At this years interpack 2017 Theegarten-Pactec will be proudly presenting their solutions in the field of digitalization and machine networking. In future, customers will have all the advantages of a new user interface concept, making machine operation a great deal easier. As well as intuitive control of the machines by way of touchscreens, this will include mirroring of the interface onto mobile terminals too. As part of the ChoConnect co-operation project, the company will also be demonstrating, in the form of a practical example, how machines from different manufacturers can be linked together in one line, thereby delivering a major boost to efficiency of the line as a whole.
As far back as interpack 2014, Theegarten-Pactec were already exhibiting the latest in modern operating systems and possibilities for the networking of packaging machines and packaging lines. Since then, the company has powered ahead with developments in this sector, so that all the machines on the Theegarten-Pactec stand are now fitted as standard with the new machine control system and the new concept user interface. The larger display and the intelligent presentation of data allow for an excellent overview and easy operation of the machines. Even less experienced operators can control the line with complete confidence, thanks to the intuitive display of the machine status and the procedure instructions. The machines are equipped with sensors for this purpose, which make the data available for assessment. This includes aspects such as the support of maintenance and cleaning processes and active indications of service and maintenance intervals by way of the machine itself.
Thanks to integration of the user interface in mobile terminals, it will be possible in future for the machine data to be called up and processed from anywhere in the world. This means that customers can access important data at any time, such as machine status, run times, cleaning and maintenance cycles, or machine efficiency. Users can then specifically have significant sensor and machine data, such as air humidity and yield, displayed graphically in correlation to one another, before drawing conclusions with regard to any adjustments necessary, and so ensure high productivity. “Making production processes transparent, being able to call up important data any time at all, analyze it correctly, and then being able to initiate the right operational steps, all provide huge potential in boosting efficiency”, says Managing Director Markus Rustler. This also includes further development in the direction of self-diagnosis and guides to fault rectification, trouble-shooting, and cleaning by way of touchpanels and graphic representation on the display. As well as this, medium-term aims are achieving condition monitoring and further improved analysis of production data, such as overall system efficiency and utilization levels. Other areas of interest are self-regulation of the machines, for example if products are in an incorrect position in the packaging process, or even easier format changeover.
In addition to all this, Theegarten-Pactec are also exhibiting solutions for the networking of complete systems. So as to offer customers a total package, the company has secured co-operation agreements with partner concerns as well: within the framework of the ChoConnect project, Theegarten-Pactec are presenting, together with Winkler Dünnebier, Sollich and Chocotech, Loesch Verpackungstechnik, and Bosch Rexroth, possibilities of cross-manufacturer, machine-to-machine communication. The solution presented here networks a production line for chocolate which is made up of machines from the partner companies. The machines, linked in a chain by advanced communication technology, can be run and controlled by just a few operators, or even only one, by way of a single terminal or a mobile terminal unit. Visitors can gain an overall picture of this practical example of technology at work across the different stands, including on the Theegarten-Pactec stand, in the Industry 4.0 section.