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Sustainability as a competitive advantage for packaging machinery manufacturers

Is it possible to apply the concept of sustainability to the technology of packaging machinery?

When we talk about sustainability in the packaging world, we think directly of the final phase, that of the product at the end of the consumption cycle. Automatically, our thinking addresses the recycling process or waste disposal, forgetting an important part of the value chain.

The latest trend in machinery manufacturers – OEMs-, in terms of sustainability,  is the concentration of efforts on products and services that minimize negative environmental impacts, such as consumption of packaging materials, energy, CO2 emissions, and water during the production phase.

In the analysis of the packaging production process, one of the biggest variable costs is that of materials. Therefore, the use of machines that allow the waste reduction, including that of materials, represents an interesting and strategic investment for the company that allows it to maintain a competitive position in the market.

It is clear that sustainability is a real challenge for the global packaging industry. While retailers and manufacturers can significantly save on the cost of packaging waste, consumers also have a fairly strong influence on their consumption choices. These forces of the packaging machinery market oblige to include sustainability as a strategic factor in corporate planning.

The trend of the global packaging industry is to move towards greater sustainability. The forces in the market define the future of the industry. In fact, retailers and manufacturers can make significant savings by reducing the costs associated with packaging waste. Consumers have a fairly strong influence on their consumption choices.

As mentioned in Walter Soroka’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, automated packaging machinery, and packaging lines offer a number of sustainability benefits. From an economic standpoint, automation enables CPG and contract packagers to achieve the throughput volume and consistency they need to be competitive. Advanced automation systems collect and apply real-time data about the performance of individual machines and entire packaging lines. Programmable control devices, feedback circuits, and servo drives can adjust performance without interrupting packaging operations. As a result, operational problems can be headed off, and the waste of packaging materials, energy, and labor from equipment and line malfunction can be reduced. Automation can also reduce time and costs associated with change parts.

Trace Software International is positioned in the market with reliable tools for the efficient design and management of the electrical components of the packaging machinery.

elecworks™ is the electrical drawing software for automation projects and electrical installations.  It provides all necessary features for the best design process for power and control schemes, cross-references, PLC’s, Terminals Strips, Panels, Reporting etc.

The use of this software allows designing automation processes able to reduce production errors, costs and time. These benefits immediately translate into a reduction of negative environmental impacts.

 

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Trace Software International partners with Chinese giant Lyric Robot

Trace Software International partners with Chinese giant Lyric Robot

Last week the Chinese team of Trace Software International successfully overcame its last challenge – a fruitful deal with China Guangdong Lyric Robot Intelligent Equipment (Lyric Robot), the leading giant in the automated industry.

The high-tech enterprise chose Trace Software international- the notable company with an unparalleled experience in electrical engineering – as a strategic partner for an ambitious project: “elecworks™ for PTC Creo & elecworks™ for PTC Windchill electrical design project navigation”.

The project’s primary objective is to guarantee to Robot Lyrics the reliable implementation of a new operational and technological approach for the design of the electrical system of the packaging machines and for the intelligent and integrated management of the processes.

elecworks celebration in China by Trace Software International

 

The Chinese giant will use the following Trace Software International’ solutions:

elecworks™  is the worldwide bestselling electrical CAD software for automation projects and electrical installations. It provides all necessary features for the best design process for power and control schemes, cross-references, PLC’s, Terminals Strips, Panels, Reporting etc.

elecworks™ for PTC® Windchill® enables the efficient management of the product lifecycle, effortlessly integrating the electrical data in the PLM system. The operating logic of the PLM is based on the shared access of information, resources, and processes related to a product or service throughout its life cycle. The PLM, therefore, provides an integrated and essential framework with multiple benefits such as costs, quality and time-to-market optimization, automation of product data management, interdisciplinary collaborations, and safety monitoring.

elecworks™ for PTC® Creo® ensures the smooth integration of the electrical schematic design from elecworks™ to the PTC® Creo® project. It enables faster development of schematically defined electrical systems that can readily be implemented in the 3D CAD models. Faster design, synchronized plans, up-to-date documentation, reduced costs throughout the product lifecycle are some of the benefits.

Packaging machinery is a highly competitive market, but yet very profitable. Long-term investment in cutting-edge software solutions, able to reinforce the company competitive position in the market,  is a strategic and profitable move.

 

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Trace Software International will exhibit at HISPACK

Trace Software International will exhibit at HISPACK

In its next edition Hispack – the leading Iberian fair for the packaging industry- will welcome 1.100 global exhibitors on a 39,000m2 total surface area of La Fira in Barcelona. Trace Software International, successful in delivering reliable and innovative electrical engineering solutions since 1987, confirms its assistance to the event from the 8th to the 11th May 2018.

The value proposition of Hispack 2018 is to create valuable and rewarding connections between all the actors involved in the packaging life cycle (supply, manufacturing, distribution, use, and end of life) to boost innovation and shape the future of the industry.

As highlighted by Javier Riera-Marsá – the President of the Hispack committee – the event aims to analyze the sector from multidisciplinary perspectives: sustainability of the life cycle, interdependence with logistics, automation & digitalization of processes and new experiences of use of the packaging.

To convene the entire packaging ecosystem, Hispack established four different tasks groups involving 45 experts in the sector. According to Xavier Pascual – Director of the event – the role of these groups is twofold: “On one hand, their mission is to define the value proposition of Hispack in each of the marked areas and, on the other hand, collaboratively build the Hispack activity program. The purpose of the program is to showcase the innovation and the knowledge of packaging, giving answers to the needs raised by the demand sectors and by very different professional profiles ”

Innovation, industry, and market converge to create an ecosystem that underlines the transversal nature of the packaging industry.

Trace Software International will be one of the actors of Hispack ecosystem together with their partner Integral PLM experts. They will welcome you at booth C385 – Hall 3 during all the event.

The company is positioned in the market with efficient tools for the professional design, sizing, and management of the electrical components of the packaging machinery.

The following software solutions will be showcased:

elec calc™   is the CAE software solution dedicated to the sizing of electrical installations, the only one in the world that allows integrating the management of high and low voltage in the same project.

elecworks™  is the electrical CAD software for automation projects and electrical installations. It provides all necessary features for the best design process for power and control schemes, cross-references, PLC’s, Terminals Strips, Panels, Reporting etc.

elecworks™ for PTC® Windchill® enables the efficient management of the product lifecycle effortlessly integrating the electrical data in the PLM system.

elecworks™ for PTC® Creo® ensure the smooth integration of the electrical schematic design from elecworks™ to the PTC® Creo® project.

Packaging machinery is a highly competitive market. Interdepartmental coordination and integration with ERP and/or PLM system are essential factors to consider when it comes to selecting a reliable software solution. These features promote the best design quality and a shorter development cycle.

 

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