Automation4Packaging, a forum initiated by Print-Packaging.com (P) Ltd, in partnership with Automation Industry Association (AIA), had organised a workshop on ‘Automation Technologies that Improve Packing Efficiency, Flexibility and Reliability’ on 8 July 2009, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The focus of the workshop was on how automated machinery can enable every initiative in packaging from sustainability to recession-fighting cost reduction initiatives, giving the attendees an insight into how to leverage new technologies in automation and meet global trends of efficiency and reliability. The workshop was attended by 54 delegates of the industry. P L Kaul, MD, Mariental India, delivered the keynote address in the first session, on ‘Automating the Form, Fill, Measure, Weigh and Seal Operations’. The first presentation on ‘Line integration, Cycle time and Changeover Reduction’ was made by Ravi Agarwal, Sales Director South Asia, Pepperl+Fuchs, followed by a presentation on ‘Smart Drives and Controls’ by Nilesh Chipde, B&R Industrial Automation. The post-tea session began with a presentation on ‘Flow Meter Based Filling Technology’ by Hari Prasad, Industry Manager - Life Sciences & Food, Endress + Hauser (India), and then on ‘Sensing Solutions for Form, Filling and Sealing Machines’ by Ignatius Selveraj, Pepperl+Fuchs. The post lunch session began with a keynote address on ‘Automated Robotics Pick and Place Inspection, Track and Trace Systems’ by Khetan Shah, Founding Partner, Integrated Drive Systems. The first presentation of the session was by Ashwin Vanikar, Industry Manager, Festo Controls (P) Ltd, on ‘Appropriate Pick and Place using Pneumatics as Automation’, followed by ‘Robot-based Picking, Packaging and Palletising by Anil Chaudhary, ABB Ltd. Then Sagar Thakare, Manager-Sales, IFM Electronic India gave presentation on ‘Contour Sensing, Colour Sensing and Packing Count’, followed by ‘Advanced Image Processing and RFID’ by Dr Zubin Varghese, Manager, Corporate Technology, Siemens Ltd.
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