Review of Interpack 2017

A whole new world of packaging possibilities

When visitors stepped onto the Bradman Lake stand at Interpack 2017, they weren't just viewing the latest generation integrated packaging line. They were entering a whole new world of customised systems that deliver enhanced productivity, rock solid security and operational intelligence with live data output to drive smarter management decisions

Interpack 2017, the world’s biggest and most important trade fair in the packaging sector is now in its 55th year and reported a record of 2,865 companies participating with an estimated 74% of the 170,500+ visitors travelling to Düsseldorf from abroad – three quarters of which were decision-makers.

The Bradman Lake stand attracted a vast number of visitors where company experts discussed a number of packaging solutions for a wide range of applications and new equipment orders taken at the event itself.

Visitors witnessed the launch of the company's latest generation integrated state-of-the-art packaging line and were suitably impressed. The new packaging line comprised a VGR2000 Vision Guided Robotic pick-and-place line, which loaded the products into the infeed of a FT120 Multipack Flow Wrapper using two robots. After the required collation had been created and flow wrapped, the products entered the IMSL End Load Cartoner – Bradman Lake’s latest machine.

The compact-footprint IMSL incorporated a Rockwell Automation iTRAK unit to create a fully integrated product infeed system that uses minimal product transfers. To further enhance the IMSL footprint the products were side loaded into the cartons via a Linear Motion Loader. Once the carton was sealed it was transferred to the new ZX600 Case Packer, which is a small footprint, top-loading machine, including a highly efficient glue-delivery solution tied into the controlling PLC, with options for serialisation and aggregation.

John Marlee, Bradman Lakes' Group Managing Director:

"It was a pleasure to meet and discuss the requirements of so many industy specialists at the show. Our technologies are influenced by our ability to serve a variety of markets with tailor made solutions, and at the same time developing new and innovative packaging technologies to suit current day market demands. Our investment to achieve this, demonstrates our commitment to our customers".

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

Local connectivity
Factory talk was utilised to link each machine, providing system control and performance data locally at each of the machines HMI’s.

Remote connectivity
Real time data was transmitted remotely, to a secure machine cloud. Utilizing Rockwell Automation’s ‘Factory Talk Analytics for machines simple dashboards were displayed on both the Bradman Lake and Rockwell Automation stands, providing real time machine and system data that can be viewed remotely from around the globe.

The Bradman Lake stand attracted visitors from over 60 countries

VGR2000 – FT120 Vision Guided Robot connected to FT120 Flowwrapper

IMSL – End Load Cartoner with Variable Infeed Pitch Utilising iTrak

ZX600 Case Packer with 6 Axis Robot System

Dan Lake, Head of Sales, Bradman Lake (pictured centre) concludes an order at Interpack, with a premier Chilean seafood manufacturer.

The global Bradman Lake team were on hand to discuss customised solutions for a variety of applications

Christopher Zei, VP, Global Industry Group, Global Accounts and OEM Business, Rockwell Automation with John Marlee. Managing Director Bradman Lake Group, at the Bradman Lake stand during the show.

Factory talk analytics dashboards, as shown on Bradman Lake and Rockwell Automation stands Interpack 2017

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.

To find out more please contact your local Bradman Lake facility.