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Biopackaging maker improves line performance with controls



Biopackaging maker improves line performance with controls

A new Sino/Italian venture, Europoligrafico (Fibrapak), based in Perugia, Italy, says it was able to improve efficiencies and line performance with a new control system from ER-WE-PA GmbH, a subsidiary of US-headquartered machine maker Davis-Standard.

Fibrapak, which produces biodegradable and compostable packaging, is a venture set up between Europoligrafico and GS Pak of China. GS Pak also has an aseptic coating line from ER-WE-PA at its China plant.

The new system was installed on an existing ER-WE-PA extrusion coating line used for aseptic liquid packaging applications. The control package features Siemens drives and a central S7 PLC with WinCC visualisation screens for managing all aspects of line control including speeds, extruder temperature, automatic die profile control, unwind and winder functions.

“One of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve operation on an existing line is with controls,” said Paul Knorsch, aftermarket business development leader at ER-WE-PA GmbH. “The supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) of this system simplifies operator functionality while allowing for greater monitoring and regulation of various parameters. We know Europoligrafico (Fibrapak) is already seeing a marked difference in line functionality.”

Knorsch went on to say that the control system allows Fibrapak to become a full-system supplier with capabilities to provide printed, coated and laminated board in addition to filling machines and product handling.

(PRA)


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