Bradman Lake's new end load cartoning machine with Rockwell iTRAK
Microsoft once again had a major presence at the Digital Factory Hall at Hannover Messe 2018, the world’s largest annual manufacturing exhibition in Hannover, Germany. Their booth was filled with examples of the great work their customers and partners are doing.
Rockwell Automation continues to collaborate with Microsoft on information solutions that can help industrial companies predict performance, boost productivity and maximize asset availability.
On the Microsoft booth, Rockwell demonstrated FactoryTalk with Bradman Lake's IMSL end load cartoning machine incorporating a Rockwell Automation iTRAK unit to create a fully integrated product infeed system which uses minimal product transfers. To further enhance the IMSL footprint the products were side loaded into the cartons via a Linear Motion Loader watch the video here
IMSL End Load Cartoning Machine
Incorporates iTRAK technology, which has been utilised for flexible product collating, while reducing the number of transfers by means of guided pockets to ensure minimal product handling and repeatable carton loading.
- A new servo-driven linear inserter tracks the guided pockets and transfers each product into the carton, negating the need for a traditional ‘barrel loader’. This delivers excellent access for the end user, the option of constant or indexing motion on the same machine and greater flexibility in handling a wide range of products and collations with minimal rapid size changes.
- With a small footprint, new frame style and full-height doors for ease of access, the machine has fully integrated electrical panels and Nordson Liberty hot melt system, with direct interface to the Rockwell Automation programmable controller using pre-loaded customized add-on instructions. No black boxes!
- The machine is designed with an easy loading low-level carton hopper.
Bradman Lake's IMSL end load cartoning machine incorporating a Rockwell Automation iTRAK unit was showcased on the stand
About Industry 4.0
Embracing the future with Industry 4.0 innovation, engineered and manufactured in the UK and US, Bradman Lake packaging machines incorporate the latest integrated connectivity Industry 4.0 technology to communicate seamlessly over a common network and protocol.
This enables the installation of customised systems that deliver enhanced productivity, rock solid security and operational intelligence with live data output to drive smarter management decisions. This flexible, intelligent system allows for an exhaustive range of possible system configurations to meet every conceivable packaging need.
Machine Connectivity/Connected enterprise
Factory talk was utilised to link each machine, providing system control and performance data locally at each of the machines HMI’s.
Real time data was transmitted remotely, to a secure machine cloud. Utilizing Rockwell Automation’s ‘Factory Talk Analytics for machines and devices' simple dashboards were displayed, providing real time machine and system data that can be viewed remotely from around the globe.
About Bradman Lake
Established in 1948, the Bradman Lake Group Ltd is a leader in integrated packaging technology. From distribution and feeding systems, flow wrapping, cartoning, loading and closing to case packing, shrink wrapping and roll wrapping, Bradman Lake’s solution based approach is gained from thousands of installations around the world. Bradman Lake is located in the UK and USA with regional offices in Russia and India, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the multi-disciplined UK engineering group, Langley Holdings plc.