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August 2015


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Manufacturing and Engineering giants gather at NEC for PPMA Show 2015 29th September – 1st October, NEC, Birmingham


s growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector continues to accelerate, with manufacturers reporting a rise in sales and indicating plans for expansion , industry professionals are gearing up to visit the PPMA Show 2015, the UK’s premier, free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery – set to be the largest of its kind in recent years. Results from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Annual Barometer revealed that over 95 percent of manufacturers expect to maintain or increase their investment on machinery, premises and new technology, demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement and making the PPMA show the ideal place for processing and packaging professions to discover the latest technologies and product launches from across the UK’s manufacturing industries. Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, the show will run over three days (29th September – 1st October) and will be opened by Lord Digby Jones, former director General of the CBI and Trade and Investment Minister. With exhibitor space up by more than 20 percent compared to preparations for the 2014 show, this time last year, the event is quickly becoming the processing and packaging show that must be not be missed. “Having seen the event return to the sole ownership and management of the PPMA Group last year, we were absolutely delighted with how successful the show was,” said Grant Collier, head of marketing for the PPMA Group. “The event has always atmosphere associated with British manufacturing and provides an ideal meeting place for decision makers from across a range of industries 6 - Automation Update August 2015

to network with key manufacturers and distributions, all set against a back drop of innovation and industry expertise.”

Robotic and Industrial Vision zone showcases potential for automation New features to the 2015 exhibition include a Robotics and Industrial Vision zone which will showcase the latest inventive and quirky uses of robotic technology including robots that can dance, pour drinks and even play snooker. Highlighting just how robotics and industrial robotic arms were integrated into production lines, Rich Walker, Managing Director for the Shadow Robot company will demonstrate the ‘Moley robotic kitchen’ – capable of cooking chef quality meals using a normal kitchen. Walker will also speak as part of this year’s seminar line-up to reveal what robotics could hold for the future of food manufacturing.

“Robots are smarter than ever, They will be able to cope with a wider range of tasks and will be easier to modify to undertake new tasks,” explained Walker. “The use of robotics production lines that have as little as a six month payback period, because a versatile robot allows a manufacturer to redeploy the robot to multiple successive production lines. Robots will no longer be seen as instruments for speciality tasks – easily adapted, robots will be universally used across the food industry. I’m hoping to have with




identifying potential solutions to any problems they may have.”

Manufacturing skills gap under the spotlight

Justin King to take centre stage at seminar theatre

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Demonstrating the future trends in manufacturing Attendees




packaging and palletising tasks live



for Omron. “We are anticipating that

will once again have a dedicated eliminates




the bottle in a single clear image.





Imaging. sector. Visitors to the stand will be once again have a dedicated stand at the show where its team of specialists

Attendees can also pop along to speed robot with a long reach which

or join the conversation on twitter (@PPMAshow #PPMAShow or the 8 - Automation Update August 2015

Now for something completely different Ground-breaking smart encoders from ifm electronic New incremental encoders from ifm electronic truly break the mould: not only are they programmable, they have switched outputs for a pre-set count or speed but the real innovation is the builtin display of, for example, count or speed.

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Easy programming: setting the resolution and the many other functions is simply done using the intuitive pushbuttons on the encoder. Of course remote setting is also possible, and for this ifm electronic chose the IO-Link open standard, so the user is not tied to proprietary software but can instead use standard PLC’s or HMI’s because IO-Link is supported by major manufacturers. Stock reduction: machine builders and incremental encoder users can now select the housing they require, choosing 6mm or 10mm diameter solid shafts, or 12mm semi-hollow, and that is all they need to stock, programming the resolution as required. The smart encoders

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Mass Flow metering of compressed air and gases. Compressed air is the most expensive form of energy in production plants ! Many companies are not aware of the fact that the generation of compressed air can account for up to 2O % of their overall energy costs. Measurement of handling of expensive compressed air. Detailed knowledge of the actual energy costs.

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Dewpoint Monitoring of Compressed Air Reliable dewpoint monitoring also plays an important part in avoiding unnecessary costs from compressed air systems with a refrigeration dryer. The EE354 dew point transmitter from E+E Elektronik has been designed spaces. The measurement range of the EE354 is -20 to +50 Deg C Td, and the unit is pressure tight Analog outputs, or MODBUS RTU digital interface. Drying processes and air pressure pipelines can have a requirement for precise dew point measurement. More exact monitoring is increasingly requested in many industrial applications, and for these purposes the multifunctional EE35 user-friendly, housing concept. A specially developed autocalibration process enables measurements in a measurement range of -60...+60 degC Td with a Td measurement accuracy of for the two measurement values (Td, T). An optional hygrostat output, which can be set by means of a potentiometer, provides an alarm signal in a simple way when a threshold of the permitted dewpoint is exceeded. An optional display for the measurement values and the associated MIN/MAX values allows a quick overview of the current situation. Automation Update - 13 August 2015

Pacepacker launches FastPac line for high speed, versatile bulk bagging – PPMA Hall 5 Stand C50 Customer demand for faster, more-versatile bulk bagging has inspired Pacepacker Services to launch a new high-speed bagging line called FastPac. The company has chosen this year’s PPMA can help boost the number of bags packed per minute by up to 20%, offering a new top speed of 16-17 bpm. newly enhanced FastPac sack placer don’t end there. It can also





25kg and over. The added versatility and speed

control the unit’s motors and match their speed precisely. Faster speeds and bigger throughputs make accurate weighing more essential than ever in order to reduce giveaway, so Pacepacker is also its allegiance with Dutch weighing

and contract packers alike. Sack and position them ready to be held machines rely on suction cups to pick up the bags, but that rules out such as hessian and net. The newly enhanced sack placer has an option so it can handle porous materials in addition to paper and plastics. also manoeuvre the sacks in a picking them up by the bottom and

This ensures that bags which have a tendency to stick together can be With this in mind, Pacepacker Services is also upgrading other bagging steps to optimise the instance, the company can already 14 - Automation Update August 2015

The rewards associated with greater accuracy vary widely depending on the application. However, in one

Pacepacker potato packing line helped the client reduce giveaway sack. “Our new FastPac range opens up bulk bagging operations that have traditionally remained manual or standard sacks to enable the use

Targeting bulk handlers Pacepacker will launch the

depend on the other steps in the packing agricultural products that are netted, like seed potatoes, carrots and the products being packed. onions to those bagged in hessian

OMRON ROBOTS AUTOMATE SWAB MANUFACTURE To eliminate tedious manual handling in the manufacturing process for water-testing swabs,

The swabs, which are manufactured by one of the world’s leading healthcare suppliers, resemble cotton buds

When the tray is full – a process that now takes just eight minutes compared with the 30 minutes or more

A touch screen operator interface unit is utilised to display real time performance information, and also allows access to historical operational sophisticated engineering diagnostics and programming

performance of the new system was carefully

a handling system that didn’t use robots for this

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TAMPER RESISTANT PACKAGING PPMA Show set to demonstrate latest anti-counterfeit and tamper resistant packaging for pharmaceutical professionals The organisers of the PPMA show, the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery, have announced details of the latest packaging and processing solutions set to be revealed at the show in September for professionals in the pharmaceutical industry. Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, the show runs over three days (29th September – 1st October), and will see more than 300 exhibitors display the latest technologies and product launches from across the UK’s manufacturing industries. Featuring live machinery demonstrations and strong seminar content with insights from industry leaders, professionals in the pharmaceutical industries can gain insight into new product innovations from RAUPACK’s (stand J24) latest counting and bottle solutions, Conveyor Systems’ (stand D12) conveying solutions for the packing of pharmaceutical canisters or Excel Packaging Machinery’s (stand D40) for the pharmaceutical, toiletries and cosmetics industries. Also on show at the NEC in September, Atwell Self-Adhesive Labellers, Excel Packaging Machinery, Holmach and Ilpra (UK) will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss their latest product innovations alongside Farleygreene, suppliers of sieving and separation machinery, experts in lifting and power handling solutions. Palamatic Limited and Kecol Pumping Systems. 18 - Automation Update August 2015

Anti-counterfeit and tamperresistant packaging key to consumer safety Visitors can also join a wide industry to discuss key topics facing pharmaceutical professionals in the packaging and processing industries. Confirmed speakers include Andrew Love, Vice President at Be4ward Ltd, who will discuss the latest developments, technologies and strategies in pharmaceutical anti-counterfeit and tamper-resistant packaging. Andrew will also provide insight into how these packaging materials can be used to counter the threat posed to consumers by the counterfeit drugs black market. Also taking to the stage will be Chris Hurst, who has worked with the GSK group of companies for over 30 years. Chris will explore how overall

analyse and improve production processes in many sectors for decades and now the pharmaceutical sector is catching up. Chris will be on hand to advise visitors on how to set OEE targets as well as systematically improving on site processes using easy-to-obtain measurements. Spotlight on the manufacturing skills gap With the PPMA Group committed

current manufacturing skills gap experienced by the processing and packaging industries, this year’s Seminar Theatre will also part of the PPMA Best initiative, a new charitable trust aimed at recruiting more young people in the industry. It will also see the return of the Ones to Watch Award which recognises the contributions of processing and packaging professionals under the age of 35. Sponsored by Festo, the Ones to Watch awards are chosen by a select group from the PPMA Group Industry awards judging panel, with colleagues being urged to nominate outstanding candidates The show will also welcome back last year’s headline sponsor, Lloyds Bank, who will be on hand

those companies operating in the manufacturing sector. Lloyds Bank has pledged to lend an additional £1bn each year until 2017 to the manufacturing sector. The bank is also behind the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s new training hub, which is due to launch in September, and will support 1,000 new apprentices in high-value manufacturing roles. For more information on the PPMA Show 2015, please visit f or join the conversation on twitter (@PPMAshow #PPMA15) or the PPMA Show LinkedIn group.

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