International companies to exhibit at AUSPACK

26 international packaging and processing companies have signed up to be exhibitors at AUSPACK.

Luke Kasprzak, Portfolio Director – Industrial Division, Exhibition and Trade Fairs, said “26 international companies have already booked which will give visitors the opportunity to see the latest global innovations.”

“Having international companies such as Krüger & Salecker, Cama Group, Daxner Pacific, Lothar A.Wolf Spezialmaschinen, Sacmi, Concetti Group, Leibinger and BrauKon as exhibitors, introduces a new offering for the visitors,” Kasprzak said.

“These companies will bring new product ranges and innovations that companies within the Australian Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical industries may have not seen.” he said.

AUSPACK 2015 will be held on 24 – 27 of March at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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International insights from the World Packaging Organisation

The seven international speakers who formed part of the World Packaging Conference at the recent AUSPACK PLUS in Sydney, had some very valuable lessons to share with Australia's packaging community.

At AUSPACK PLUS 2013, the AIP conducted the National Technical Forum with the theme ‘Global Packaging Trends’. The seven international speakers were part of the World Packaging Conference organised by the AIP. These were leaders in their fields from USA, Austria, Indonesia, India, Brazil and South Africa.

The world cannot do without packaging was the core message from Tom Schneider (USA) – president of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The WPO does provide a global advantage under its motto of “Better quality of life through better packaging for more people” and Tom reminded the audience that we as packaging professionals are making a difference, but it starts with education.

Jin Zhe (Jack) from the World Packaging Centre (China) spoke on the scale of the changes and future of the Chinese packaging industry. The value of the Chinese packaging industry was $248 billion in 2012 or 50 percent of the world’s output and growing.

Dr. Johannes Bergmair of the Austrian Packaging Institute presented Packaging and Food Safety on a Global Level. This presentation was full of alerts to packaging and food technologists about the risks to food safety with the core message being “the problem is already out there.” There is relevant legislation in many parts of the world but there is little cohesion between them and they are not complimentary.

Global Trends in Packaging in Indonesia and Within the Region was the presentation from Ariana Susanti of the Indonesian Packaging Federation. Our nearest neighbour has geographical challenges of 17,500 islands and 250 million people, which affect the required packaging formats to serve its culturally diverse people with the limited supply chain resources. The radically changing retail environment provides another dimension.

Professor Narayan C. Saha represented the Indian Institute of Packaging and spoke on Economical, Social and Ecological Aspect of Packaging and Indian Market Potential. With a population 55 times that of Australia, diverse food habits, economic growth rates of 6.9 percent, an emerging middle class and booming retail market, India has addressed its ecological aspects across the country. Government controls on certain packaging formats are being applied. Rural India, where 74 percent of the people reside, is the “challenge of distribution – the market for the future.”

Luciana Pellegrino represented the Brazilian Packaging Association on the topic of Packaging as a Marketing Tool – Global Approach. The marketing strategy of a brand has to be materialised to consumers through its packages, Luciana insisted. For consumers, packaging and product are one single element that cannot be disassociated. Luciana’s last and most telling comment was the impact that an online presence can have on influencing consumers’ buying decisions. Be online; be connected with the real world.

Keith Pearson provided the closing presentation on Discovering the Missing Link – Sustainable Advances in the Packaging Supply Chain, which was directed at all parties in the packaging industry, encouraging them to change the way they think and act. Food waste is becoming an increasing concern for consumers and industry members, with the former buying more than is needed and the latter often not packaging their products appropriately.

Keith shed light on the implications of our growing waste, especially in regards to sustainability, with one-third of global food production lost or wasted annually. His messages were simple: good packaging saves food; and recycling is not about removing waste but extending a material’s value and usability. A fine end to a global review of packaging.

Ralph Moyle MAIP
National President
Australian Institute of Packaging


APPMA Awards of Excellence winners announced

The recent AUSPACK PLUS exhibition in Sydney played host to the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence, announced on 8 May.

The biennial awards recognise innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions, with categories including Export Achievement, Design Achievement, Customer Partnership, Imported Equipment and Best New Product, as well as the APPMA Scholarship. 

The Scholarship offers a packaging engineer the opportunity to enrol in the AIP Diploma in Packaging Technology – an internationally recognised and accredited course.

This year, the Scholarship was presented to Jamie Schellebeck, packaging engineer at Amcor Fibre Packaging.

Other award winners include:

The recipient of the Export Achievement award is a company which has made a worthwhile contribution to an existing or new export market.

The 2013 APPMA Export Achievement Award was presented to JMP Engineering for its corner board applicator and stretch wrapping system.

The corner board applicator is designed to automatically apply any size corner board, on any size pallet with product, then automatically stretch wrap and top sheet. The system is a solution to an awkward manual process that improves safety and potentially reduces operating costs.

The Design Achievement award recognises the development of a packaging or processing line or module that results in the significant advancement of packaging and processing machinery technology by either introducing a new idea or modifying an existing principle.

The 2013 APPMA Design Achievement Award was presented to Fibre King for the RPC GS Erector.

The RPC GS Erector is Fibre King’s low cost automation solution for the erecting of Reusable Plastic Crates (RPCs). Its detailed design development has led to a simpler machine, better matched to customer’s needs, reduced capital cost, improved up time, and resultant increased sales. The RPC GS Erector promotes use of recycled packaging solutions leading to lower environmental impact.

The Customer Partnership award has a major emphasis on the customisation of packaging and processing machinery which is required to suit a customer’s individual needs. The winner, individual or team will be able to demonstrate that the end user has experienced increased sales, increased plant efficiency and profitability.

The 2013 APPMA Customer Partnership Award was presented to JMP Engineering for its automatic palletising and stretch wrapping system designed for Pepsico Group.

The system is an automatic palletising and stretch wrapping system, in one. It's a combined and compact total system which automatically palletises any shape and size product, on any size pallet, and automatically stretch wraps within a compact cell, with rates of up to 80 pallets per hour.

The Imported Equipment award is to recognise the efforts of an APPMA Member or a Company eligible to be a APPMA Member who promotes their overseas principal’s equipment in the Australian market.

The 2013 APPMA Imported Equipment Award was presented to JMP Engineering for the Kawasaki manufacture and supplied robots that are integrated into JMP Engineering turnkey solutions.

The Best New Product award is designed to recognise the most innovative product or equipment in the packaging and processing industry that is launched in Australia for the first time during AUSPACK PLUS 2013.

The 2013 APPMA Best new Product Award winner is Machinery Automation & Robotics (MAR) for the Singulator.

The Singulator provides a simple answer to the requirement in packaging and processing environments for high speed sorting of products from a group of individual items in random orientations into a single stream.

The innovative design, requiring minimal floor space, encompasses a series of 90 degree turns as guided by belt conveyors, sequentially running at increasing travel rates to allow for gap creation and singulation of product units.

Packaging change: how far we’ve come

Ralph Moyle, national president at the AIP, says happy birthday to the APPMA and reflects on 30 years of change in Australia's packaging industry.

Congratulations to the APPMA from the AIP on reaching 30 years. The value the APPMA has brought to the Australian packaging industry over these years is immense and nothing displays this better than the quality of AUSPACK PLUS. 

Thirty years ago, Australia was a very different place. In 1983, Malcolm Fraser was PM until replaced by Bob Hawke in a landslide; Ash Wednesday bush fires claimed 71 people, Australia II won the America's cup and the Australian dollar was floated; and Hawthorn defeated Essendon for the VFL premiership. Yes, it was a while ago.

Packaging in Australia 1983 was predominantly cans, glass and corrugated cardboard. Cartons did not yet have to have barcodes and plastics were in their infancy. Materials were simple mono-based and environmental/sustainable factors were not prominent. Today, the range of packaging formats is vast. The materials are composite and are designed to suit a purpose.

A packaging technologist today has to ensure packaging is not only 'fit for purpose', but is also lighter, sustainable, environmentally friendly and accessible to all ages, while meeting the rigors of a fast and extensive supply chain. Packing lines run faster than ever and inventory movements are smaller and express.

APPMA and the AIP have shared many links over this period. The Foundation Treasurer of the APPMA was also a Fellow of the AIP – Robert Brook. We continue this fine tradition of sharing today.

Knowledge is the core to working successfully in this fast changing world and "Packaging Education" is the mantra of the AIP. We believe in training our members in the latest trends and technical developments from around the world.

Through improved packaging education, Australian packaging technologists can continue to make significant commercial and social impacts.

The AIP applauds the APPMA's 30th year milestone and we look forward to working together for another 30 years.


Australia must be part of the global packaging community

Australia can’t operate in a vacuum, and must be part of the global market, Ralph Moyle, president at the Australian Institute of Packaging explains.

We all know the words and have sung them countless times: “We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea.” This extract from our proud Advance Australia Fair anthem remind us of our richness and isolation. But as our manufacturing base continues to shrink, we must be alert to the core fact that we are part of the global community and not just the “Land Down Under”- whether we like it or not.

The global market is not uniform or always fair. Every region has its own challenges and opportunities. Australia does share some of the trends of the global market, but not all of them. Globally, the demand from emerging markets is a growth area while low growth, low investment and price conscious consumers limit traditional markets.

Australia is a mature market and many local manufacturers are challenged by the high Australian dollar. Aspects that affect packaging performance in the manufacturing, supply chain as well as retail sectors will continue to be important as companies zone in on getting more out of every section of their business for less cost. With this directive, lighter, faster, consistent materials and designs will succeed. The usual features of being environmentally friendly, retailer friendly and accessable to a wider group of consumers are no longer exceptions but the rule and are necessities in being accepted by today’s very educated and discerning consumer.

World Packaging Organisation: National Technical Forum
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is assisting our manufacturing community by reinforcing the importance of packaging as a strategic social, economic and commercial tool. Several years ago, the AIP became an active member of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), thus becoming part of the global packaging community.

We now have the WPO in Sydney as part of our National Technical Forum at AUSPACK PLUS 2013 on Thursday,  9 May. The AIP is bringing together remarkably diverse cultures that are eager to learn from each other on how to employ and improve packaging for their people. The WPO board members will be our presenters at the not-to-be-missed National Technical Forum.

With the theme ‘Global Packaging Trends’ and international speakers from the World Packaging Organisation coming to present from countries incluincluding Brazil, Austria, India, South Africa, Indonesia and the United States of America, the AIP National Technical Forum will be a must-attend event on the 2013 calendar.

Speakers and topics
Keith Pearson, general secretary, World Packaging Organisation will be speaking about ‘Discovering the missing link: sustainable advances in the packaging supply chain.’ Pearson is based in South Africa. 
Patrick Farrey, executive director, Institute of Packaging Professionals, will be presenting a paper on ‘Economical, social and ecological aspects of packaging and the American market potential.’ Farrey is based in the United States of America.

Dr Johannes Bergmair, head of Life Science, Food Packaging, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products, will be discussing ‘Packaging and food safety: the Global Approach.’ Dr Bergmair is based in Austria.

Thomas L Schneider, CPP, president, World Packaging Organisation, will be talking about ‘WPO: A global advantage.’ Schneider is also based in the United States of America.

Ariana Susanti, business development director, Indonesian Packaging Federation, will be presenting a paper on ‘Global trends in packaging in Indonesia and within the region.’ Susanti is based in Indonesia. 

Professor Narayan Saha, director & principal executive officer, Indian Institute of Packaging, will present a paper on ‘Economical, social and ecological aspects of packaging and the Indian market potential.’ Professor Saha is based in India.

Luciana Pellegrino, executive director, ABRE – Brazilian Packaging Association will be presenting a paper on ‘Packaging and marketing: global approach.’ Pellegrino is based in Brazil.

How to attend
The 2013 AIP National Technical Forum is open to members and non-members and there are limited seats available. Visit our events section on for an online booking form.

There is a big wide world of global packaging out there and every manufacturer, big or small, has something to learn. So please join us at the National Technical Forum and share in this very valuable experience.


AUSPACK PLUS to be opened by NSW minister for Fair Trading

Anthony Roberts, minister for Fair Trading, will be officially opening next week's AUSPACK PLUS event, the largest biennial packaging and processing machinery and materials exhibition in Australia.

Roberts will be opening the show with Mark Dingley, APPMA chairman, at 9am on Tuesday 7 May at the Sydney Showgrounds.

Luke Kasprzak, event manager, said "The owners of AUSPACK PLUS, the APPMA, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and it should be proud that it has continued to grow the exhibition over the last three decades. Having the Honourable Anthony Roberts to officially open AUSPACK PLUS is apt for this special anniversary year for the APPMA."

Roberts said he was honoured to be opening the show.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals government is committed to encouraging a strong and innovative packaging and processing sector and I look forward to opening the event which showcases the latest technology the industry has to offer," he said.

AUSPM PLUS will be held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 May, 2013.

Mark Dingley recently spoke with Food mag about the APPMA's 30th anniversary, reflecting on how the industry has changed over the year's and where it's headed. Read more here.


APPMA celebrates and reflects on 30 years

This year, the APPMA is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and according to chairman, Mark Dingley, now is the time for all manufacturers to prepare for what lies ahead. Danielle Bowling reports.

Let's be honest. Manufacturers – regardless of which industry segment they belong to – are facing tough times. The high Australian dollar, competition from cheap imports brought in from international markets and growing pressure from the supermarket duopoly are all making business a very hard slog for our homegrown brands.

But that doesn't mean the future is bleak. According to chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Mark Dingley, these tough times mean manufacturers – and therefore suppliers to the industry, including APPMA members – need to get on the front-foot and adapt their business models accordingly.

AUSPACK PLUS, which is owned by the APPMA, is Australia's largest packaging and processing machinery, materials and technology exhibition and is the perfect opportunity for manufacturers to not only network with both Australian and international industry members, but see the latest and greatest in technological advancements in packaging and processing machinery from around the world on display, all under one roof.

The biennial event will this month be held at the Sydney Showground, boasting more than 1,200 brands and 302 exhibitors, of which 72 are international exhibitors, all across more than 7,000 square metres of floor space.

It's a record year for the event, which first kicked off in 1985, with the largest ever number of exhibitors taking the floor over the four days from 7 to 10 May, 2013. 

Exhibitors this year spruiking their wares and sharing their expertise include packaging and processing machinery companies, plastics manufacturers, processing equipment suppliers and leading labelling and coding agencies from across Australasia.


Now and then
As well as helping manufacturers from across the globe to connect and learn from each others' experiences, this year's AUSPACK PLUS is being held in the same year that the APPMA is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

"The APPMA formed 30 years ago. The main focus was to provide Australian manufacturers with an Association of members that upheld ethical and quality standards from a packaging machinery point of view," Mark Dingley, APPMA chairman told Food magazine.

"The main focus of the Association back then, and still the case today, is to represent the packaging and processing machinery industry at a very high calibre trade show, which has become known now as AUSPACK PLUS." 

Today, the Association has an increased focus, not just on packaging machinery, but also on processing, and both of these elements of manufacturing will be focussed on at AUSPACK PLUS, which over its 30 years has created a loyal following and a well-respected reputation.

"Both the Association and AUSPACK PLUS have significantly grown over the last 30 years. AUSPACK PLUS has become the premier packaging, processing machinery and materials show in Australia. The show was sold out months ago, which demonstrates the true strength of the event and the acceptance of a trade show run by the industry for the industry," he says.

"What AUSPACK PLUS represents is a premium packaging and processing machinery and materials show … where the best technologies from around the world can be seen in one space."

Moving forward
Dingley [pictured below], who's been on the APPMA board since 2002 and is also general manager of operations at Matthews Australasia, which will also be exhibiting at AUSPACK PLUS, says the manufacturing industry today is being faced with a lot of changes and challenges.

"The industry has changed significantly in recent years, and I think, from an Association point of view, we need to change with the times as well. We need to stay relevant for our members and for the industry.

"We read about the pressures that manufacturers are facing daily, in the newspapers, in trade magazines, on the news at night. It obviously has a flow-on effect to our members. So if manufacturing is hurting in Australia then our members hurt.

"The impact of the high Australian dollar and the effect it has on manufacturing exports has been talked about a lot. So we are seeing manufacturing having to change in Australia. We are having to adapt to the new ways of doing business and the impacts that they might have moving forward," Dingley explains.

Part of this adaptation is the continued embracement of automation, something which all manufacturers have had to consider in today's technology-driven world.

"They have to do things faster and leaner. There are a lot of lean projects going on at the moment. Quality has to stand out, not just because of the cheaper imports, but also because of consumer expectations. Consumers expect more. So a lot of manufacturing is faced with the need to upgrade, to produce at a lower cost but still maintain a higher quality."

With quality front of mind for both industry members and consumers, it's somewhat ironic that another growing trend in the industry is consolidation. Manufacturers' growing reliance on equipment, which often delivers efficiency and productivity benefits beyond what humans are capable of, means that products and machines are, innevitably, replacing people.

"Manufacturing and production is changing. Plants are being consolidated. Where there may have been three plants previously, there may now only be one," says Dingley.

"But that one plant now needs to be not only a lot more automated, but also more flexible as it is doing the same job that three plants did 10 or 15 years ago."

Yes, consolidation and automation might be growing trends in the industry today, but if conditions are so difficult at the moment, can Australian manufacturers really afford to be investing in the latest and greatest new technologies?

"It's a case of perhaps they can't afford not to," says Dingley.  "To survive, production lines have to be a lot more productive, efficient and flexible to cope with the quickest change-over times between products. Yes, there may be some investment required, but the output is what's important. [Manufacturers] have to work on being more productive. They have to work on efficiency improvements which will help them to get their return on investment from upgrading to these new pieces of machinery.

"There are cost pressures involved but manufacturers are looking for more than just the best price, they're looking for productivity and efficiency across the board. It's a big discussion point at a lot of meetings that the APPMA is involved in and which our members are having.

"We are having to demonstrate that new machinery really is going to deliver on a whole range of the KPIs which production lines are currently being tested against."

Dingley says AUSPACK PLUS is the perfect opportunity for the industry's decision makers to see all the products that they've researched and read about in the flesh, so to speak.

"The worldwide web makes information more accessible these days, with technical information on machinery now readily available, at any time of the day or night. 

"Manufacturers certainly do their homework. They understand the machinery, but at AUSPACK PLUS, in one place, they get to see and compare all the machinery that they may be looking at and which they have researched online. They can come to the show, see the equipment right there in front of them, and therefore review the functionality and human interface which cannot be experienced on a web page. 

"More importantly, visitors can then discuss face to face with the suppliers their requirements. AUSPACK PLUS allows visitors to round-off their research," Dingley says.

What lies ahead
So what do the next 30 years look like for the APPMA? Dingley told Food magazine that the Association, just like its members, is in no position to look that far ahead – or at least with any real certainty.

"I don't think anyone these days and in this environment can predict with true confidence what lies ahead, 30 years from now. I think what's important is the next five to 10 years, and then the next five to 10 years after that. 

"I know we'd all like to think that we'll have businesses that are relevant in 30 years' time but it will take a lot of hard work. Certainly the Association is going to be here for another 30 years, to grow AUSPACK PLUS and to support our growing member services as well.

"Let's put it this way: Australians are  resilient people. We don't have a large manufacturing base, but it is certainly an important manufacturing base to Australia and to the economy. Yes, we're going to see continuous change, because at the end of the day the manufacturing industry is about continuous improvement," says Dingley. 

"Who knows what the next 30 years will bring? But one thing is for certain: it will bring change and every organisation, every business that has a touch-point with manufacturing, regardless of where you sit in the food chain, so to speak, will have to continue to adapt and improve."



AUSPACK PLUS show sold out

AUSPACK PLUS organisers have announced the trade show has sold out and all of the floor space is completely occupied for the 2013 exhibition.

With four weeks still to go until the show, this year has the largest amount of exhibitors in the event’s history.

Event manager Luke Kasprzak said visitors can expect to see over 1100 brands and 302 individual exhibitors, including 76 internationals; the largest amount the exhibition has had under one roof.

The show brings together buyers and sellers, who exhibit products and services vital to delivering production line solutions for packaging and processing industries in the Australasian region.

A new product in  show will be the 37 millimetre composite closure, which is used on chicken or fruit essence products.

The A&RT Robot, a newly developed robot palletised designer to automate the handling of packaged products, will also be highlighted.

Its adaptive gripper mimics the movement of a fish’s tail fin to lightly handle delicate materials, unevenly shaped workpieces or components vulnerable to pressure.

Other products include the A-72AO Side Sealed Pallet Strapping Machine for securing package loading on the pallet by vertical PP band or PET strapping, and the BioFlex F1130 and Bioflex F2110, a biodegradable compound for extrusion made from PLA and co-polyester.

The trade show has gradually expanded to the processing and plastics sectors since beginning in 1985.

This year the show is heading to the Sydney Showgrounds at Sydney Olympic Park from May 7th – 10th.

The exhibition is owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA).

Registration is free to all trade visitors.


Broaden your horizons at AUSPACK PLUS 2013

This year, Australia's largest processing machinery, materials and technology exhibition, AUSPACK PLUS, is returning to Sydney, presenting food manufacturers with an invaluable opportunity to network with other industry members and gain an insight into the latest and greatest developments in packaging.

Held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 7 to 10 May, this year AUSPACK PLUS had to expand its venue space by 202sqm due to high exhibitor demand.

Visitors can expect to see over 1,100 brands and 240 exhibitors representing 13 countries, with 58 international exhibitors across more than 7,000sqm of floor space.

The event is owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), and, once again,  a highlight of this year's event will be the AIP Technical Forum, which is taking on a 'Global Packaging Trends' theme and will include presentations from international speakers representing Brazil, Austria, India, South Africa, Indonesia and the United States.

Adding to this international focus will be the WorldStar Packaging awards, held on 9 May at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

The WorldStar awards is one of the major events of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and highlights the best of the best in the international packaging industry.

This year the awards received 316 entries from 33 countries around the world. WorldStars are presented only to those packs which, having already won recognition in a national or regional competitions, are deemed by a panel of judges to be at the top of their game in regards to execution or innovation.

Ralph Moyle, national president of the Australian Institute of Packaging, said hosting the event is a major coup for Australia. "There will be an international contingent of WPO Board members and award winners from across the globe coming to Australia for this event and we would like to extend an invitation to the entire packaging community to be a part of this significant night," he said.

Yet another exciting event accompanying AUSPACK PLUS 2013 is the APPMA Awards of Excellence, announced on 8 May and sponsored by Midway Metals, PKN, Schenker and SMC.

Mark Dingley, Chairman, APPMA, the biennial Awards of Excellence are designed to recognise innovative and outstanding packaging and processing solutions.

“Companies that enter these biennial awards are recognised for their contribution and outstanding achievements against their peers within the wider packaging industry and we encourage everyone to enter,” Mr Dingley said.

Awards categories include Export Achievement Award, Design Achievement Award, Customer Partnership Award, the Imported Equipment Award, Best New Product Award and the APPMA Scholarship which seeks to reward a packaging engineer looking to further his/her education with a scholarship to enrol in the AIP Diploma in Packaging Technology, an internationally recognised and accredited course.

And if that's not enough, visitors to this year's AUSPACK PLUS will have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with thousands of industry professionals from an array of industry sectors – all under the one roof. 

These include:

tna Australia
This packaging business will be demonstrating its latest packaging solutions at the event, including its 3ci high speed vertical form fill and seal packaging machine.

According to Luigi di Palma, general manager at tna Australia, this machine provides up to a 30 percent improvement in performance in both output and reduction in rejects and achieves throughput rates of up to 150bpm.


"Visitors will also experience our innovative seasoning system, the tna intelli-flavOMS 3c. A complete, one-piece solution for both wet and dry seasoning and flavouring, the tna intelli-flavOMS 3c delivers exceptional performance and provides even coverage at throughput rates of 100 to 500kg per hour for a wide variety of applications," he said.

"Technical experts will also be on-stand to demonstrate our tna rofloHM 3 horizontal motion conveyor, which smoothly distributes goods to minimise losses and breakages and deliver the highest quality end products."

Emrich Packaging Machinery
As a provider of packaging equipment and bagging machines, Emrich will be using AUSPACK PLUS 2013 to show off its PFM ZC1 integrated multi-head weigher and bagging machine.

The PFM ZC1 integrated multi-head weigher and bagging machine is designed for mid-speed duties up to 80 bags per minute and targets products such as snacks, confectionery, pet food, granular products, biscuits and pasta.

Also on display will be Emrich's Adco 15D105 horizontal hand load cartoner, designed for easy conversion to a fully automatic barrel cam machine and available to run in either continuous and intermittent mode.

Swiss Pack
In the past Swiss Pack has concentrated only on its packaging materials; however they've now branched out into packaging machines and will focus on both in Sydney.

Brendan Yee, general manager, Flexible Division, Swiss Pack, said, "In addition our expertise with the associated technical materials such as films, pouches and boxes means that we can offer a true end-to-end solution. Our packaging machines are suitable for all solids, liquids and powders, such as VFFS, mini pouch packing machines, coffee packing machines, flow wrappers, shrink tunnels, rotary pouch packing machines and carton packaging solutions."


Click here to read about A&D's new checkweigher product, launching in Australia at AUSPACK PLUS 2013.


Fast-track to accurate checkweighing

A new checkweigher from A&D Australasia will allow smaller operators to upgrade their production line to cater for increasing demand. Isaac Leung writes.

With a new consumer focus on organic and fresh foods and exotic ingredients, supermarkets are increasingly turning to small-to-medium sized Australian food manufacturers for their products.

While these contracts are lucrative, they also increase the demands on the manufacturers’ processes, necessitating faster production while still maintaining accurate portioning.

Accurate weighing of products is critical: it ensures manufacturers are not giving away too much of their product, and at the same time, are not short-changing their customers, which can lead to loss of contracts and fines.

According to Tom Armstrong, managing director of A&D Australasia, many smaller players in the industry tend to start by having operators manually sort product into packaging, and using static scales to weigh units individually.

However, this labour-intensive process can be costly, and slow. The obvious next step when scaling up operations would be to transition to an automatic process line and checkweigher system.

Fast and accurate
Checkweighers weigh products that are moving on a conveyor belt at very high speeds. A&D’s latest checkweigher, to be launched at AUSPACK PLUS 2013, for example, can weigh up to 200 0.5kg products per minute at a 0.1g resolution.

But with the speed of the checkweighers also comes issues with noise and vibration. These can obscure the actual weight of the package.

“As the package goes across the checkweighers, all sorts of variables are fed back to the indicator: the belt moving, the shaking, wind et cetera,” Armstrong explained.

An alternative approach
While competing checkweighers on the market tend towards preventing these variables by engineering very rigid and expensive mechanical structures, and dampening the loadcell, A&D’s approach uses the Japanese company’s expertise in analogue to digital conversion and digital signal processing (DSP) to quickly and accurately filter out the variables.

“For the last ten years, A&D has focused on digital signal processing, which is essentially looking at the variables coming from something under test, monitoring and measuring and simulating scenarios based on that information,” Armstrong said.

Previously, this DSP capability was used for testing and simulating automotive engines in Japan, but its application to the checkweigher means the electronics within the unit can “see” the process in slow motion, successfully isolating the actual weight of the package in under one-third of a second, as it speeds through on a conveyor belt at 120m a minute.

The flat pack advantage
Armstrong says the relaxed mechanical requirements of the A&D checkweigher poses many advantages to food manufacturers.

With an entry level price, small-to-medium sized food manufacturers can quickly upgrade to an automated production line without a massive initial outlay, but Armstrong says the specifications of the product will appeal to larger manufacturers as well.

Delivery, installation and maintenance are also made easier and cheaper.

“With conventional, rigid checkweighers, they come in big crates, and expensive technicians are needed for installation,” Armstrong said. “Our technology allows A&D to deliver it flat-packed, to be assembled on-site.”

“It’s all about reducing costs to the customer. Rather than have to have specialists travel out, with a big crate, this checkweigher can go in the back of someone’s car, and one of our retail partners can go out and do the installation.”

According to A&D Australasia, its sister company A&D TechEng can also help during installation if integration of the checkweigher with a PLC/SCADA system is needed. A&D TechEng is an approved Siemens Solution Partner and Rockwell Recognised System Integrator.

The checkweigher is designed to require minimal maintenance, and can be serviced by local weighing service companies without requiring special service tools or equipment, making it cost effective to run in the long term.

Australia will be the first country to get the new A&D checkweigher, when it is launched at stand 200 at AUSPACK PLUS 2013.


Packaging exhibition to expand

Organisers of AUSPACK PLUS 2013 announced they will add 202 square metres of venue space at the exhibition due to high demand.

Visitors can expect to see over 240 exhibitors, representing 13 countries, 58 international exhibitors and taking up over 7000 square metres of floor space.

Every two years the packaging, food and beverage industries have the opportunity to see working packaging and processing machinery under one roof at AUSPACK PLUS.

According to Brad Jeavons, National Sales Manager- Labeling Systems, insignia, AUSPACK PLUS is considered to be the industry’s premier packaging event.

“Exhibiting at AUSPACK PLUS allows the opportunity to showcase our range of Domino, Bixolon, Datamax O’Neil, Zebra and Intermec labelling and coding solutions, as well as custom made labels,” Jeavons said.

AUSPACK PLUS 2013 will be held at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park from Tuesday the 7th to Friday the 10th of May 2013.

Australia to host WorldStar Packaging awards

The Australian Institute of Packaging has been invited to host this year's WorldStar Packaging awards, to be held alongside AUSPACK  PLUS 2013.

According to Ralph Moyle, national president of the AIP, this is a unique opportunity for the Australasian packaging industry to be part of an international event.

"There will be an international contingent of WPO Board members and award winners from across the globe coming to Australia for this event and we would like to extend an invitation to the entire packaging community to be a part of this significant night," he said.

The 2013 WorldStar Packaging Awards will be held on Thursday 9 May at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, alongside AUSPLACK PLUS 2013.

The WorldStar Packaging Awards is run by the World Packaging Organisation and is now in its 45th year. Last year the event attracted 243 entries from 32 countries around the world.

The AIP will also be running its biennial National Technical Forum in the day on 9 May, with the theme ‘Global Packaging Trends’.

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To read Ralph Moyle's column on the importance of Australia taking part in these competitions, and global packaging trends, click here.