Specialist for packaging technology
Faster time-to-market with scalable, modular solutions
The increasing variety of individualized and personalized packaging requires plants to offer maximum flexibility, dynamic response, and reliability in the material and manufacturing flow. From series production down to a batch size of 1: Modular solutions from the Digital Enterprise solution portfolio combined with easy-to-integrate standard applications from Siemens for the packaging industry reduce the time to market and boost plant availability – with efficient engineering and less complexity.
Keeping a tight lid on food safety
In the Italian city of Parma, a company with a long tradition invests in safety technology from Siemens and sees work time savings of 30 % in development and commissioning!
Solutions for machine builders in the packaging industryThe demand for filling and packaging lines is growing worldwide, particularly in emerging and developing countries. The trend toward individualized packaging requires dynamic, flexible plants with high throughput rates. As a specialist for the packaging industry, Siemens offers future-oriented modular solutions as well as complex motion control – even for series production in batch sizes of 1, thanks to the Digital Enterprise portfolio.
Although the requirements for packaging manufacturers are undergoing a rapid transformation, our experts for the packaging industry are thoroughly familiar with the needs of machine builders. As a technology leader, we offer customized scalable solutions for all application areas, along with extensive local and global packaging expertise.
Highlights and hot topics
Standardization, yet maximum freedomState-of-the-art packaging machines and lines are extremely versatile and must provide high throughput rates with the greatest possible degree of ﬂexibility. Investment security and reducing the total cost of ownership are also crucial issues. End customers expect machines from diﬀerent vendors to have the same usability and diagnostics. In addition, standardized access to the machine data from higher-level systems has to be guaranteed to be able to analyze product ﬂow, record machine operating hours or calculate performance data. The key to achieving these objectives is applying international standards.
Support of international standards
We are an active member of the major global organizations for standardization in the production machinery industry, such as OMAC and Weihenstephan. We oﬀer a comprehensive portfolio of software solutions to enable international implementation of packaging standards.
Standardization in the packaging industry
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- Drives common user specifications
- Promotes modular designs
- Reduces development time
- Improves code reusability
- Improves machine supportability
- Protects intellectual property
- Reduces errors during project planning, programming...
- Improves speed to market
- Improves horizontal and vertical integration
- Reduces integration costs, time and variability
- Reduces system life cycle costs and mean time to repair
Convenient engineering with the SIEMENS Packaging Toolbox
Why reinvent the wheel every time? With the Packaging Toolbox, we oﬀer numerous basic functionalities, fully tested standard modules as well as packaging-speciﬁc technology libraries that can be integrated in your existing or new motion control applications along with your own blocks, all with minimal eﬀort.
This increases the availability and ﬂexibility of your production and significantly reduces your engineering and commissioning times.
Digitalization solutions: your benefitsMachine builders nowadays act as solutions providers. They sell productivity and plant availability. For them, the TIA Portal brings together the virtual and the real production world – with modular hardware and software and efficient engineering for maximum cost savings.
The right solution for every requirementWith powerful, efficient, and customized solutions for Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), Siemens is a reliable partner to the packaging industry. From small semi-automatic machines to a high-precision fully automatic application with maximum throughput, the TIA Portal can be used to put together the right system for every application – even for series production in batch sizes of 1: The Siemens Multi-Carrier-System transport solution stands for maximum flexibility because the rigid concatenation of transport paths is eliminated in favor of new freedom and maximum dynamic response.
SIMATIC S7-1500 T-CPU and SINAMICS S210
The advanced SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers with Technology CPUs offer an extended range of motion control functionalities. This makes it possible to implement standard, safety, and more comprehensive motion control applications in a controller in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal). Together with the new and easy-to-use SINAMICS S210 drive system, all applications can be covered in the medium power range.
The expanded motion control functionalities include gearing and camming. The integrated Cam Editor offers support with the graphical and tabular configuration and the optimization of cams. It is even possible to adjust and calculate the cams in the user program during operation (e.g. during product changes).
SIMOTION and SINAMICS S120
In Version 4.5, the software for the high-end SIMOTION motion control system is equipped with object-oriented programming (OOP) as well as communications via open platform communications unified architecture (OPC UA). As a machine builder, these tools will enable you to implement larger software projects much more efficiently than before and you now have standardized access to SIMOTION data across all automation levels, including the cloud.
The modular SINAMICS S120 drive offers a wide range of perfectly coordinated components and functions, including powerful single drives and coordinated drives (multiple-axis applications) with vector and servo functionality, and enables the implementation of customized solutions.
SIMATIC controller with V90
Siemens solutions for standard packaging tasks have impressive features, including less complexity and lower lifecycle costs because they are based on standardized and perfectly coordinated components.
The modular design and ready-made easily adaptable software libraries ensure maximum flexibility and short changeover times. The open automation structures are based on cost-effective drive integration via motion control functions and PROFIdrive.