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03 Packaging lines can

03 Packaging lines can be equipped with the packaging machine from the stretch hood model range Depending on the application, the manufacturer provides the system as a rotary or inline filling machine, with bag discharge line, bag placer, different number of filling spouts or devices for material feed and spillage transport. As a systems supplier, the company offers the paletpac and robotpac construction series, two different palletizing solutions that allow efficient stacking of filled bags. They can be provided with functionalities such as bag and empty pallet transport systems, from the modular system. Depending on the product characteristics, the paletpac is equipped with either bar-type, clamp-type or twin-belt turning devices (Image 02). They turn the bags rapidly and gently to the required position. The high-capacity packaging system, Beumer stretch hood (Image 03), is an efficient solution to package the pallet stacks quickly and safely. The system provider offers them in different designs, with a varying set of sophisticated features. Sortation and distribution – customized Operators no longer wish to run just one machine, they want a process Franz-Joseph Kleigrewe, Head of Automation at Beumer Group (Image 01), a filling machine particularly for the building materials industry. Users can flexibly integrate and adapt it to existing packaging lines. Depending on project requirements, the company offers varying designs. “We can provide this filling system with special weighing electronics, for example, coming from the modular system,” Kleigrewe explains. It ensures the weight accuracy of the bags. Whether mail or parcel service providers, airports or food industries – the requirements of sortation and distribution technologies vary widely. Especially for mail and parcel service providers, the material handling technology in distribution centers becomes increasingly complex. Sortation and distribution systems must be able to handle increasingly complex tasks and often adapt to different local conditions. Highly efficient processes are necessary to ensure quick delivery of packages to the customer. Beumer Group offers different solutions including cross belts, tilt tray and e-tray sorters. Depending on the application, these systems can be provided with modules and functionalities from the module unit, such as scanners, feeding posts, different induction units and discharge systems, balances or DWS systems. Software from the modular unit Beumer Group has developed the modular BG software suite (Image 04), offering users optimum and continuous control of their material flows. It can be customized to the user’s requirements. Products from other companies can easily be integrated. Users can extend this modular solution at any time and optimize their material flows. Process data or reports are displayed on the BG Fusion user interface that works for all programs. Users can access all available 02 Twin-belt turning device: different speeds of the belt conveyors ensure that the filled bag is turned gently MATERIAL FLOW f+h Intralogistics 4/2016

04 The modular BG software suite offers users optimum and continuous control of their material flows HIGH LEVEL CONTROL LAYER Presentation Layer System Integration Layer System Control Layer SAC Sorter SC Business Data Crisbag SC autover SC BG Fusion Reports MIS Conveyor SC Visualization (SCADA) PP SC WCS CL SC Machine Control Layer Sorter Crisbag autover Conveyor PP CL Equipment Layer Sorter Crisbag autover Conveyor PP Products CL Products data, without having to switch between the applications. They can also use the BG software suite on mobile devices, such as tablets. The Beumer Group Warehouse Control System (BG WCS) module allows you to connect the BG software suite to the warehouse management system or the ERP system of the customer via a network connection. This way, Beumer Group ensures the communication between the different control levels for the user. As a singlesource provider, Beumer Group can create an intelligent connection between the individual systems, and integrate them into existing process and inventory control systems. The customer receives everything from one single source. The risk for error sources that could result from interfaces is avoided. Technicians carry out the electrical installations, as well as the integration of the machine and system controls (Image 05). Industry 4.0 – high expectations “The increase in networking and automation brings us on our way towards Industry 4.0,” says Kleigrewe. It creates highly interlinked system structures with a high number of involved people, IT systems, automation components and machines. The users can significantly improve the organization and control of their logistics value chain. The system, machine and product controls must be horizontally and vertically integrated into dynamic communications networks. This creates digital engineering consistency through the entire logistics value chain – in other words: it is about the intelligent networking in the supply chain. “Making this possible in Industry 4.0 requires the development of powerful, linked sensors and actuators. This networking, however, leads to enormous amounts of data and metadata along the logistics value chain,” explains Kleigrewe. Another factor is globalization: data management is now spread out over different locations, countries, even continents. Horizontal and vertical interfaces can quickly become cost drivers in factory automation. “Cloud computing offers an efficient technological base for holding data,” says the automation specialist. This service can replace or expand existing structures. Cloud computing also allows you to process significantly larger data volumes compared to traditional server solutions. In addition, real-time data can be synchronized with historical data. Uniform interfaces of the cloud services are currently in development. The software interface standard OPC (Unified Architecture) is useful for making data available between all systems of a company. “It meets the most important requirement for data communication in Industry 4.0’” explains Kleigrewe. “This standard allows you to establish the communication between devices, controllers and applications, regardless of the individual driver. OPC UA can be directly embedded into devices, sensors and controllers. Data from different, non-compatible and open standards from different areas can also be transferred. What will the future look like? Kleigrewe has a clear idea: “The processes in distribution centers will run fully automatically, from order to delivery, around the clock, seven days a week. This changes the requirements completely, and we are already experiencing this change.” Photographs: Beumer www.beumergroup.com 05 According to customer requirements, the mechatronic modules for the mechanics, electrics and software are adapted f+h Intralogistics 4/2016