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Course Outline

Day One

Course Introduction

Course Overview

Course Logistics

1. Introduction

  • What is packaging machinery
  • Types of packaging machinery
  • Future trends

2. Machine and line components & controls

  • PLC
  • HMI
  • Servo motors
  • Smart machines
  • SCADA systems
  • Displays
  • Sensors

3. Flexible packaging machines

  • Form-Fill-Seal
  • Thermoform
  • Shrink/stretch wrapping and bundling

4. Paperboard forming equipment

  • Cartoners
  • Case formers
  • Tray formers
  • Case/tray packer

5. Line Loading

  • Depalletizers
  • Decasers
  • Unscramblers
  • Bottle orienters
  • Washers

Day Two

5. Rigid packaging (glass or plastic containers, cans & tubes)

  • Orienter
  • Liquid fillers: Volumetric, Level or cosmetic fill, Aerosol, Carbonated
  • Dry fillers: Augur, Volumetric, Weight, Tablet fillers
  • Cappers
  • Tube filling

6. Labeling

  • Pressure sensitive labeling
  • Glue
  • Shrink bands for labeling as well as product surety
  • Stretch
  • Print/Apply labeling

7. Product identification & verification

  • Hot stamp
  • Rubber stamp/wet ink
  • Ink jet
  • Laser coding and printing
  • Offset printing
  • Thermal transfer
  • RFID Vision/inspection
  • Check weighers
  • Metal detectors and x-ray inspectors

8. Ancillary packaging machinery

  • Conveyors
  • Accumulators/unscramblers
  • Robots
  • Placers/dispensers e.g.; leaflet placers

Day Three

9. Impact of end-use markets on machine needs and specifications:

  • Heavily FDA regulated industries requiring validation: biotech/pharmacy/medical devices
  • FDA regulated but without validation: food, drinks
  • Chemicals: special requirements linked with chemical properties

10. How to define specs/sample of specs/commissioning criteria

  • Documentation to be supplied with machines including operating and maintenance manuals, exploded parts diagram, etc.

11. Packaging line layout and design principles