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Optimise costs, increase efficiency

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Energy saving IE4 synchronous motors from Nord are highly efficient and meet the most stringent energy regulations, which ensures significant cost savings in the sense of TCO. Picture: Nord Drivesystems
Energy saving IE4 synchronous motors from Nord are highly efficient and meet the most stringent energy regulations, which ensures significant cost savings in the sense of TCO. (Picture: Nord Drivesystems)

The “life cycle costs” of drive solutions include all of the costs which are incurred, from purchase and commissioning, use and maintenance, up to disposal. To optimise the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Nord Drivesystems offers individual TCO calculations, integrated concepts for costs and efficiency optimisation as well as powerful and efficient drive technology.

Procurement, management, transportation and installation, environmental and disposal costs only account for a part of the costs for plant and machinery. Operating costs such as energy, operating materials, operation and software, storage, as well as repair and maintenance costs must also be considered. The total costs which a product generates over the course of its life cycle can be calculated with the aid of a TCO calculation. Among other things, this enables to savings and the payback time to be determined.

To optimise the TCO, the company supplies drive solutions which considerably reduce operating costs. Here, the focus is on an integrated approach. This includes reduction of the number of versions with the aid of the Nord modular system, reduction of energy consumption through the use of efficient IE4 synchronous motors, long service life and low maintenance Nord drive units.

Drive systems count as the main consumers of energy in industry. Therefore, energy consumption provides the greatest leverage for reducing the TCO. Energy saving IE4 synchronous motors from the company are highly efficient and meet the most stringent energy regulations – and thanks to PMSM technology, also in the partial load and speed ranges. This enables significant cost savings.

The second largest factor for reducing costs is the deliberate reduction of the number of versions. This minimises administrative expenses, and enables leaner manufacturing, logistics, storage and service processes. The necessary basic versions which are required in order to reduce the total number of versions can be selected from the extensive Nord modular system.

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Silage Wrap Stretch Film Capability
Coveris further expands

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Coveris Further Expands Silage Wrap Stretch Film Capability
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Building on its longstanding expertise of more than 35 years as a leading supplier of stretch films, Coveris now expands its capacities and further invests in its Kufstein plant. Following on from the recently announced major investment programme in Winsford UK, the second phase of this programme is now launched which expands and upgrades the technical capabilities in Kufstein, Austria through investment in a 5-layer specialist Agri Extrusion line.

The Winsford UK investment in new generation extrusion and pre-stretch assets creates a dedicated UK cell for stretch film production, expanding its industrial capacity and extending its capability to manufacture agricultural stretch film applications in the UK.

The 5-layer extrusion investment in Kufstein significantly enhances its position as Centre of Excellence for Agri production and will allow Coveris to extend its product range to include additional premium quality silage films for high speed wrappers and challenging bale sizes. The new equipment will be installed and commissioned during quarter two 2020, and together with the Winsford investment increases Coveris silage wrap capacity to ~30k tons.

“This investment of 5-layer extrusion capability into Kufstein is an exciting development for Coveris as we seek to significantly expand our offering within the Global Agri films market. We now have Agri manufacturing centres in both Austria and the UK, allowing us to offer our clients a wider service proposition to add to our outstanding product and technical know-how built up over many years. Our reputation for high quality products can now be enhanced further through accelerated product development and innovation”, comments Martin Davis, President Business Unit Films on the Agri investment programme.

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Easy machine validation
Guided safety acceptance test for frequency converters

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Siemens Guided safety acceptance test for Sinamics frequency converters for easy machine validation

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With Sinamics Startdrive commissioning software, Siemens supports machine builders in the validation of safety functions for Sinamics frequency converters with a guided acceptance test. With Sinamics Startdrive, Siemens offers a tool for the integration of drive hardware into the TIA Portal engineering framework. The integrated guided acceptance test for safety functions is available for Sinamics G and S series frequency converters and complies with EN ISO 13849-2 and IEC 62061.

The safety acceptance test is extremely user-friendly. A wizard guides the user step by step through the acceptance process and checks whether the safety functions have been parameterized correctly and executed correctly in the relevant application. For documentation purposes, a standard-compliant acceptance report is then created automatically. With the safety acceptance test integrated in Sinamics Startdrive, Siemens helps machine builders to carry out the legally required validation of safety functions easily and safely.

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Deliberately produces creases
Unique labeller for unique containers

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Patented solution for affixing the foil: a servomotor turns the bottles, while linear motors press the foil onto the containers with the aid of sponges. (Picture: Krones)
Patented solution for affixing the foil: a servomotor turns the bottles, while linear motors press the foil onto the containers with the aid of sponges. (Picture: Krones)

A label with creases, and a labeller that deliberately produces these creases – what for most beverage producers is a no-no was one of the paramount requirements of Mozart Distillerie in Salzburg. A look at the container’s shape explains the paradox: the liqueur bottles are spherical, to connote the world-famous “Mozart-Kugel”. The label, made of aluminium-coated paper foil, is required to fit snugly round the container – and to look as if it had been applied by hand.

Hitherto, Mozart Distillerie had been using what is meanwhile a 30-year-old labeller from a customised-machine manufacturer, which Plant Manager Friedrich Guggenberger had progressively individualised over the course of time with numerous design enhancements of his own. But the output no longer sufficed – and Mozart Distillerie was looking for a partner to jointly develop a new machine.

Numerous customisation features combined

Because Krones’ corporate roots, of course, originate in labelling technology, the firm accepted the challenge – and combined the long years of practical experience and visions contributed by Friedrich Guggenberger and his team with the technical expertise of Krones’ own labelling specialists. And the results are truly impressive: a combination of features for precise container positioning, several inspection systems, and a multiplicity of technological customisation improvements ensure that Mozart Distillerie’s requirements are translated into engineered reality. For labelling, Krones is for the first time deploying a combination of one cold-glue and one wrap-around Contiroll labelling station, and pressure-sensitive body labels are applied to a sloping area. For affixing the foil, Krones developed a patented combination of a servomotor that turns the bottles, and linear motors that in twelve press-on operations use sponges to carefully press the foil onto the containers.

In order to ensure that the closure cap is correctly positioned as well, Krones has specially developed a guide rail that uses the sloping label area as an orientation reference point. These rails can be re-adjusted with only a few manipulations, so that all six sizes – from the small 50-millilitre to the large one-litre bottle – can be handled with the same system.

The new line is currently dressing around 5,000 bottles per hour, with an option for increasing the output to as much as 9,000 bph. It embodies two antithetical characteristics: the technology is fully automated to the latest state of the art, while the results, by contrast, reflect Mozart Distillerie’s craft philosophy.

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