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piSMART® vacuum technology in packaging industry

piSMART® elevates packaging to Industry 4.0

Date 01/03/2018

Offering a new level of control, piSMART® vacuum equipment makes packaging smarter.

Taby, Sweden – Elevating packaging lines to the intelligence levels promised by Industry 4.0, Piab is introducing piSMART® versions of its most advanced vacuum technology products. Focused on maximised productivity and energy-efficiency, piSMART® vacuum equipment places new cloud-based analysis tools in the hands of operators.

Building on intelligent features already available in some of Piab's vacuum equipment, piSMART® will offer a new level of control that underpins the pillars of Industry 4.0. For the packaging industry this means that large amounts of output data regarding, for instance, vacuum level changes can be collected and compared with data easily accessed from the cloud, offering highly intelligent Leakage Warning systems etc. Similarly, cycle counting features can reveal if the number of "picks per minute" is dropping over time, potentially indicating performance issues relating to a build-up of dirt or blocked filters.

Such "big data" analysis procedures will include auto tuning, condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, simulations and real-time adjustments, based on existing Piab features such as Automatic Level Determination (ALD), Automatic Condition Monitoring (ACM), Intelligent Blow-Off (IBO), Self-Adhesion Control (SAC) and Energy Saving (ES).

Piab's adoption of the generic and fieldbus-independent IO-Link is an important key to the interoperability required in Industry 4.0 processing units. IO-Link is available in piCOMPACT®, the company's flagship all-in-one vacuum ejector series, which is also the first to be offered with the new piSMART® feature. Other high-end vacuum equipment used for packaging and palletising will follow this lead. Piab also plans to extend the piSMART® transformation to include conveyors and lifting systems, elevating also these to the unprecedented levels of optimisation, efficiency and user-friendliness characterising Industry 4.0 factories.

About Piab

Piab provides smart solutions for the automated world, helping thousands of end users and machine producers in e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive and other manufacturing industries to improve energy-efficiency, productivity and working environments. With 430 employees and SEK 1bn in sales 2017, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in almost 70 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. By leveraging the ongoing technological development in automation and robotics, and targeting high-growth segments and geographies, Piab's vision is to become the global leader in gripping and moving solutions.

More information

Häla El Sheemy Washbrook, Vice President Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +46 (0) 8 630 25 74
E-mail: hala.e.washbrook@piab.com

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