Harpak-ULMA debuts Trave production line
Harpak-ULMA, which offers complete packaging line solutions for food, medical, bakery and industrial products, has introduced its latest smart, connected packaging solution — the Trave line, built by G. Mondini. It utilizes Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture (Allen-Bradley) production control and information system.
Harpak-ULMA also announced G. Mondini’s commitment to standardizing on a single automation platform in North America. The move reflects a growing awareness that a smart, connected automation platform delivers significant competitive advantages over traditional automation approaches — which often embody a mix of components from different automation suppliers.
Kevin Roach, Harpak-ULMA’s CEO, stated that the updated Trave line also represents a great opportunity to highlight Harpak-ULMA’s Augmented Reality strategy.
“I have tremendous respect for Giovanni’s brilliant intuition — he has a knack for identifying the next big thing that will shake up the packaging industry,” Roach said. “Adopting a smart, connected strategy in North American operations helps solidify Harpak-ULMA’s thought leadership by delivering real value for customers.”
The Integrated Architecture platform dramatically accelerates and eases integration with advanced software applications, such as augmented reality (AR). Harpak-ULMA’s deployment of PTC’s Vuforiaâ AR software, part of the FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, guides staff maintenance or production activities through 3D step-by-step work instructions using available tablets, smartphones, or glasses. AR applications reduce staff learning curves while improving maintenance outcomes.
Standardizing on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture platform for controls offers several immediate, tangible producer benefits. Allen-Bradley replacement parts and controls technicians are widely available through the company’s extensive distribution network. Such widespread availability, combined with easy access and modification of the control’s software, means producers have more options when it comes to resolving maintenance issues that might otherwise result in extended line downtimes, or limit them to more costly repair options. In addition, the combination of rich information access and easier integration with other systems is proving attractive to producers that place a premium on the competitive advantages of a more connected enterprise.
For more on Harpak-ULMA, visit the company’s website.