October 26, 2023
Automation is crucial in the effort to reduce changeover times and minimize errors. Below are a few different methods of automating changeovers for the packaging industry.
Robotic Changeover Systems
Robotic systems can be programmed to perform tasks like tooling changeouts, adjustments, and setup procedures. Automating these otherwise manual processes can significantly reduce changeover time and the chance of human error. Robotic changeover systems can also be integrated with sensors and vision systems to ensure accurate positioning and alignment, to further enhance reliability and reduce the need for human oversight.
Computerized Control Systems
Advanced control systems, such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, offer an extremely reliable method of automating changeovers. These systems enable operators to acquire, store and analyze performance data of connected sensors and network devices. With this data, abnormal performance can be detected early and preventative maintenance can be performed. This helps entirely avoid unplanned downtime and significantly reduce the total amount of downtime for a given packaging line.