Improving Cartoning Changeover Capabilities | 2018-10-10

As production facilities continue to be challenged by smaller batch runs, higher OEE requirements and skilled labor shortages, there is a desire for simpler, more flexible equipment. One way to achieve more flexibility is by addressing the time, tools and parts needed to implement changeovers. Size changeover can be accomplished by a variety of methods. The most common methods historically involved a cart full of change parts, manual adjustments using slots and scales, or manual adjustments with digital (mechanical) counters. Some machines still use a combination of all three.  Sponsored Content is a special paid section where industry companies provide high quality, objective, non-commercial content around topics of interest to the Food & Beverage Packaging audience. All Sponsored Content is supplied by the advertising company. Interested in participating in our Sponsored Content section? Contact your local rep. People have always been told to “never judge a book by its cover,” but packaging professionals, manufacturers, and the retailers of any items that are sold dressed up in packaging are banking on consumers ignoring that adage. Automatic Corrugated Box Making Machine ...

Boxing with giants: Italy’s packing robots are not just cardboard cutouts

A CartonWrap machine, which packs customer orders in tailor-made cardboard boxes, is displayed at a factory of Italian packaging company CMC Srl in Citta di Castello, Italy. — Reuters CITTÀ DI CASTELLO, Italy: Amazon’s new recruit comes from a medieval walled town in central Italy and can box and seal at least 600 items of different shapes and sizes every hour. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. That recruit is the CartonWrap, brainchild of CMC, a small firm that is just one of 630 Italian companies making automated packaging machines – one of Italy’s fastest growing industries, raking in nearly 8 billion euros in 2018, or about a quarter of the world market. Machinery is Italy’s top export, worth almost €50bil (RM234.25bil) last year and a rare bright spot for a stagnant economy plagued by low productivity and high unemployment. And leading the pack is – automated packaging – growing nine times faster than the economy as a whole, according to the trade association UCIMA. “We doubled our turnover in the last three years and I think we will double it again in the next three years,” said CMC chief executive Francesco Ponti. His father, Giuseppe, a tec...