PPMA Total Show 2022 | Show preview

The PPMA Total Show 2022 processing and packaging machinery event returns to the NEC this month, providing a platform for innovation and live demonstrations of production machinery.

The three-day exhibition, which runs from September 27 to 29, will also serve as a hub for networking, expert knowledge and information sharing, as well as a rich field of discovery for visitors to the seeks new solutions to improve business performance.

Comprising over 350 exhibitor booths, representing 2,000 brands and incorporating leading exhibit brands Pakex and Interphex, visitors to Hall 5 will have access to a collection of production machinery and smart manufacturing equipment under one roof. . Showcasing the very latest in efficient production technologies, robotics and vision systems combined with state-of-the-art materials, containers and packaging design, the event appeals to visitors from a wide range of sectors, including the beverages, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, building materials, pet care, FMCG and contract packaging.

Visitors to the show will also benefit from a daily program of educational and opinion presentations held in the on-site Seminar Theater. Centered around the theme “The Future of…”, the program of informative interactive discussions, debates, presentations and workshops will be led by respected industry experts who will share their knowledge, inspire and offer their own insights on the future of the industry. Ambassadors from PPMA Business Education Skills and Training (PPMA BEST) will be on hand during the show, engaging with visitors and showcasing the charity’s journey to support young people developing careers in engineering in the process industries and packaging, robotics and machine vision.

The PPMA Total Show 2022 will also host the PPMA Group Awards. Celebrating the best in machine innovation, smart manufacturing and business savvy, the awards will be presented to the winning and highly commended companies during the final day of the show.

Richard Little, PPMA Show Director, says: “We know that our visiting audience wants to be up close to the latest technologies – touch and try, discover new production-enhancing solutions and talk one-on-one with product experts and applications from all walks of life – and that’s exactly what PPMA Total offers.

“We are immensely proud of the long and successful history of the PPMA Total Show and the fact that this will be the 34th show clearly demonstrates that we offer a winning formula for both exhibitors and our visiting audience. This year’s event will be no exception, and I look forward to welcoming visitors when the show opens its doors again, walking the aisles, networking with peers and being inspired by all the new technologies and live demonstrations presented.

Exhibitor Highlights

Brillopak will debut the multi-material handling capabilities of its new high-speed Tray and Punnet Packer. The machine automatically packs trays and trays into retail crates. It can operate at a machine speed of 150 trays per minute and combines specialized robotics with patented servo-driven end-effectors, then deploys them in a pick-and-place operation. “As well as managing the flexibility of thin plastic trays, customers have also asked us to support carton variants, both of which they want to pack quickly and in well-presented configurations,” says Peter Newman, Technical Director at Brillopak. “Dealing with any one of these features in isolation is hard enough, but when you’re challenged to deal with them all simultaneously, it becomes so much more interesting. Luckily we have some great engineers here and we were more than up to the task.

Endoline Automation will highlight what it claims to be the sustainable features of its end-of-line packaging systems and its eco-friendly sealing options at PPMA Total 2022. Responding to calls for sustainable sealing solutions that reduce the use of plastic, Endoline will be showcasing its 248 High Speed ​​Fully Automatic Crate Erector, which has been designed to seal crates with hot melt glue rather than tape. While using glue sealing alternatives can significantly reduce plastic consumption for manufacturers, it also helps reduce material waste, as two square inches of adhesive glue will close an average-sized box compared over 200 square inches of tape. Endoline will also promote recyclable kraft tape as an additional ecological sealing alternative.

The Festo stand focuses on key applications for the process and packaging industry. These include innovative process valve controls, servo-flow wrapping and a new solution to control web tension with dancer rolls. An OEM balancer is introduced to allow designers to easily integrate any counterweight controls they require with their own mechanical structures.

A Delta 3000 flow wrapper with automatic infeed will take center stage at IMA Ilapak’s booth, demonstrating how food producers can reduce labor requirements while reliably and efficiently producing airtight MAP packages. sealed from latest generation films. “Two of the topics on everyone’s lips are labor shortages and sustainable packaging; the equipment we present illustrates how we can help our customers meet these two challenges. Automating the flow wrapper infeed is a relatively simple step that eliminates the need for manual loading. This is a starting point and we hope that at PPMA it will also be a talking point to discuss how we as a member of the IMA Group and FLX HUB can work with our clients to implement automation technologies that save labor at every step. of the packaging workflow,” says Tony McDonald, Sales and Marketing Director at Ilapak UK.

Ishida, a specialist in food packaging equipment, will present its packaging lines to meet the needs of leaner and more efficient factories. Equipment on display from Ishida’s ranges of multihead weighers, checkweighers and X-ray inspection systems will demonstrate the company’s technical expertise to help companies achieve their production and quality goals. The company will showcase two models developed for specialist applications: the 14-head CCW-RV-214W-GS is designed to weigh fragile products such as cookies and confectionery, reducing product breakages by up to 20%; and the Ishida CCW-R2-106WB six-head fresh food weigher can handle sticky and bruise-sensitive fresh produce. Ishida’s quality control solutions will be represented by the company’s IX-EN-4093-S, a high-performance, entry-level X-ray inspection; and the DACS-G-F015 checkweigher, specially developed for high-speed production lines.

A single demo line running on the Omron aimed at revealing how a dynamic manufacturing operation – in this case filling – can see dramatic improvements in efficiency and uptime through the deployment of AI in at least two areas: intelligent machine control; and fault detection and correction. The first of Omron’s two areas of digital intelligence focuses on the machine level, through its Sysmac controller with edge-based AI. With filling managed by an i4 SCARA robot, the small bottling line will demonstrate how this technology can provide real-time trend analysis and on-the-fly alerts. “The first step is to work in partnership with the customer to determine what data is being pulled from the line, eliminate the ‘noise’ and focus on actionable data,” says Stuart Coulton, Omron UK Marketing Director.

Soken Engineering will be exhibiting at this year’s show and will launch a range of heat seal packaging systems targeting on-the-go food applications. A new three-in-one heat-sealing system seals packages of sandwiches, wraps and salads with just one tool change. The range includes: Tier 1 machines targeting small cafes that want to seal a single packet at a time; level two machines, which seal up to four packages at the same time, intended for caterers supplying mobile vans and convenience stores; and intermediate level three automated systems, which can produce up to 48 packs per minute – designed for medium-sized businesses such as airline caterers or large garden center chains.

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