ACG, a leading supplier of fully integrated solutions to the global pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Marcus Michel as the new CEO of ACG Engineering. In his new role he will be responsible for continuing to drive ACG’s focus on the global pharmaceutical industry, innovative technologies, Business Excellence, and Institution Building.
Plastic recycling technologies a top priority for packaging industry in 2021 and beyond latest Smithers market report finds
LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, UK and AKRON, Ohio, USA – December 8, 2020 – Improved recycling, recovery and conversion into post-consumer resin (PCR) are the leading challenge for the rigid and flexible plastic packaging industry through the 2020s a new Smithers report finds.
Analysing the current state-of-the-art and future routes to market, Smithers’ latest study – Ten-Year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies for Recycled Plastic Packaging to 2030 – ranks the top 25 technologies that will redefine the industry over the next decade.
Industry veteran to oversee all departments for shipping solutions
provider as packaging volumes continue to peak.
Waterbury, CT – PACT, LLC, an innovator of packaging and crating technologies, has promoted Josh Mort to General Manager. In this position, Josh will be responsible for managing all of PACT’s departments including production, sales, and growth initiatives as more products manufacturers seek lighter, sustainable and durable shipping solutions with the number of packages shipped continuing an upward trajectory.
The latest product introductions from technology leader ABB include two new palletizing robots, three palletizing grippers and an easy-to-use programming software – all designed to make palletizing simpler, faster and more efficient.
Robot-based automation ensures you get the flexibility, productivity and reliability you need to meet ever shorter product life-cycles, new packaging designs, multiple pack sizes & product variants, and batch manufacturing.
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Keeping Employees Safe
The most pressing concern for any workplace during a pandemic is protecting its employees' health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that factories space workers 6 feet apart, but enforcing this isn't always straightforward. Placing robots in every other position can help ensure employees maintain an adequate distance, reducing their risk of spreading COVID-19.
Costco's highly automated chicken packing plant in Nebraska reported just one COVID case among its 800 employees. While robots were likely not the only factor contributing to that figure, they undoubtedly helped. This instance isn't the only use case of robotics helping reduce COVID infections, either.
Denmark's Danish Crown employs 8,000 workers across eight meatpacking facilities. They also operate a considerable number of robots, which helped them keep COVID infections below 10. Since workers don't have to be in close contact with one another, it's harder for the virus to spread.
Protecting worker health hasn't been the only use for robotics amid COVID in the packaging industry. Packaging facilities may not be able to have the same number of people in the building as before. Robots have helped them maintain efficiency with this reduced human workforce.
A frozen food packing facility found it needed additional packaging for a new box style. These boxes account for 30% of their production volume, so adding the new layer efficiently is crucial. With limited human workers, they turned to robotics, which enabled them to maintain their output goals.
As lockdowns began, packaged goods sales skyrocketed, leaving packaging facilities with increased demand. At the same time, many couldn't hire new workers due to COVID safety measures. By turning to robots, companies met this demand without putting lives at risk.
The Changing Role of Robotics
The packaging industry has had to adapt to several new challenges amid the pandemic. In addition to shifting demand and new safety standards, they've faced disruptions in the supply chain. Many of these changes have been unexpected and inconsistent, too, highlighting the need for flexibility.
Robotics in COVID have had to serve different roles and meet new needs, so the industry is shifting. The aforementioned frozen food packing facility had to employ slower, more delicate robots since they'd be working close to humans. As robot-human collaboration is becoming more common, robot design has to account for the safety of human workers.
The need for flexibility leads to a need for more general-purpose bots instead of highly specialized ones. Robots, like the factories they inhabit, need to adapt to new scenarios should they arise. As the packaging industry is becoming more flexible, so are its machines.
Robots Are Helping Sustain the Packaging Sector
The packaging industry is facing unprecedented challenges, but robots are helping sustain it. Given the efficacy of these robotics use cases, it's clear why the packaging robot industry could reach $7.6 billion by 2027. Packaging facilities must automate to survive.
This shift toward automation was inevitable, but the pandemic accelerated it. Robotics in COVID have proved their worth and will undoubtedly see record adoption rates in the years to follow.
Packaging Robots Tasks and Industries
Depending on the end of arm tooling (EOAT) a given robot leverages, it can complete many different tasks. Most often, packaging robots are designed to open, fill, transport, palletize, seal, code and/or label product packaging. Just about any process involving the movement or packing of goods can be automated by a packaging robot.
These robots are used in a wide range of industries. However, they’re most commonly used where products must be packaged consistently, accurately and with high quality to protect product integrity. The industrial sector also sees high usage of packaging robots to speed up cycle times and improve productivity, while the food and beverage industry also uses packaging robots for similar reasons.
THE BENEFITS OF PACKAGING ROBOTS
Packaging robots bring speed, accuracy, and productivity to material handling operations, which has a real and lasting impact on overall production. Most manufacturers who implement packaging robots see a major boost in throughput because the speed of production is not hindered by how quickly manual processes can package, move, and/or label products.
Further, packaging robots streamline production. They can lift more products at one time, feature far higher uptimes than manual labor, and create labor cost reductions. Packaging robots can complete more packaging tasks at a lower cost and more consistently than with manual labor.
Packaging robots are becoming a staple of production in a wide range of applications, from the medical field to industrial production, they’re bringing serious bottom-line benefits for manufacturers.
To learn more, read about Genesis Systems’ robotic material handling integration services.
It’s well known that smell is the most powerful of all our senses with strong ties to both emotion and memory. But how can premium home fragrance and luxury lifestyle brands create connections with their consumers beyond scent? With the rise of the eco-conscious consumer, brands need to be mindful of the sustainable credentials of their products and their packaging.
‘Natures Candles’ is a concept design innovation that uses NatureWax® made from hydrogenated soybean oil and non-hazardous vegetable derived additives. The candles themselves are made from and burn using natural and organic materials.
The glass packaging is easily recyclable due to the use of a mono material and due to the lack of additional plastic or glue coated paper labels. The outer packaging is made from recycled paper and cardboard. To ensure the packaging is as desirable and sustainable as the candle inside, the outer pack is embellished with natural mineral powders to provide a premium look and feel.
About Packadore Collective:
Packadore Collective work collaboratively to design and implement both desirable and sustainable packaging solutions to help brands create real impact, now and for the future.
We are the innovators in temptainability. Visit us at: www.packadore.com
Our natural pasteurization process for nuts is FDA approved and can be validated by an independent laboratory.
Revtech has supplied over 10 nut pasteurization units worldwide, all of them validated following the Almond Board of California protocol or an equivalent. The biggest one was validated for a 5 log reduction of Salmonella on almonds with a flowrate of 7 tons/h (15,000 lbs/h).
The same unit can also be used for roasting using adapted operating parameters.
15 December, a global event translated into 7 languages. Live from the SACMI parent company, this webinar will showcase the latest ready-to-market developments for the industry, from technology to new cap design solutions. Key advantages include integrated design of cap-preform systems to optimise performance and cost
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