To win in a world of mass customization, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer and omnichannel strategies, you need machinery that's built to adapt. Today's consumers expect to get the products they want, when they want them – often personalized to their individual tastes and preferences.
To meet this challenge, progressive machine builders are delivering machinery that adapts to the products being made and packaged, rather than forcing products to conform to a rigidly sequential process.
This is the adaptive machine.
Independently controlled shuttles allow the adaptive machine to change product format on-the-fly with no lost productivity.
Changeovers are pushbutton fast and fully automated, with no tools, change parts or human intervention.
A production line can even be readily reconfigured to run new products, thanks to a modular design and the use of a digital twin to simulate the new operations.
Flexible track layouts, load-balanced parallel processing, full-speed merging and dividing of product flow, perfectly synchronized robots: The adaptive machine handles higher volumes of shorter runs with greater product variability.
There's no need for queuing or buffers, for an even smaller footprint. Digital twins optimize configuration up front and allow easy adaptation to future requirements.
With the adaptive machine, there's no compromise between flexibility and performance.
Tight synchronization of independently controlled shuttles leads to higher throughput and greater productivity.
Replace rigidly timed sequential processes with dynamic, responsive solutions – and discover new dimensions of efficiency and productivity.
The adaptive machine supports digital business strategies with the ability to deliver cost-effective, automated, make-to-order mass customization for the first time ever. Manufacturers can now offer personalized, even batch-size-one order fulfillment directly from the production line to the consumer.
The marketplace is seeing more and more adaptive machine designs arise to meet specific packaging challenges. Many make ingenious use of adaptive machine attributes to deliver innovative new solutions. Here are a few of our favorite examples.
Ronchi adaptive bottle unscrambler performs fast, frequent automated changeovers.
JLS Automation robotic cartoner uses intelligent track system to adjust carton size on the fly.
Makro rotary labeler uses dual tracks to adjust container and label size on the fly.
Goglio adaptive vacuum bag packaging line for powder, granular and chunk products.
IMA Automation uses digital twin to accurately simulate adaptive machine performance.
Krones bottling on demand achieves batch-size-one production to consumer order.
PFM poucher leverages intelligent track technology to perform format changes in seconds.
R.A. Jones cartoner uses track technology to handle multiple product types, carton sizes, infeed rates.
Scaligera sausage sleever increases flexibility, speed and quality through adaptive machine technology.
Wolf top closing machine gently handles sustainable paper bags with intelligent track technology.
Loupe robotic case packer uses track system to run different product configurations without any changes in hard tooling.
ABB Concept: robots, cobots and track interact to automate batch-size-one customization.
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