• Lorenz, Germany: Open control and HMI technology supports smart water meter production

    Lorenz, Germany: Open control and HMI technology supports smart water meter production

    To manufacture a new generation of radio-supported water meters, Lorenz employs an Industrie 4.0 concept that was implemented with support from ITQ and Software Factory, both members of the Stetter Group. With TwinCAT 3 software and especially the new TwinCAT HMI solution, Beckhoff supplied the ideal open control and visualization technology.
  • VMek, USA: Compact I/O modules reduce hardware requirements and cut equipment assembly times in half

    VMek, USA: Compact I/O modules reduce hardware requirements and cut equipment assembly times in half

    In its solutions for automatic seed sorting, VMek relies on EtherCAT from the very beginning. With a switch in the I/O level to EtherCAT plug-in modules, the company succeeded in further reducing costs, device footprint and commissioning times for its high-speed machines.
  • MTM, Canada: PC-based control and EtherCAT boost machine throughput 55%

    MTM, Canada: PC-based control and EtherCAT boost machine throughput 55%

    In a redesign of the X-Shear machine for transformer core manufacturing, repeatability had top priority. A switch in the automation technology from a legacy PLC to a fully integrated Beckhoff control platform helped increase production rates substantially by more than half, while at the same time improving the level of precision in manufacturing, among other things.
  • RoboHelix, Australia: IPC and servo-based production technology boosts performance, speed and efficiency

    RoboHelix, Australia: IPC and servo-based production technology boosts performance, speed and efficiency

    Hydraulic presses have been used in the traditional helical flight forming process. RoboHelix replaced the laborious process with a newly developed robotic machine. Comprehensive integration of Beckhoff technologies has enabled RoboHelix to achieve higher performance and precision, yet it simplified the control technology and made it flexible across the range.
  • MULTIVAC, Germany: Interview about PC-based control in fully automated packaging machines

    MULTIVAC, Germany: Interview about PC-based control in fully automated packaging machines

    In this interview, Claus Botzenhardt and Christian Napravnik describe the benefits generated through PC-based control as well as its potential for implementing innovations in packaging machine construction.
  • Tianjin FengYu, China: Intelligent inspection of packaging quality with TwinCAT Machine Learning

    Tianjin FengYu, China: Intelligent inspection of packaging quality with TwinCAT Machine Learning

    Instant noodles can be found in just about every food store in China. In order to reduce the number of products with packaging errors and the resulting customer complaints, a large Chinese producer of instant noodles decided to use the Beckhoff control technology including TwinCAT Machine Learning.
  • Optima Pharma, Germany: Flexible edge devices expand digitalization options for drug filling systems

    Optima Pharma, Germany: Flexible edge devices expand digitalization options for drug filling systems

    The Optima Pharma business unit of Optima Packaging Group GmbH specializes in systems for bottling liquid or freeze-dried pharmaceuticals in commonly used container formats, such as syringes. What sets its filling systems apart are the optional smart features that can be added to the machines flexibly and easily using ultra-compact C6015 and C6030 Industrial PCs from Beckhoff.
  • Kern AG, Switzerland: Produce packaging on demand and made to measure with more than 100 precisely controlled axes

    Kern AG, Switzerland: Produce packaging on demand and made to measure with more than 100 precisely controlled axes

    Using the PackOnTime 2box packaging system, shipping boxes can be made to measure and exactly when it is needed. The project was implemented with the high-performance PC-based automation solution from Beckhoff.
  • Graniten, Sweden: Integrating fast and flexible digital printing in the packaging process with XTS

    Graniten, Sweden: Integrating fast and flexible digital printing in the packaging process with XTS

    Maximum flexibility, virtually no changeover times and reduced maintenance and space requirements – this is what the Swedish Graniten Group has achieved with a new digital pad printing machine. It is the world’s first gravure printing system of its kind to be equipped with the XTS intelligent transport system from Beckhoff as the core element.
  • Cavanna, Italy: Intelligent transport system as cost-effective, compact and highly flexible feeder component in cookie packaging

    Cavanna, Italy: Intelligent transport system as cost-effective, compact and highly flexible feeder component in cookie packaging

    The Cavanna Packaging Group is a leading specialist in the flow-pack segment. Starting with its cookie packaging segment, Cavanna recently made the strategic decision to equip its flow-pack machines with the intelligent XTS transport system and EtherCAT communication technology from Beckhoff.
  • Packfeeder, Spain: XTS handles efficient and highly flexible bottle unscrambling in the most demanding packaging applications

    Packfeeder, Spain: XTS handles efficient and highly flexible bottle unscrambling in the most demanding packaging applications

    Packfeeder has developed a family of automatic, robot-supported bottle unscrambling machines for the packaging industry. The so-called Pickfeeder uses the XTS from Beckhoff to implement a machine concept that is highly flexible and suitable for the most demanding and frequently sorting jobs in packaging with virtually no changeover effort.