Digital Enterprise – The next step for packaging
We usually provide information on this website about what our highlights for the packaging industry are at the leading trade fair interpack. Hopefully, interpack will take place again in 2023 as a global industry get-together. Our highlights are also available during this:
The packaging industry continuously faces new challenges. There are new trends in machine building, new requirements from producers and machine buyers but also regulatory changes. Therefore, it becomes increasingly crucial to develop future-proof machine concepts, business models and services in a digitalized and networked industry - both for machine builders and for plant operators.
With the slogan „Digital Enterprise – The next step for packaging“ we show you how Siemens can be part of your success in the age of digital change.
Please also note our offer of free webinars in the #PackTalks Series.
Use data flexibly with cloud and edge computing
Maybe you are asking yourself whether you should use cloud or edge computing for your next project. We will show you exciting industrial IoT use cases and explain how you can use both worlds strengths meaningfully and successfully. Furthermore, you’ll learn that an extra edge device is not always required, and that PLC and HMI can cover edge functionalities as well.
Visualization for every application with SIMATIC WinCC Unified
SIMATIC WinCC Unified is a completely new visualization system that allows you to overcome the challenges of digitalization in the engineering of packaging machines and plants. The latest hardware and software make this possible, both now and in the future. Tried and tested engineering in the TIA Portal, the latest web technology, and high performance reserves for the coming years.
Scalable solutions – Powerful hardware for every use case
For our customers specialized in packaging machine building we offer modern automation solutions combining sophisticated motion control functionalities with efficient engineering. The best example is our recently launched Motion Control with SIMATIC Drive Controller.
Solutions for plant operators
Besides suitable solutions for machine and line automation, we offer also holistic solutions for plant operators and brand owners. Let’s explore all facets of digitalization – from the digital twin of the product to the whole Digital Enterprise.
Standardization through the Packaging Toolbox
Technology functions are the heart of packaging production machines. Despite the wide variety of machine types, many of these technology functions are identical. So why should we reinvent the wheel every time? From basic functions to complete equipment modules: with the packaging toolbox, Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and tools to support the implementation of International Packaging Standards such as OMAC, Weihenstephan Standards, OPC UA and many other recurrent functions in a Packaging machine as e.g. Intelligent Belt. From engineering to data collection, standardization paves the way for your digitalization journey.
Exciting value of digital twins
One of our highlights is a digital packaging line consisting of three individual digital twins. We have a VFFS machine, a cartoner and palletizer. We will show that a machine builder can get an idea of how the machines work together in a line. No statistical methods are used, but only the real PLC program and the corresponding sensors. Based on the OMAC Mode and State model also errors can be simulated. With the simulated HMI and the complete digital line, machine operators can be conveniently and effectively trained on operations and troubleshooting, even before the machines are installed in the shop-floor.
Developing packaging machines easily with the Modular Application Creator
With the Modular Application Creator high-quality machine projects can be generated based on predefined & tested modules. These modules are selected according to the type of machine and merged according to the "plug & play" principle. To adapt a machine to the customer's requirements, just select the modules and configure them according to the specification. The predefined modules include features, which are often used for packaging machines like intelligent belt, or packaging standards like Weihenstephan or OMAC. Download the Modular Application Creator for free and generate the plc code for a TIA Portal project now.
Controlling packaging machines precisely with standard handling applications
When it comes to kinematics, standard applications for handling functions provide many helpful features. Besides easy configuration masks and 3D visualizations in TIA Portal, there is a predefined HMI faceplate available supporting major commissioning functions like jogging, referencing or monitoring of zones. We also provide applications to program path motions in a command list or even use textual language.
Evolving monomaterials through digitalization
How can lightweight, flexible packaging with low CO2 emissions be made from recyclable materials?
This question is one of the hottest topics in the packaging industry today. How can digitalization help deliver innovations that support the development of sustainable packaging? Bossar Packaging S.A., a leading companyn Designers and manufacturers of packaging machines with a horizontal shape for filling and sealing and Siemens asked themselves this question.