Piab launched its new piGRIP suction cup, which claims to be the first modular suction cup on the market. It allows companies to choose the ideal combination of lip and bellow so packaging lines can handle products at high speeds while realizing energy savings. With a range of independent lips, bellows and fittings, the suction cup can be customized for thousands of applications for full operational flexibility and tailored to individual gripping, lifting and height requirements to handle a variety of products. It can fit a number of packaging machines, including robotic arms, rotary cartoners, labeling machines and carton erectors.
Accraply Inc., a Barry-Wehmiller company, debuted Trine Model 4800, a roll-fed wraparound labeler geared toward the beverage, dairy and nutritional product industries. It has a Siemens 10-in. color touchscreen interface, a dual label roll automatic splice unit for unattended label splice without stopping the labeler, a discharge bottle stabilizer unit for bottle discharge directly onto the conveyor, a segmented vacuum drum assembly for long life wear part integration, a newly designed feed screw infeed assembly for fast no tools changeover, and a stainless steel guarding system for beverage, food and dairy packaging lines.
DayGlo Color Corp., a subsidiary of RPM Inc., debuted its GloPrill and color technology. The new colors can be used in packaging without a functional barrier – meeting FDA standards that prevent harmful components from migrating to the food products. They're the first and only fluorescent pigments that are FDA-compliant for direct food contact for use in HDPE and PP food and beverage packaging. Suitable for any room temperature or below packaging application, they are approved for heat pasteurization and microwave applications. Colors include sapphire blue, ruby red, citrine yellow and emerald green, with additional shades in development.
3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes (pictured right) introduced Scotch brand Easy Open Carry Handle Tape 8643 – an integrated carry handle that functions as part of the shrink film package. The new tape, which was a finalist in the InterBev Innovation Awards, is applied and integrated into the multipack package by the beverage manufacturer. It can be applied using Straub Design Co.'s integrated tape handle machine, which is attached to an existing shrink wrap tunnel.
Siemens introduced the Simatic CPU 317TF-2DP controller, which combines motion control, safety and standard tasks in a single device, reducing wiring, coding and the implementation times. It also benefits users by saving space on the plant floor and reducing overall total cost of ownership. Possible applications for the new device range from controlled single-axis positioning to complex, synchronized sequences of motion, such as geared synchronous motion, curve synchronization or print mark correction. The synchronous axes can be coupled to a virtual master or a real master. For safety-oriented applications, the controller fulfills the rigorous requirements of all the relevant standards, including EN 954-1 up to Cat. 4, IEC 62061 up to SIL 3 and EN ISO 13849-1 up to PL e. For Siemens PLC users, the Step 7 option package S7-Technology is available to simplify engineering and commissioning. It supports simultaneous processing of up to 64 technology objects, and is available to meet engineering requirements for programming and commissioning of all functions. For specific fail-safe applications, the Step 7 option package Distributed Safety offers a set of pre-configured library blocks, including emergency stop, two-hand control, muting and door monitoring. No external safety hardware is required for costly safety precautions at the machine, saving valuable space in the control cabinet. Centralized and distributed fail-safe I/O and fail-safe drives according to PROFIsafe, the fail-safe communication standard, can be connected. The drive safety functions SBC, SLS, SSM, SOS, SS1, SS2 and STO.