World's strongest drum!
The Interroll Group, the world's leading producer of key products for internal logistics, is once again looking to set new standards in state-of-the-art material flow solutions - this time with an unrivaled new synchronous drum motor for conveyor belt systems.
Interroll says its new, certified 1.1 kilowatt synchronous drum motor for conveyor belt systems is the most powerful of its kind in the world. The drive's exceptionally high torque and very strong belt pull are sure to impress users in the logistics sector and make it perfect for tasks that require a high throughput of transported goods. "Our drum motors help system integrators and plant engineers all over the world to produce powerful, energy-efficient and compact conveyor solutions," says Dr. Hauke Tiedemann, Managing Director of Interroll Trommelmotoren GmbH in Baal, Germany. "Our engineers' extensive expertise in technology and experience in meeting customers’ needs has flowed into the new synchronous drum motors, which now add a higher performance class to our product portfolio. This innovation provides Interroll's customers with a flexible and efficient solution to help realize new application scenarios in their material flow."
Its new motor promises belt speeds of up to 3.34 meters per second and can handle steep accelerator and decelerator ramps with ease. What's more, the entirely stainless-steel drive also meets the most stringent hygiene standards. The design and construction of this fully enclosed drive comply with the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines, and all the materials used are certified according to the USDA/FDA’s specifications and the EU's (EC) 1935/2004 regulation. This means Interroll's new synchronous drum motor will please the food and pharmaceutical industries in particular, with a drive solution that stands to cut cleaning and disinfection times by up to 30 percent compared to those using conventional geared motors. As Interroll says, its exceptionally high energy yield provides even further incentive for using the new drive - thanks to motors that demonstrate no more than nine-percent loss of power. The hardened-steel planetary gear unit is designed to transfer between 92 and 95 percent of the available power directly to the conveyor system, which slashes the energy required compared to alternative drive systems.
Interroll (Schweiz) AG (6592 Sant’Antonino, Switzerland)
Contact: Martin Regnet
Tel.: +41 91 850 25 21
Conventional bubble wrap sent packing!
The new AIRplus Wrap from protective packaging specialist Storopack wraps sensitive products very snugly and will in future serve as a space-saving substitute for traditional bubble wrap.
Thanks to its flexible undulating structure, the new AIRplus Wrap can be wrapped very snugly around items to be packed, which protects fragile and sensitive products of various sizes even more effectively against knocks, scratches and other damage. A further benefit of the innovative solution is the ability to produce it on demand at the packing station. This is a big advantage over pre-inflated bubble wrap, which is supplied in big rolls, takes up a great deal of space and repeatedly has to be transported to the packing station.
AIRplus Wrap is available in 400 x 175 millimeter (Wrap 19d) and 710 x 175 millimeter (Wrap 36d) formats and is produced using the compact Storopack machine systems AIRplus Mini and AIRplus GTI. "The aim when developing AIRplus Wrap was to be able to wrap the item to be packaged even more tightly so as to offer better protection," explains Michael Spicker, Product Manager AIR at Storopack. "We succeeded in achieving this thanks to the undulating structure. The solution is also a clever alternative for retailers and producers who still use large rolls of pre-inflated bubble wrap, because being able to produce the air cushions at the packing station on demand cuts process and warehousing costs," he adds. The new AIRplus Wrap will form part of Storopack's existing AIRplus product portfolio. This consists of large Void air cushions for filling gaps, Cushion with its smaller air chambers for stabilizing and cushioning, and Bubble with round air chambers for wrapping items to be packaged. One thing all three products have in common is that they can be produced at the actual packing station and are easy to integrate into any packaging process.
Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH (72555 Metzingen, Germany)
Ansprechpartner: Rene Jochum
Tel.: +49 711 97893-35
The boom Industry 4.0 has been waiting for
The BEUMER Group is looking to move further in the direction of Industry 4.0 with its new BOOM app for mobile tracking of entire packaging lines. BOOM is short for BEUMER Overall Operation Monitoring.
The BEUMER Group, a leading international intralogistics manufacturer with a portfolio including everything from conveying, loading, palletizing and packaging technology to sorting and distribution equipment, has now developed the BEUMER Overall Operation Monitoring app - an application that offers staff a continuous overview of all relevant packaging line parameters on their mobile devices. According to BEUMER, the new BOOM app is able to display the current availability, performance and quality levels, and energy and compressed air consumption.
The possibilities of the new BOOM app will ensure efficient operation of all systems, all the more since the program can also be adapted to customers' specific requirements. With this newly developed app, the BEUMER Group is looking to move further in the direction of Industry 4.0 and enable its customers to keep a constant eye on the current status of filling, palletizing and packaging equipment attached to their systems on mobile devices. The app's clear display of all lines complete with key parameters provides staff with important information about the effectiveness of the entire line, including availability, energy/compressed air consumption and the performance/quality level of the line or the single machines. Users can quickly evaluate all data and display this as a diagram or a comparison of target and actual performance. The BEUMER Group's new app can be adapted to specific user requirements, so it is also possible to introduce additional parameters, change line configurations and add further dashboards.
BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG (59269 Beckum, Germany)
Contact: Regina Schnathmann
Tel.: + 49 2521 24-381
Digitization now in train
In a recent study, researchers from the Technical University of Munich’s Institute of Materials Handling, Material Flow and Logistics examined potential uses of tugger train systems and identified which sub-processes need to be digitized more intensively to ensure demand-based and high-frequency supplies.
"The growing drive toward digitization and advances in automation technology are increasingly influencing the development of tugger train systems," note the authors in the foreword to the recent study titled "Use of tugger train systems for production supplies - study on planning, control and operation" and now published by the Institute of Materials Handling, Material Flow and Logistics (fml) at the Technical University of Munich. In it, researchers from the institute worked with 241 participants to examine how high the level of automation already is and what developments in tugger train-specific technologies the participants identify as offering potential for further cuts in process times and greater error resistance, for example.
The core messages from the study include the findings that the "trend toward cross-sector use of tugger trains is continuing" and the "application scenarios for tugger train systems are becoming more diverse." The researchers also note that the level of automation in tugger train systems is low at present and that, although dynamic control concepts offer flexibility, they also require increased IT outlay. The researchers forecast that "tugger trains will also be used for production supplies in the future." They formulate the vision that tugger train systems will be better integrated into the value chain in the future and will thus be focused even more strongly on production so as to "ensure demand-based and high-frequency supplies." The researchers have these reassuring words for anyone who fears this development will marginalize humans: "Humans will continue to be involved in tugger train processes in the future, as certain process steps and circumstances do not support cost-effective and flexible automation."
Institute of Materials Handling, Material Flow and Logistics (fml) – Technical University of Munich (85748 Garching, Germany)
Contact: Christian Lieb, M.Sc.
Tel.: +49 89 289-15947
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