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PACKAGING INNOVATIONS
by color-coding functions, using recipe-driven menus
and replacing words with universally recognized symbols,
noted Jason Hogue, southeast sales manager,
BluePrint Automation.
" If your user interface is more app-looking like an
iPhone that everyone knows how to use, then it really
simplifies the operation, " he said. " It's more about mimicking
what people use every day than having a complex
HMI that only an engineer can use. "
Jeff Almond, industry manager, snack food packaging
for Heat and Control, said the emphasis has been on elimiToday's
popular
packaging systems
feed single packs of
snacks to robotics
and other systems
for the automation of
variety packs.
BluePrint Automation
As a result, PMMI's automation study shows that 97%
of CPGs would like to see more enhanced training from
machine builders.
" They're looking at how to use more intuitive automation
to speed up their training and make that training
shorter, how to empower operators by making help
available through remote access that's quicker and faster,
and how you can help an operator oversee the operation
of two or maybe three lines, " Mr. Izquierdo said.
Supplying simpler solutions
For wholesale bakeries, the packaging room is the most
labor-intensive area. That's why innovation has focused
on automation without complication. Or to put it bluntly,
make it simple for everyone so that even the rookies
Automation provides
labor savings
by eliminating
product handling
and simplifying
the sanitation
and maintenance
of packaging
equipment.
Cavanna North America
in the bakery can start up and operate a packaging line.
" In a context of labor shortages with a less experienced
workforce, we need to transition toward not only
automated slicing, wrapping and handling but also to
automated setup, " said Martin Dalbec, product group
leader, AMF PackTech, an AMF Bakery Systems brand.
" This will allow operations to perform faster product
changeovers and not rely solely on operator experience
to act quickly. "
Many companies have standardized digital controls
nating the number of decisions an operator needs to make.
" By doing that, we've enabled snack manufacturers to
require fewer people to operate additional lines, and they
don't have to make as many decisions as they have done in
the past with the ones they have to operate, " he said. " We
know there's a lot of turnover in labor, and once you train
somebody, they may leave. That's why we're making the
equipment simpler to operate and giving them the ability
to run two or more machines to help companies justify the
automation by reducing their labor count. "
Specifically, Heat and Control reduced the number
of parameters and baselined many of the decisions required
to run baggers, case packers and other systems
efficiently. Maintenance techs, Mr. Almond added, still
have access to more detailed data if they need to troubleshoot
or provide routine upkeep on equipment.
" We want operators to select the speed, make sure
they have the right film on the roll, pick a couple other
parameters and push 'start' and take off, " he said.
" Before, they had to make 20 decisions. They now only
have to make four or five. "
Making maintenance easier
Because of the widespread lockdowns and lack of access
to operations during COVID-19, Mr. Izquierdo said, remote
technology surged as food manufacturers searched
for ways to reduce unexpected downtime, drive efficiencies
and bolster capacity to meet the demand for more
products. While cybersecurity remains an issue, many
food manufacturers discovered ways to alleviate those
concerns using cloud-based, wireless and other solutions
and embraced predictive maintenance.
In fact, PMMI's automation study shows 58% of CPGs
use remote access while 32% plan to use it in
the next three years, and 43% currently rely
on predictive maintenance, while 45%
expect to roll it out soon.
" They are saying, 'Why should
I stop my operation to replace this
ball bearing and find out it's OK,' "
Mr. Izquierdo said. " Now I'm measuring
vibration compared to the
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