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Pack Expo Products Put Innovation on Display

Sept. 8, 2023
Solution debuts extend beyond the packaging and distribution space.

Product innovation introductions are the life-blood of trade show events. At Pack Expo 2023 on Sept. 11-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, exhibitors are rolling out new ideas that are specific to the packaging industry but have applications beyond the conveyor line. Among the new products:

Festo will present CPX-AP-A distributed I/O solution at its booth, SL6160. The CPX-AP-A distributed I/O has modules attached within a terminal. AP modules, whether on-terminal or individual, are IP65/67 rated and can be located in cabinets, in clusters around the cell, individually placed or separated at great distances.

Festo also will debut its multi-axis solutions shown at Pack Expo, including rotary and linear single axes, multi-axis design tools, and cable management. All the axes are designed to integrate for quick assembly while expanding the range of multi-axis motion.

At its booth, SL-6335, Beckhoff will have the North American debut of its integrated Beckhoff Vision portfolio. “The introduction of new cameras, lighting and lensing will enable engineers to implement robust image processing directly in a standard PLC environment with perfectly paired hardware. The new equipment complements the proven TwinCAT 3 software, which covers machine vision and all other areas of automation,” Beckhoff officials said in a press release.

Beckoff also will showcase updates to the TwinCAT 3 automation software, including a technical preview of TwinCAT Chat, which integrates ChatGPT directly into the controls environment. This will allow engineers to harness generative AI to automate everything from debugging and adding notes to programming function blocks from scratch.

Bosch Rexroth will display both product technologies and factory automation solutions for CPG manufacturing in booth S-5964. The booth will feature the ctrlX AUTOMATION-powered demo in conjunction with a Kassow collaborative robot.

Sean Spees, the Bosch Rexroth market segment manager for CPG, will speak at a presentation entitled, “Harmonizing Factory Automation and Digitalization” on Mon., Sept. 11 starting at 2 p.m. on  Innovation Stage 3 (C-2058).

BW Packaging, Barry-Wehmiller’s packaging division, will showcase its five business lines at booth C-1800. The booth will be aligned with BW Flexible Systems, BW Rigid Systems, BW Labeling, BW End-of-Line and BW Integration.

BW Packaging companies Synerlink and Pneumatic Scale Angelus will be in the BW Rigid Systems portion of the booth, where Pneumatic Scale Angelus will debut its CB100R, the newest addition to its craft beverage canning portfolio. The CB100R brings rotary counter-pressure filling together with rotary Angelus seaming in a compact footprint.

For more show coverage, be sure to check out our Pack Expo 2023 content hub.

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