Process packaging automation components
2022-09-01

Process and packaging automation components at OEM

Most processes and packaging can now be partially or fully automated. Automated machinery is more consistent and there’s less room for inaccuracy, offering time-efficiency and cost-efficiency and good ROI. 

Automated machinery in the process and packaging industries is constantly developing. Here at OEM, we offer industrial automation components to support this development. 

Automation solutions for process and packaging machinery

At OEM, we keep an eye on trends and the latest innovations in order to help our customers future-proof their operations. 

Here are some of the requirements for process and packaging machinery.

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Efficient operation of process and packaging machinery

Control panel components are fundamental to the functioning of machinery and are used in every and any industry. Those needing less maintenance and less downtime are clearly benefitted for efficiency.

Conta-clip have developed a large range of cable entry systems that can accommodate single cables or multiple cables in a small footprint. They consist of only three parts and are quick and easy to assemble. 

Emerson is the first pick for packaging and leading provider of pneumatic and motion control components. With more than 50,000 valves, an extensive range of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products, creates comprehensive suites of flow control and pneumatic solutions. Our total system solutions bring special advantages for food, beverage, and pharmaceutical packaging, as well as for other consumer and industrial container applications.

Standardisation in automation

Automated machinery can produce consistent outputs. This can be checked through a system that includes effective process equipment and traceability, inspection and quality monitoring components. 

Smart cameras are one of the most effective ways of monitoring the process line. Most inspection tasks required can be solved by using Datalogic’s IMPACT technology smart cameras. We offer the P2X by Datalogic, a very powerful smart camera.

3D cameras are extremely valuable when the volume, shape or 3D position of objects needs to be analysed. The Basler Blaze Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera provides high resolution 3D images at a very attractive price/performance ratio, with a 2D and a 3D image in one shot.

Applications include part inspection, vehicle guidance, tote loading and automated unloading.

Whatever your needs, scanners are available in various types such as fixed and hand-held scanners for barcodes; 2D code and DPM (direct part marking) reading; and high-speed, long-range and wide field of view options.

Automation components meet speed, precision, repeatability and adaptability

Automation achieves these by replacing the need for physical labour and increasing efficiency in order to meet huge (and changing) market demands.

Motor, drives and linear products can be used throughout and with communication options such as CanOpen, Ethercat, Modbus, Ethernt/IP, Profinet and more. 

For speed and performance requirements, choose motion control drives that are standalone or embedded. They can be easily tuned to any suitable motor.

Process instrumentation can be used in machinery to get products from A to B seamlessly, controlling the level, pressure and flow of the product being handled. 

Cost efficient machinery

Equipment that helps in reducing wastage and labour costs and improving general efficiency will reduce overall costs, with the likelihood of increased ROI.

Process equipment which lead to reduced costs and time saving could include, for example, twin-screw pumps, which avoid the need for an additional CIP pump.

A pigging system reduces wastage, achieving cost reductions. Media is prevented from getting through when a pig is pushed into the pipe. This enables the pipe to be scraped and cleaned quickly, and the potential of cross-contamination is minimised.

Better safety processes

Safety standards are increasing for machinery, and with the help of certifications like ATEX approvals and ISO, you can ensure your machinery passes all its checks.

Safety light curtains are commonly found on process and packaging lines and are installed alongside or above machinery. If an object or person passes the safety light curtain, the machine stops.

Trapped key interlocks are used for access purposes and isolate the machinery before someone can enter a dangerous area. This option is inherently reliable, as an individual can only gain access by going through the correct sequence to gain access. 

Green glass bottles on bottle inspection and filling machine line
white cosmetic bottles in filling machinery
Cameras and sensors on vegetable inspection production/packaging line
Cardboard boxes on packaging line including sensors/cameras for inspection

Process and packaging machinery industries: Food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries, brewing and many more.

Types of processing and packaging equipment:

  • Robotics
  • Industrial vision systems
  • Conveyors
  • CIP cleaning
  • Product handling
  • Food processing
  • Blending and mixing machines
  • Cartoning
  • Coding and marking
  • Filling and sealing
  • Inspection 
  • Labelling 

If you have any of the process and packaging requirements we’ve outlined above, OEM can provide solutions tailored to your application.

You can also visit us at PPMA total show, where we will be demonstrating all things process and packaging. 

Email [email protected] or call 0116 284 9900 to talk to our technical advisers.

Related Products

Cable Entry Systems

Cable entry systems are becoming more advanced as requirements are changing within the automation and machine market. The need for bringing pre-assembled cables is more common, so traditional glands cannot be used. Conta-Clip have developed a large range of cable entry systems that can accommodate single cables or multiple cables in a small footprint. They consist of only 3 parts and are quick and easy to assemble. The KDS range use common split inserts allowing round or flat cables, tubes & pipes to be fed into an enclosure without the need to remove the connectors. For cables without connectors, the KES range enables a large amount of cables of various size to be fed into an enclosure in a compact, low profile single piece assembly. Using the KES system takes up far less enclosure space than using normal glands. The KDS and KES range are IP66 as standard & Ecolab approved, so ideal for washdown environments.

Cable Glands

Cable glands are used in a wide range of applications and AGRO has a comprehensive range to suit almost any application. AGRO are a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality cable glands. AGRO offer a full range of glands including: -</p><ul style="list-style-type: disc;"><li>Nickel Plated Brass, Stainless Steel, Reinforced Polyamide and Plastic <li>Single, Multi-cable and Flat cable inserts with High Temperature options <li>EMC Glands, EMC Ex Certified Glands <li>Ex Glands in Metal and Polyamide <li>Conduit Glands <li>Custom Glands designed and built to order <li>Pressure balancing and drainage glands</li></ul>

Motor Drives

Drive boards and panel mounted drives for basic motor control.

Safety Light Curtains

Trapped Key Interlocks

The trapped key system works on the principle of releasing heavy duty coded mechanical keys in a pre-determined sequence to ensure machine power has been isolated before any access can be made into areas where hazards or dangerous machinery is present. <ul><li>All available in die cast or stainless steel <li>Up to 48 standard key codes available <li>Other custom key codes available on request <li>Sequential or non-sequential release</li></ul>

Pneumatics

Process Instrumentation

OEM Automatic are able to market a range of process instrumentation designed to measure and control the pressure, flow and level of liquids and gases in hygienic, process applications. We represent process management solutions from <a href="https://www.oem.co.uk/suppliers/anderson-negele" target="_blank">Anderson-Negele</a>, <a href="https://www.oem.co.uk/suppliers/definox" target="_blank">Definox</a> and <a href="https://www.oem.co.uk/suppliers/jung-process-systems" target="_blank">Jung Process Systems</a>, all leaders in their respective markets.

Pigging Systems

Smart Cameras

In a compact and robust housing, our P, A and T Series smart cameras are designed for demanding, industrial applications. All our cameras offer integrated processing, LED lighting, modular optics as well as industrial data interfaces via Profinet and ETHERNET/IP along with the usual digital I/Os.

Machine Vision Cameras

Machine vision cameras are used to inspect and analyse objects automatically in an industrial or production environment. The data collected can then be used to control a process or manufacturing activity. Machine vision cameras can be used in many applications to check the position of something, colour, size, shape or whether an object is there or not. As well as look at and decipher a standard 2D barcode and even printed characters. With a comprehensive range of Machine Vision Cameras from Sony, Basler and Datalogic, featuring 3D cameras, area scan, embedded, IP cameras and Line scan cameras OEM Automatic can offer a camera to suit almost any application. OEM Automatic supplies cameras to capture 2D images in mono and colour, 3D images and also the innovative polarised cameras to detect the direction of reflected light. Our extensive range from leading suppliers, includes GigE, USB, CoaXpress, CameraLink & Bcon (LVDS & MIPI) interfaces, resolutions from VGA to 20MP, rolling and global shutters and monochrome or colour options. We also offer a strong range of <a href="https://www.oem.co.uk/products/machine-vision-,-a-,-code-reading/smart-cameras">smart cameras</a>, which offer a camera and a computer in the same device. If you have any questions on cameras for machine vision applications please feel free to <a href="https://www.oem.co.uk/contact-us/contact" target="_blank">contact us</a>.
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