The Mpac Group is holding a live streaming event this month to demonstrate the benefits of its new Industry 4.0-enabled equipment that includes infeeds, cartoners and case packers. Initially planned for launch at interpack, the new technology will be introduced via this online, live streaming event that takes place on Wednesday 24 June and Thursday 25 June. Two one hour sessions are available each day, from 9am – 10am and 3pm – 4pm, with the focus on food and beverage on the first day and personal and healthcare products on the second.
Go to the company’s website to find registration details.
In making its range of cartoning equipment smarter for its customers, Mpac has concentrated on making the HMI more intelligent while at the same time delivering cyber security by keeping the operating parameters local. As Rob Heijligers, the product manager leading the digital transformation at the Mpac Group says, you don’t need to rely on an internet connection to get all the new Industry 4.0 features and benefits. “We have found that large companies in particular do not want their machines connected to the internet as this can pose many cyber security issues, especially for a plant running multiple lines of equipment,” he tells Machinery Update.
The new HMI has been developed for seamless interaction between operator and the machine and a complete packaging line will be seen during the live stream event. This line includes an infeed (Solano single cell), cartoner (Vento-i) and an Alisio case packer.
The company named this HMI, the IMI which stands for intelligent machine interface. It has a simplistic layout, smooth scrolling lists and an easy movable top and bottom bar to deliver the benefits to operators.
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- More details on this development can be found in the special automation, robotics and vision systems feature in the July/August issue of Machinery Update. It is published on 20 July and will be posted online from this date