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  • Ways to create a factory that is more INTELLIGENT

    The production of food and beverages is changing at great speed and is becoming increasingly demanding. This can only be achieved by ensuring a greater optimization of assets, thus satisfying the growing demand for healthy, convenient, sustainable and differentiated products. - SIG


    Supplier of systems and solutions for aseptic packaging / claudia.lopez@sig.biz.


    As factories and filling plants operate on an unprecedented scale, production lines must be more flexible, individualized and digital in order to handle periods of higher production and faster product changes.
    This can only be achieved by ensuring a greater optimization of assets, configuring the optimal infrastructure in the long term that can handle any operational demand in a flexible way and guaranteeing an intelligent planning of production, recipe and organization of work throughout the production.
    Danyoush Sangi, Head of Production Engineering & Strategic Alliances at SK3, shares his vision on how to create a smarter factory and navigate in the era of Industria 4.0.

    -What do you think are the biggest challenges for food and beverage manufacturers today?-

    The future of food and beverage production is to satisfy a growing demand for healthy, convenient products that are safe, sustainable, insurable and differentiated. All companies are under increasing pressure to increase production, improve margins and optimize assets. Filling plants must be smarter and more automated to operate intelligently, optimize production, increase efficiency, and be more transparent. This means that it is crucial to take full advantage of the filling units, reduce the risk of downtime and connect, automate and monitor lines, and all this while reducing costs.

    -Creating an intelligent factory is not done overnight. Specifically, how can manufacturers approach this issue gradually?-

    A report by The Manufacturer * notes that while 67% of UK manufacturers see Industria 4.0 as a whole, only 25% feel that they have sufficient understanding of its implications. That is why we are developing new technology and processes to ensure that manufacturers are ready for Industria 4.0. The first step could be to improve existing solutions. Running a factory in a juggling game between production quality, availability and performance of machinery. To make the most of each of the filling lines, food and beverage manufacturers could consider an integrated solution, which would increase their use and reduce total filling costs. A personalized service contract can also ensure that each of these areas receives the care you need. In this way, the manufacturers can obtain a maximum value and performance.

    -What would be the next logical step if these possibilities are explored?-

    The next logical step would be to transform the automated technology. Optimizing one or more of the existing filling lines can reveal their hidden potential. Robotics and artificial intelligence, for example, have the potential to radically transform the way we produce. In the market there are machines (1) that allow manufacturers to create more efficient workflows and reduce the hours of manual work. Automatic filling vehicles, which can transport packaging pallets and materials from a central warehouse. This is another step towards the creation of fully automated filling lines. The learning controls adapt the operational, logistical and individual needs of the manufacturers and reduce the visible complexity of the factory.

    -And what do you think would be the greatest transformation?-

    The biggest transformation would be to make use of turnkey solutions. The Internet of Things (IoT) technology, such as sensors, software and connectivity solutions, can help monitoring and analyzing the productivity of a filling line. By means of these technologies, engineers can conceptualize, design and build complete plants from start to finish that are intelligent, automated and fully integrated. There are monitoring systems (2), for example, which offer a new way to monitor a line, intervene and optimize operations whenever necessary.

    -Does this mean that the user has a lot of flexibility when it comes to their own needs?-

    Absolutely! The users can view the information of the filling line in different types of pre-configured reports or create their own visualizations. For example, the users can examine graphs that show the OEE, the levels of technical and organizational efficiency, as well as an analysis of the incidents that have slowed down the line. These reports can be seen on a computer, tablet or smart phone, even while being on the other side of the world. Smart notifications alert the team of any incident or problem, and help preventing bottlenecks and stops before they occur. The monitoring system (2) protects the information during the transmission between the machines and the server, as well as during storage. In addition, it provides a permission system that allows the users to define exactly who can access the information.

    -What other innovations can we talk about?-

    Suppliers of automation and process control systems, such as Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), work in coordination with present innovative manufacturing solutions for food, beverage and dairy producers. Through these collaborations, advanced production technology is offered. These alliances allow to combine experience for the development of MES products to provide integrated procedures for intelligent and automated factories around the world.

    * https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/
    manufacturers-see-industry-4-as-opportunity/
    (1) Refer to the Robotic Magazine magazine by SIG –called R-CAM.
    (2) Refer to the CombiLink monitoring system.
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  • ProPak China 2019 makes great headway in show scale

    ProPak China 2019, the 25th International Processing & Packaging Exhibition hosted by Sinoexpo Informa Markets, concluded successfully in the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) on June 21, 2019. Together with FoodPack China hosted by the China Food and Packaging Machinery Industry Association and the China National Packaging and Food Machinery Cooperation, the joint exhibition made an excellent duo with strong growth in show scale. 890 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions showed their products and services, up 31% from last year. The exhibition space grew to 70,600 square meters, 56% more than the last edition of ProPak China. And there were unprecedentedly 33,713 professional visitors from 120 countries and regions present during three show days, an increase of 34% against 2018.


    ProPak China 2019 touched every major industries related to processing and packaging applications, including sectors such as food, drinks, dairy, FMCG, cosmetics, health care, pharmaceutical, electronics, and other industrial fields. Advanced products and technologies that are improving productivity, reducing cost and solving production challenges were presented by a galaxy of global powerhouses including: AccuBal, Acepack, AETNA, Anritsu, AZO, Bihai, Bosch Rexroth, Bossar, CAMA, CAVANNA, Chuangzhaobao, Clevertech, Dachuan, Dingye, Festo, Fuji kikai, FURUKAWA, GEA, GERHARD SCHUBERT, Grepack, Guchuan, Gurki, Haikejia, Handtmann, Hoermann, Hongsen, Hualian, Huituo, Ishida, Jardine Matheson, Jiangsu Dajiang, Jinan, Kaiqisi, Kangdi, Kenwei, Kinglai, KOCH, Komatsu, Kunshan Dahe, Langnuo, Maiwei, METTLER TOLEDO, Nanhua, NISSIN, NORD, Oceanpower, Omori, Ouhua, PRECISE, QCPACK, Ramseier Koatings, Rieckermann, Ronchi, Ruijijinhong, Ruizhi, Sanyang Dongyang, Serac, Shanghai Dahe, Shanghai Shikouku, Songben, Songchuanyuanyi, Syntron, Techik, Thermo Fisher, Tianlang, Tianyu Weiye, Toyo Machinery & Metal, Triowin, Urschel, Wenzhou Dajiang, WOLF, Wuhan Rentian, Xiaohui, Xiaojin, Xiaoteng, Xingpack, Yamato, Yilong, Yiqing, Yongchuang, Yongchuang Tongda, Yuanan, Yuedong, Yusheng, Zhejiang Brother, Zhongheng, Zhongya, and more leading companies around the world.


    These exhibitors displayed cutting-edge processing and packaging technologies and facilities, innovative packaging containers and materials, printing and labeling technologies, industrial automation, and warehouse and logistics solutions.


    The exhibition in June also captured the attention of professional buyers from all over the world, proved by a great number of end users from food, beverage, dairy, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and daily-use chemical sectors and online businesses gathering in Shanghai. They are: Amway, Bright Dairy, Coca Cola, COFCO, Colgate, Dali, DANONE, Gillette, HERSHEY'S, JD, Johnson & Johnson, Laurel, L'oreal, Meadjohnson, Mengniu, Nestle, NIVEA, P&G, Pepsi, SHISEIDO, Sinopharm, SUNTORY, Tsingtao Brewery, Unilever, Wahaha, Want Want, Watsons, Yili, and more.


    Up to 2019, ProPak China has been successfully held for 25 continuous editions. This year, ProPak China not only had the historical improvement of the internationalization proportion of the exhibition, but also cooperated with FoodPack China for the first time to establish the strategic alliance of the industry brand exhibition. The powerful combination of the two created a grand meeting of the Chinese processing and packaging industry, and also made a significant record in the development history of ProPak China.


    ProPak China & FoodPack China 2020 will be held again at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) between June 22 and 24. The exhibition area will be expanded to totally 100,000 square meters, with 4 halls of 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 opened.


    For more information, please visit www.propakchina.com and follow us @OES_ProPak

    Notes to Editor:
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    Mr. Spric Tian
    Sinoexpo Informa Markets
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