Non-rigid packaging handling, quality control and track-and-trace applications are being improved by advances in sensor technology.
From stand-up pouches packed in bliss boxes to plastic clam shells shrink-wrapped together, the size, shape and materials used to package a product are becoming increasingly diverse. To accommodate this diversity, packaging automation is becoming more intelligent to support a greater number of SKUs on production lines. With the accelerating pace of packaging automation comes greater need to safeguard packaging equipment.
With years of industry experience and a portfolio of over 30,000 products, Banner Engineering has the knowledge and product depth required to support increased automation and greater diversity in packaging. We are experts in advanced optics, LED, laser, and photoelectric circuits, offering high performance sensors that solve the most challenging packaging applications. We offer the industry’s most complete line of machine safety products, protecting personnel and equipment with the highest level of safety without compromising productivity. Our expanding offering of LED lights and indicators provide years of bright illumination and status indication.
Segments of the Packaging Industry
Consumer packaging is available in a broad range of styles, materials, sizes and shapes, requiring flexible packaging machinery and automated quality controls. Banner has the industry knowledge and product depth required to support increased automation and greater diversity.
The increasing popularity of retail friendly and consumer oriented packaging poses many challenges to packaging equipment. Our industry knowledge and expertise in sensors, LED lights and indicators allow us to solve many of the most challenging secondary packaging applications.
From regulating the flow of packed cases as they are conveyed to the palletizer to protecting personnel and equipment at machine access points, Banner products solve packaging problems at the end of the line.
The company was experiencing several quality control issues—bottles were coming off the line with missing, skewed and double labels. As a result, the customer was scrapping over 2,000 bottles a month, a process which requires them to cut out the mislabeled portion of the bottles and re-grind the plastic for reuse. Further, the labeling errors began prompting serious customer complaints. To avoid scrapping additional bottles and losing loyal customers, the company came to Banner for a label inspection solution.
Bottles incorrectly packed into bliss trays for sale in club stores did not properly display product labels and had to be returned to the company.
Hamer, LLC is a Minnesota-based manufacturer of automated packaging equipment for a wide variety of applications and world-wide customers. From pet food to pellet fuels, Hamer machinery packages products in a variety of weights and sizes at speeds up to 60 bags per minute. A vital component of Hamer’s equipment is registration mark sensing—the ability to detect marks on packaging as it passes at high speeds. When a mark is detected, the equipment cuts the packaging at the designated location, eliminating waste and ensuring each bag is consistent.
A leading manufacturer of conveying equipment designs and builds high-quality, low-cost conveyance solutions. The pallet equipment they develop is expected to reliably convey, palletize and depalletize thousands of pallets and unit loads annually. This equipment must be able to sense a wide range of different pallet types and sizes to ensure the proper packing and unpacking of pallets and avoid line slow-downs, pallet crashes and collapses.
The customer was looking for a single-output solution that senses packages quickly, is easy to install and maintain, and was affordable enough to buy in bulk quantities if needed.
A leading manufacturer of labeling equipment offers high-speed shrink sleeve label applicators designed to process 800 bottles per minute. To maximize the machine’s performance potential, the company wanted to install sensors capable of consistent detection and output for high-speed bottling.
Algus Packaging Inc. is a leader in the heat seal and thermoform packaging industry. They design, develop and manufacture high-performance sealing machines, thermoformed packaging and offer full service contract packaging. The machinery and services offered by Algus provide their customers with the ability to change and grow as business needs dictate, now and in the future.