Why packaging machines need to talk to each other - PMMI

By Rory Harrington

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Why packaging machines need to talk to each other - PMMI
The growth in machine-to-machine communication systems in the packaging sector is an opportunity industry players should take full advantage of, says North American trade association PMMI.

Tom Egan, vice president of industry services at the packaging machinery body, told FoodProductionDaily.com the technology makes it possible for engineers to gather and analyse performance data in real time from packing lines that allows them to optimise operating efficiencies and maximise uptime.

He outlines the advantages of PACK ML, the packaging machine language that helps systems from different companies communicate with other, and analyses why take up of the technology is still not as widespread as many believed it would be.

However, Egan urges companies to embrace data collection and cross-machine communication systems, declaring them to be highly effective tools in helping businesses boost efficiency and flexibility – key attributes as the industry continues to become leaner.

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Posted by Mike Mahmoodi,

I enjoyed listing to Tom’s comments on the subject and would like to thank him. The data acquisition from different machines has always been an important aspect of an intelligent and effective machine and system design. Over the years the industry has developed and offered tools that enabled us (the OEM) to covey the statistical data that is of importance to the end user. I would like to ask Tom that what methods of data acquisition he uses or is eluting to?

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