The packaging and processing industries meet this week at the Pack Expo trade show in Chicago.
Among the exhibitors at the show, which is produced by PMMI – the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies – and runs Oct. 23-26, Emerson highlights some of its pneumatic products.
Smart pneumatic sensors are proving to be highly effective sustainability tools that can help members of the packing industry reliably save energy, reduce costs, and meet ambitious targets. Emerson’s AVENTICS Series AF2 airflow sensor has successfully improved the energy efficiency of packaging equipment in a variety of applications, including food and beverage, personal care, and even labels. Emerson now offers a high-flow model of this advanced sensor that propels compressed air monitoring beyond individual machines to benefit larger air lines and systems. This expanded capability allows operators to easily optimize energy consumption across an entire packaging facility and improve overall plant sustainability.
Showcased at Pack Expo in booth N-4736, the new Series AF2 high-flow model is available as a stand-alone device to monitor air consumption in pneumatic pipe systems. Much more than a flowmeter, the Series AF2 high-flow model allows packaging customers to access actionable insights such as flow, pressure, and temperature into machine data in larger air lines and systems. This configuration detects leaks in real time, allowing operators to take fast action to address them.
The Series AF2 determines not only flow but also the current pressure of the feed line, enabling advanced diagnosis of the system’s operating parameters. There are two piped options of the Series AF2 high-flow version: 1.5-inch and 2-inch diameters. The flow ranges of the Series AF2 high-flow version can be configured to the AVENTICS AS family of air preparation units. Data can also be communicated directly via an Ethernet interface, allowing compressed air flow consumption to be passed directly to the relevant system without requiring control of the machine.
The Series AF2 high-flow version has an integrated analysis option and open interfaces and can be directly interpreted by many controllers, making it a highly flexible solution. Operators can utilize the sensor to monitor air consumption in their pipe system according to DIN ISO 50001, providing actionable insights that enable them to optimize energy consumption and prevent machine downtime. The product has several communication options, including IO-link, analog, OPC UA, and MQTT.
For more information, visit www.emerson.com/en-us/catalog/aventics-af2.
From conveying to assembly, many applications in today’s packaging lines can benefit from the energy efficiency and power of electrical linear motion. Emerson’s AVENTICS Series SPRA electric rod-style linear actuator is a cost-effective, high-performance solution offering the enhanced load capacity, accuracy, and reliability consumer packaged goods companies need to maximize productivity.
In addition to providing outstanding precision and repeatability, the Series SPRA is also extremely versatile and flexible, with a choice of three different screw technologies that allow implementation within a wide range of applications and can meet the exacting packaging application requirements. Compliance with the ISO-15552 standard, online selection tools, and a wide range of mounting accessories ensures the appropriate implementation.
For more information, visit https://www.emerson.com/en-us/automation/fluid-control-pneumatics/pneumatic-cylinders-and-actuators.
Emerson’s new CIP Utilities & Automated Reporting Analytics package delivers utilities monitoring and automated reporting for clean-in-place and steam-in-place applications.
The package, designed for food and beverage industries, can be delivered via PACEdge or Movicon. The software aids in digitally transforming manual and semiautomated systems by optimizing utilities consumption, benchmarking against a known cycle, and generating automated reports. Equipped with the right data and analytics, plant managers, operators, and maintenance personnel can view the information on a dashboard and share the insights with sustainability officers and other stakeholders to optimize their clean-in-place cycles. This information can reduce energy consumption and improve productivity in a single system or throughout a facility.
For more information, vist www.emerson.com/en-us/automation/advanced-industry-software/food-beverage-iiot-solutions.