Your automation partner in packaging

If you manufacture packaging machines and want to increase your profitability, then we can help: with a complete range of services and products designed to increase your machine’s speed, versatility, performance and safety.

Although some of these packaging machine solutions are highly advanced, they are also proven to be extremely reliable, to maximise your customers’ loyalty.

Use our knowledge as a specialist automation partner to develop a new machine or upgrade an existing model.

How can we support you?
Packaging segments

Your speciality – our specific expertise

Are you a specialist in bottling? Or perhaps you focus on snack foods? Do you manufacture primary packaging machines or do you offer secondary and final packaging machines as well? Whatever your speciality, we can discuss with you about increasing your profitability in packaging in any of the following sectors:

  • Bakery & biscuits
  • Beverages (alcoholic, non-alcoholic, dairy, oil &CSD)
  • Confectionary
  • Cosmetics & healthcare
  • Dry food & snacks
  • Fresh food
  • Homecare & other
  • Liquid & canned food
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Ready meals

Manufacturing

Quality

Even before the end-product is wrapped, canned, bottled or bagged, many packaging machine builders take time to consider their customers operations from start to finish.

The repeatability of operations with high productivity and high quality standards is a daily challenge.

That’s why Omron offers a wide product portfolio adapted to recipe-driven batch production, this requires technologies such as high-speed, high-resolution multi-loop regulation control, high-speed data processing and storage as well as seamless vision-based quality inspection.

Primary

Speed

Speed is the main challenge here. But there is also a need for

  • product batch size independence
  • easy-to-clean and easy-to-operate machines
  • maintaining hygiene standards.
Omron solutions for primary packaging increase both the speed and the flexibility of your primary packaging machines – thanks to our new leading-edge controller, which combines the latest real-time Ethernet fieldbus technology, EtherCAT, with our “One Software Environment” concept.

This unique combination empowers you to phase-out conventional mechanical systems, and replace them with highly versatile Delta-robot and vision systems.

Secondary

Flexibility

The key challenges here are:

  • to match the production speeds of the primary packaging
  • to ensure individual pack or multi-pack integrity
  • to ensure easy adaptation of linear guides to convey both primary and secondary packages.

Omron solutions help you build more flexibility into your machines. We can provide the latest robotics and vision systems to help create, for example, robotic cartoners that pick and load 12 products simultaneously, using a pack pattern of either one, two or three layers.

With a set-up like this, increasing the speed is simply a question of increasing the number of products picked per operation.

Final

Robustness

The main challenge here is to ensure that high loads can be reliably handled at continuous high cycle frequencies.

Omron solutions include a wide range of highly robust electromechanical linear axes. Ready-to-install linear modules with different drive variants and turn/gripper modules complete the fully equipped handling modules.

The ability to use electric actuators in any combination also increases the versatility for cost-effective adaptations.

Examples of our automation solutions

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Horizontal Form, Fill and Seal

In an HFFS machine a flexible web/foil is unwind, the packs shaped and then sealed on 2 sides, optionally the bottom too. After filled vertically with product, the top side is then sealed to closed the pack. Optionally before the final seal is made, a spout can be added. This all happens with the flexible packaging material moving horizontally, but with the pack orientation still vertical. The picture below shows an intermediate operating, cam driven machine. Also continues machines exist, with these the sections 4 till 6 are often in a carousel set-up.

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Cardboard sleeve cartoner

A cardboard is removed from the magazine via a rotary feeder and transported in a single lane via a lug belt conveyor up to the receiving position of the pick & place system. The article groups are picked by two independently working robots and stacked onto the cardboards.

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Palletiser gantry robot

Gantry robot palletisers are linear, cartesian (XYZ) coordinated robots for pick and place applications. The axes slide linearly in relation to each other, rather than rotate as with a robotic arm.

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Vision-guided robotic loading cell or assortment packer

The machine comprises a robot mounted on a frame which overlaps two feeding conveyors running in parallel. One conveyor is feeding the products and another the cartons. The robot picks the products randomly moving on the conveyor belt and places them into the moving cartons. The instantaneous location of moving products is computed by the vision system acquiring images from a stationary camera. Meanwhile a registration sensor is used to track the position of the cartons. This is the accurate tracking of both conveyors which enables the robot to pick and place products from one running conveyor to another.

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High speed linear shrink sleeve applicator

Shrink sleeve labels are supplied from a roll in the form of a continuous web, unlabeled bottles are transported via an infeed conveyor and then metered via a rotating feedscrew. While the bottles enter the labeler moving past a trigger cell, the labels in web form are opened and formed into a tube by a mandrel, fed and cut in precise registration with a printed graphic, applied to a bottle which is then conveyed up to a steam tunnel.

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Customer references

From compound to tube, in any format

From compound to tube, in any format!

Read how Omron PLCs and touchscreens are at the heart of solutions developed by Axomatic to produce and package, all types of creams, gels and emulsions.

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Keep an eye on the expiry date!

A state-of-the-art packaging machine that is compact, reliable, full of innovative features and whose parts are all easily accessible. Read about the features of the new line of stick packaging machines, designed by Omag in collaboration with Omron for the manufacture of Dompé's drug, "Okitask".

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Serialization realized for pharma producers, re-packers and CMO's

Pharmaceutical contract manufacturer

How did a contract manufacturer supply 1,000,000 serialized packages for multiple pharmaceutical customers with varying standards and procedures… and within a network of multiple production sites, contract manufacturers, re-packers and other service providers – and all according to the expected EU regulations to centrally register all the unique codes?

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Omron helps Line Equipment develop more advanced packaging machines

Helping Line Equipment to develop more advanced machines

Watch the interview to see how, with our support, the implementation of our software and hardware solutions into their machines has enabled Line Equipment to bring more advanced products to market.

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White papers

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Integrated Safety Solutions

Industrial automation processes, as well as the machines, are becoming increasingly dynamic. The need to increase productivity, flexibility, ergonomics and safety has become indispensable. This white paper describes how the Omron Sysmac Safety solution enables you to meet all possible safety scenarios and requirements.

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Applications

Expert articles

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The future of intuitive robotics and configurable modular packaging line

Sustaining long table tennis rallies with its human opponent, our Ping-Pong robot consistently returns the ball to a spot and at a velocity that makes it easy for the opponent to hit back. The robot is able to do that because it is not simply reacting as it sees the ball, but it is instead forecasting the ball trajectory and velocity of the ball based on data on both the position of the ball and the opponent’s physical movement.

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Technology helps machine builders offer improved availability

The ongoing pursuit of ever better OEE scores has become a real focus for end users in the food and beverage industry in recent years. OEE itself, however, is not a conversation end users routinely have with their machinery suppliers, with the focus instead tending to be on areas such as baseline speed, cycle times and overall performance.

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Traceability through serialisation

The demand for greater traceability – to reduce counterfeiting and improve consumer information – presents growing challenges for manufacturers. How can serialisation help? In ‘Traceability through serialisation’ Dan Rossek focuses on what serialisation means today and shows why the flexible layer solution is better than the, seemingly easier, end-to-end solution.

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Maximise your potential with data integration

How close is ‘Industry 4.0’ to being a reality? A futuristic, completely-connected industrial world is already taking shape, and data integration is a key enabler. Collecting and storing production data also offers many other rewards – from measuring OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) to helping OEMs meet increasing legal requirements for reporting. Dan Rossek takes a deeper look into the challenges and benefits of data integration in ‘From shop floor to top floor’.

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Challenges in machine building

The ramping up of the low wage economies in the machine building sector means that OEMs often feel they are working under the shadow of the threat of cheap imports. In the first of a series of articles, Robert Brooks looks at the ‘must-have’ features that will keep UK machine builders ahead of the pack, and the opportunities to add even greater value.

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An integrated approach to machinery safety

In this third of a series of articles looking at the challenges surrounding machine building, Dan Rossek and Richard Wilkins examine how safety can be an enabler for increased productivity and reduced total cost of ownership.

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