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The new filling machines from SIG now come with industry-standard OPC Unified Architecture connectivity built in as part of its ongoing efforts to drive greater flexibility in food and beverage manufacturing. This enables horizontal machine-to-machine and vertical communication within the entire production plant – from shop floor to top floor.The data exchange standard helps for secure, reliable and platform-independent industrial communications, helping to drive smart, connected and fully integrated systems.

In addition to this built-in offering, all existing filling machines can also now be retrofitted with a simple plug-and-play installation providing OPC-UA connectivity. It is delivered through the Connector Module of SIG’s Plant 360 Controller solution. This advanced monitoring and control solution was designed to optimise every part of food and beverage production by gradually integrating all plant processes and systems into one platform, no matter what equipment, supplier or PLC is used.

“SIG is committed to driving maximum connectivity and integration within our customers’ digital factories. And to enable this, all our new filling machines, as well as automatic magazines and downstream solutions, are using industry-standard OPC Unified Architecture, meaning that connectivity is simply built in from the start.”

– Stefan Mergel, Senior Product Manager Equipment

Having this connectivity either built in or retrofitted on the systems gives food and beverage manufacturers the greatest possible freedom and flexibility when choosing their other manufacturing components and technology partners. This ultimately means that customer can configure a digital factory based precisely on their needs and demands.

For manufacturers, flexibility in their operations has become an increasingly critical issue. With growing industry demands, rapidly changing consumer trends, and the ongoing challenge of COVID-19, manufacturers are seeking to make their production lines more flexible, individualised and agile to handle periods of higher outputs and faster product changes, while also driving down costs. As a result of this, many are looking to IoT-enabled systems, data and automation solutions to turn their filling plants into intelligent and connected factories. Mergel continues:

“Food and beverage production is rapidly changing and becoming more demanding than ever. Filling plants are operating on an unprecedented level with higher demands, growing competition, and ever-shorter production cycles – even more so due to COVID-19. Now is the time for companies to step up their digital transformation and ensure they can be more resilient, productive and agile in their future operations.”

Enabling this connectivity within its filling machines, systems and components is another aspect of the solution-driven Smart Factory platform – a drive to deliver IoT-enabled systems and technical services that transform filling plants into connected factories that secure the highest possible efficiency, flexibility and quality for customers.

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Two Live-Webinars from Domino
Labelling solutions for serialization requirements

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Future-oriented manufacturing processes are key to maintain competitive advantages. Domino is a global provider of future-proof coding, marking and labelling systems, who supports manufacturing companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in selecting the appropriate technologies to be compliant.

In order to implement industry-specific requirements, Domino’s products are used to code traceability and regulatory information on primary, secondary and tertiary packaging. The industries they serve include life sciences – in particular medical devices and pharmaceuticals –, tobacco, personal care and fast moving consumer goods. To touch base with latest legal requirements such as product-level serialisation and the Russian cryptocode, Domino organizes two Live-Webinars with Volker Watzke and Bart Vansteenkiste – experts in latest coding and marking trends. Both Webinars will be in english.

 

Join the first Live-Webinar: Go digital – Digital printing as future-proof solution for pharmaceutical manufacturers

With Volker Watzke, EU Medical Devices Sector Manager at Domino

Date: May 18, 2021

Time: 14:00 BST

Duration: 30 minutes

Topic: Over the last couple of years serialisation at pack level has become a global requirement in the pharmaceutical industry. In the future, serialisation of individual pockets of a blister pack will become the new standard, in order to further enhance patient safety and reduce medical errors. In his Live-Webinar Volker Watzke, EU Medical Devices Sector Manager at Domino Printing Sciences, will showcase how pharmaceutical applications can benefit from digital printing technologies, in terms of cost savings and increased efficiency. He will further discuss why digital printing technologies offer a competitive advantage in helping you react more easily to future legislative changes.

 

Volker Watzke

“In pharmaceutical manufacturing, code quality and legibilityare of key importance. Hence flexible supply chains are beginning to play a much greater role in pharmaceutical manufacturing. State-of-the-art technology is a necessary investment to keep up with future legislation and market trends.”

 

 

Join the second Live-Webinar: Russian cryptocode legislation & its impact on industries

With Bart Vansteenkiste, Global Sector Manager – Life Sciences at Domino

Date: May 19, 2021

Time: 9:00 BST

Duration: 30 minutes

Topic: In this webinar, Domino will share their experience in the pharmaceutical sector by discussing the new Russian track and trace system CHESTNY ZNAK. It will highlight the challenges of printing larger scale 2D data matrix codes without disrupting the production line speed or efficiency. This presentation will also provide an overview of the next steps in the roll out of the Russian governments legislation, specifically looking at other consumer goods and sectors that will soon have to comply. Consequently, this webinar is not just for those from the life sciences sector, but for any manufacturer that is, or will soon be, confronted with these new requirements.

 

Bart Vansteenkiste

“Since 1st July 2020, certain items that are sold in Russia and goods that are imported into the Russian market, require a special cryptocode. One of the biggest challenges is the complexity and  size of the 2D code itself. Consequently, redesigning packaging and reduceding line speeds are often the result. However, we at Domino are here to help, so challenge us!”

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Cooperation for sustainable investment

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KHS and Martens are continuing their joint strategy for reducing packaging material. Just last year the traditional Belgian brewery invested in an Innopack Nature MultiPack machine which uses adhesive dots to join PET bottles into stable packs. Now the group is planning to purchase a second NMP machine, which processes cans, from KHS. Thanks to the expansion the brewery will have greater flexibility to meet the market’s growing demand for environmentally friendly packaging. The NMP project is just one example of the Dortmund-based full-range supplier’s steadily growing portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions.

Since 2020 the company has been relying on the material-saving Nature MultiPack from KHS. Together the long-standing partners implemented film-free six-packs made of PET bottles for the retail trade. The response to the alternative to classic shrink film has been very positive:

 

“We were able to convince both our customers and consumers. The high demand shows that environmentally friendly packaging is in high demand.”

– Jan Martens, Brewery Manager

 

Into new markets with Nature MultiPack

Thanks to the new line, the Belgian beer producer will in future be able to process not only PET bottles but also cans into stable yet easily separable packs. This eliminates the need for shrink film or cardboard packaging and reduces material consumption by up to 90 percent. “This benefits both consumers and the environment,” says the brewery boss.

While the brewery produces at an output of up to 54,000 containers per hour, which is sufficient for them, KHS now also offers the Innopack NatureMultiPack machine for the high-performance range. This further developed variant enables up to 90,000 containers per hour – and even up to 108,000 if the capacity is exceeded.

This should make it possible to penetrate new markets. “Retailers are increasingly looking for environmentally friendly packaging options. I am very confident that our resource-saving Nature MultiPack solutions will meet with great interest,” predicts the brewery boss. Now his brewery has the necessary flexibility to meet the current needs of the trade in the best possible way.

 

Secondary packaging: KHS offers an extensive portfolio

The Nature MultiPack is just one example of the continuously increasing variety of sustainable and forward-looking secondary packaging from KHS. The Dortmund-based full-range supplier pursues a clear strategy of taking a holistic view, as Sören Storbeck, Global Product Account Manager Packaging at KHS, explains, “Our overriding aim Page 3 of 6 is to meet every need of our customers in the best possible way. We therefore rely on a comprehensive portfolio of line and packaging solutions, as well as on our global service network, which is available to our customers around the clock.”

The line manufacturer’s latest innovations include the Innopack Kisters Wraparound Shrink Paper Packer (WSPP A), which can pack cans either in paper, cardboard or film. This variety is made possible by the modular design of all Innopack Kisters machines. This allows existing models to be quickly and flexibly retrofitted with additional paper functionality. With its combination of different process modules, a WSPP A, for example, can process three different types of secondary packaging: the wraparound carton, the tray, and the pad, which can be wrapped either in paper or shrink film. As of now, it is also possible to process film made from 100 percent recyclate on Innopack Kisters machines – without any loss of quality or performance.

Another pioneering packaging alternative can be produced with the new Innopack Kisters CNP (Carton Nature Packer). This high-performance, flexible packer uses corrugated cardboard and solid board tops to join cans together to form rigid packs. KHS’ development spirit doesn’t stop there, however: “We’re striving for even more efficient and sustainable solutions – whether in the field of primary, secondary, or tertiary packaging,” says Storbeck. “Together with our customers and partners we’re constantly working on conserving even more resources and further strengthening the recycling loop.”

 

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3D layouts underline line competence

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SOMIC develops and produces sophisticated secondary and end-of-line packaging equipment. Its machines ensure that the goods of leading companies in the food, pet food, and pharmaceutical sectors are stackable, transportable, storable, and easy to handle at retail. Customers particularly appreciate the high level of line expertise: the company’s experts have a comprehensive understanding of how their machines can be integrated into production lines and spatial conditions.

The combination of performance and functional requirements, technical specifications and structural conditions is the essential factor in the quotation process. This not only results in the specifications of the machines – rather, the Group must also always find individual solutions for the plant layouts. Until now, these layout plans were implemented in a 2D drawing program as a plan view and then reproduced as a 3D layout in the Solidworks CAD system for the final order presentation to the customer – a time-consuming procedure that was prone to errors due to the multiple media discontinuities.

SOMIC turned to the Lino team to establish consistent, automated quotation processes that would lead to attractive order documents that were meaningful to everyone much more quickly. Their software Lino 3D layout for 3D layout planning and Tacton Design Automation for rule-based configuration are integrated into Solidworks – and ensure a quality leap there without media breaks: For example, all systems access a central data basis for machines and components. In this way, the set of rules prevents technically problematic variants, and modified models are automatically available to all future layouts.

In addition, Lino 3D layout reports immediately if dimensions do not match or structural collisions occur. SOMIC now clarifies whether plant layouts can be reliably implemented at a very early stage of the quotation process. In addition, Lino 3D layout significantly speeds up the layout planning process, because the employees insert objects into the layout using drag-and-drop – where they land directly at the correct interface thanks to snap technology.

As a result, they receive comprehensible layouts that illustrate all the necessary details from different perspectives. As an interactive presentation with realistic colors, surfaces and logos, they are a great asset for SOMIC when talking to customers.

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