04. July 2019 | Packaging technology

HMI platform enhancing maintenance

Large accessible buttons, together with self-explanatory icons and minimal use of text, further supports clarity
Source: Mpac Langen

As part of its innovation strategy, outlined earlier this year, British packaging machinery manufacturer Mpac Langen aims to harness the leap forward afforded by Industry 4.0. Among others, the manufacturer’s strategy reportedly takes advantage of the extension of internet connectivity through the company’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform.

According to the group, this unlocks the amount of data generated by a packaging machine when in operation, with this information able to then be tailored to the customer’s specific needs. The resulting benefits of this are said to be increased machine uptime and enhanced operator usability.

Available on all secondary packaging machines

The company's HMI is now installed on all new secondary packaging machines and is said to be compatible with market-leading control systems. The manufachturer reportedly has streamlined the current array of different technical manuals into one central way of working. If replacement spare parts require changing, this can be done by a trained in-house operator or technician, rather than relying on the intervention of a software engineer. Plus, there is no need for in-depth knowledge of machine control to view advanced diagnostics.

According to the group, the HMI is designed to act as a gateway for the integration of Industry 4.0 features and services. It is said to play the role as a virtual training centre, acting as a central source of information which may include manuals, training videos, help files and electrical schematics.

9.2 percent increase in sales

Mpac Langen designs, delivers and services engineered machinery for the automated processing, assembly and packaging of products across the food and beverage, consumer and healthcare goods, and pharmaceutical sectors. According to its financial figures, the group achieved an order intake of 63.8 million British pounds (about 71.7 million euros) and sales of 58.3 million British pounds (about 65.0 million euros) in 2018. These figures represent increases of 4.4 and 9.2 percent.

edited by Christiane Lingrön

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