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PROCESS AUTOMATION REDESIGN


reduce the amount of plastic being used and their composition, it’s important to ask what effects changes like these might have on the integrity, colour or shape of the item: How are processes affected and how can automation be best used to check the characteristics? As well as the process of creating the container, that requires close temperature control combined with the physical action like pressure, a key task is the inspection of the container to ensure its integrity. Ensuring no defective items enter the marketplace requires high-performance vision systems, with the necessary tools to detect such issues as microholes in plastics. 3. Winding: Close monitoring and control of


film –With changes in material composition, it’s essential to analyse if machines such as flow wrappers still maintain throughput and tension control without affecting the output or quality of the end product. Only by close monitoring and control of the film, will a product be made that meets the specification, avoiding wrinkles and stretching which can negatively impacting downstream processes.


The focus on plastic waste polluting the sea has


increased in recent years, but what’s the alternative?


4. Wrapping:


Temperature and motion control –Material changes can affect also performance: Are integrity and stability still guaranteed when wrapping, for example? An application is required that guarantees close control of temperature and movement, maintains tension and ensures that a secondary or tertiary packaging is wrapped correctly. 5. Handling: Seamless communication between systems – When reducing packaging, producers must determine whether handling workflows supported by sorting or pick-and-place solutions are accurate and easy to repeat. A key aspect of handling is being able to “see” the products that enter the packaging area, as well as fast communication between the image processing system, the conveyor belt and the robot. In addition, the robot’s configuration may need to be changed to accommodate new film materials.


6. Closing: High-resolution servos are key –


Weight reduction can change the size and shape of containers, which can also affect the sealing process and other related workflows. Additionally, forces and torques can lead to scrap or production failures. Many sealing techniques rely on servo control. High- resolution servos connected via a machine network like EtherCAT are therefore essential. With its comprehensive and integrated


automation technology platform, accompanied by a range of services available worldwide, OMRON offers a tailored range of solutions to support all of these challenges.


Omron Industrial Automation www.industrial.omron.co.uk


Intuitive Temperature Controller Enhances the User Experience


• Intuitive menu flow


• Bluetooth® connectivity with EZ-LINK™ mobile app for remote access capability


• Load exactly the right settings every time


• Supply updated settings to customers quickly and accurately


• Access settings in hard to reach controllers Powered by Possibility Contact your local Watlow representative or visit www.watlow.com to find out more PC-DEC20-WATLOW.indd 1 18/01/2021 09:30 JULY/AUGUST 2021 | PROCESS & CONTROL 41 ®


Improved User Interface


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