new, sustainable packaging solutions that meet the trends towards replacing petrochemical plastics and individualization. “The TPU offers brand owners with high demands on sustainability and aesthetics completely new packaging options for food, cosmetics and non-food products,” says Matthias Klauser, sustainability expert at Syntegon Technology. “We are therefore all the more pleased that the dvi recognizes our innovation and sustainability efforts.”

The module-based TPU1000 forms environmentally friendly “Shaped Paper Pods” with a filling volume of ten to 100 milliliters, which are suitable for single-portion packs and small-format products that are normally packaged in blisters. The material fed from the paper roll is formed into the desired shape at a speed of up to 15,000 packages per hour. This enables high quality packaging designs and embossing for a variety of products and filling techniques.

“In combination with BillerudKorsnäs’ 3D formable FibreForm® paper, the TPU1000 produces unique packaging with a special feel that meets both brand manufacturers’ needs for an individual look and feel and their sustainability efforts,” says Klauser. FibreForm® allows for up to ten times deeper embossing than regular paper. This results in unique 3D effects that differ from existing packaging solutions on the market. Various types of barrier layers can be applied to ensure the necessary protection of the respective product. The jury of the German Packaging Award praised the innovative material: “This highly stretchable paper allows wrinkle-free processing from a roll and a detailed reproduction of small embossing elements.”

Since 1963, the German Packaging Institute dvi has presented the German Packaging Award in several categories. The international competition takes place annually under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy. 2020, entries from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Denmark were evaluated in a total of ten categories. The focus of this year’s competition was on the highly topical issues of sustainability and digitalization.

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