08th May 2014
Resource-efficient packaging with PC-based Control and XTS
Maximum process speed and precision with minimum material usage
How can you implement packaging solutions that fill the correct amount while reducing the amount of packaging materials? How can you reduce the energy consumption of the entire process chain? Implementing PC Control ensures that the consumption of resources is reduced to the absolute minimum. What makes the difference is the XFC (“eXtreme Fast Control”) technology. With I/O response times of < 100 μs the process can be controlled with exceptional precision and repeat accuracy. With no need for special hardware, XFC implements extremely fast and accurate control solutions for packaging machines.
PC- and EtherCAT-based control ensures perfectly synchronised processes and motion control sequences with shorter cycle times for more throughput. The technology’s quick and precise response to printing marks makes it possible to save on packaging material, for example by placing products more closely together in blister packs, which reduces the amount of sealing foil needed as well as any waste. And the ability to precisely control the sealing temperature allows you to use thinner plastic films. The fast and highly accurate process control capabilities can minimise the wall thickness of PET bottles as well as reduce the amount of paper and aluminum when producing cardboard containers. And the more accurate approximation of the minimum fill level generates significant material and cost savings when packaging high-volume products.
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In combination with the XTS eXtended Transport System, PC-based control opens the door to new ways of saving on packaging material. The example shown combines the benefits of horizontal and vertical form, fill and seal machines to deliver high process speed and fast tool changes with no mechanical intervention. XFC and XTS make it possible to place the seal as closely to the product as possible by synchronizing printing marks with the sealing guillotine.