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Packaging system concepts

12 August 2014

Innovation leader in pneumatic and electric drive technology, Festo, will showcase new developments, concepts and solutions in packaging systems at this year’s PPMA show. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Food & Packaging specialists from the company, and discuss automation and improved productivity in the processing and packaging industry.

New concepts such as the WaveHandler and MultiChoiceGripper, which have been inspired by nature will be on display at the show. The WaveHandler is a modular system that moves a surface in such a way that objects are transported and sorted purposefully. The integration of a sorting function means an additional handling unit is no longer required for this process.

The conveyor consists of numerous bellows modules that deform the surface creating a wave motion that transports the objects in a targeted manner. Inspiration for this principle was provided by monitoring natural waves.

The MultiChoiceGripper brings together a unique combination of different grip types with flexible, adaptive gripping fingers. Its fingers can therefore be switched over so they can either grip in a parallel or centric direction, without requiring any conversion.

This is enabled by two rotatable finger slots on the base body of the gripper, which are arranged either around a central point or opposite the third finger. This is inspired by the human hand and its opposable thumb, which can be rotated by 130 degrees in relation to the other fingers.

Festo Training & Consulting is also sponsoring the show’s ‘The Ones to Watch’ awards. These awards identify the next generation of ‘stars’ in processing and packing machinery, and celebrate promising young professionals who have already made an impression on the industry and have an exciting future ahead of them. Stand E60