Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Consistent automation solutions for packaging lines

10.04.2008
At Interpack 2008, Siemens Drive Technologies is exhibiting integrated drive and automation concepts with standardized communication solutions for packaging machines and packaging lines.

For handling modules, Siemens is presenting the path interpolation integrated in the Simotion Motion Control System in conjunction with the Simatic Visionscape machine vision system. As well as this, concepts such as the Optimized Packaging Line (OPL) for the integrated automation of packaging lines will also be on show.


Shortening the time to market, reducing the engineering outlay and uninterrupted traceability of products in the packaging process: these are what both machine manufacturers and machine users in the packaging industry demand of an innovative automation system. At Interpack 2008 in Düsseldorf, Siemens is exhibiting concepts and innovative solutions for automation systems on the basis of the Simotion motion control system. These solutions make it easier to integrate packaging machines into the line and reduce the amount of computing power required internally.

The simulation of entire machines and production sequences considerably shortens the prototype phase for the machine manufacturer and thus reduces the time to market maturity. Through the use of services such as Mechatronic Support from Siemens Drive Technologies, the drive system of a machine, for example, can be optimized much earlier, in the design phase. Comprehensive simulation tools also serve to simplify commissioning, and can be used for operator training. The solutions comply with the requirements of OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group) or the Weihenstephan standards.
As a result they simplify line integration and the exchange of data between the machines. For users of packaging machines in particular, consistent, integrated communication together with linking to MES solutions on the basis of Simatic IT present the opportunity to reduce lifecycle costs for their machines and raise cost effectiveness. The link to MES solutions also helps to satisfy requirements relating to product tracing and product management such as those imposed by the pharmaceutical industry.

The Optimized Packaging Line (OPL) concept supports the end-to-end automation of packaging machines and lines. This reduces the time to market while at the same time lowering the cost of engineering and commissioning. For the integration of handling modules into advanced production and packaging machines, Siemens is exhibiting the “path interpolation” technology object at Interpack 2008, a software solution that is integrated into the Simotion control system and which renders the cyclical calculation of cam disks superfluous, thus increasing the performance capability of machines. This software solution replaces the complex calculation of the cam disk function in the motion control system that has been required up to now and yields higher levels of productivity, especially when used for machines with a high degree of automation and short cycle times.

As a rule, the various products passing through the packaging process arrive in the handling module unsorted. Machine Vision systems are used to determine the position of the individual products on the infeed section. Simatic Visionscape from Siemens is an image processing system that can easily be combined with the Simotion controller via Ethernet. The vision system sends telegrams with the data of the identified products to the Simotion and at the same time makes the data available to the user program.

Volker M. Banholzer | Siemens Industry Automation
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com

More articles from Machine Engineering:

nachricht PRESTO – Highly Dynamic Powerhouses
15.05.2017 | JULABO GmbH

nachricht Making lightweight construction suitable for series production
24.04.2017 | Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.

All articles from Machine Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity

An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator?

23.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL

23.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Equipping form with function

23.06.2017 | Information Technology

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>