ProMach Standardizing on PackML - More Than a Dozen Machines at Pack Expo Are PackML Compliant

Sep 06, 2013

Cincinnati, OH – In what ProMach believes to be the biggest display of Packaging Machine Language (PackML) implementations by a single company at Pack Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, September 23-25, more than a dozen machines from eight ProMach brands will feature PackML compliant machines.

“ProMach, through its engineering council consisting of thought leaders from all ProMach brands, has been assessing how PackML not only contributes to, but also accelerates new product innovation,” said Director, Corporate Business Collaboration, Mark Ruberg. “Each of the more than a dozen implementations of PackML at Pack Expo demonstrates best-in-class product innovation, shorter time to market, faster installation and integration, easier operation and support, and consistent data integration both horizontally and vertically.”

Ruberg said that in the next 12 to 18 months he expects to see PackML based innovative products across all ProMach brands. In terms of the products on display at Pack Expo 2013, he gave these examples to show the breadth and diversity of the ProMach PackML implementations.

The Axon (Booth C-2314) Aurora Wide shrink sleeve applicator is engineered to apply lower gauge films of up to 400 mm in Layflat Width, a typical range for broad containers and multipacks. This innovative, mandrel-style applicator is equipped with everything that the Aurora brand stands for: Allen Bradley controls, servo automation, PackML programming, plug-n-play functionality for hassle-free upgradeability and customization; plus other unique features that positions it as the industry benchmark.

The Currie by Brenton (Booth C-1920) hydraulic free, servo-driven palletizer, the high level infeed HLP, incorporates advanced servo, safety, and touchscreen controls to deliver unparalleled product handling and ease of operation. The modular designed HLP accommodates a wide range of plant configurations and is ideal for packaging operations requiring speeds from 30 to more than 100 cases per minute. The HLP can serve single or multiple packaging lines, nearby or remotely located.

The Edson (Booth C-2020) SR3600sa case packer with SC-SS Servo Cassette Collator features Edson’s Servo Adjust™ rapid changeover system and the complete InteleSuite package of intelligent machine management and productivity tools. Edson’s SR3600sa combines the latest servo technology and unique mechanical assemblies to deliver high-performance, high-speed packing for large cases and trays at speeds up to 22 cases per minute. The SR3600sa also features new integration technology offered by ProMach from Rockwell Automation called RAPID Line Integration that uses PackML to enable easier linkage between machines.

The Federal (Booth C-2320) GWSS2/12.4 filler and capper is designed and rated for wash down environments and is certified to the 3-A sanitary standard. This compact 12 filling valve/four capping station unit fills and caps containers ranging in size from 0.2 to 4 liters at a rate of up to 120 units per minute. The GWSS2/12.4 is equipped with a sanitary product in-feed valve with positioner and level control package that ensures sanitary handling and exceptional accuracy for low waste.

The Matrix (Booth C-2221) Metis is a unique vertical form-fill-seal pillow-bag bagging machine that can operate in continuous or intermittent motion – from one to up to 180 bags per minute – depending on line conditions. Flexibility in units per minute ensures optimum product flow and quality packaging through every hour of operation. This breakthrough is based on some of the most advanced design engineering and motion control technology implemented to date by Matrix.

“One of the essential qualities that exemplify ProMach is that we bring in exceptional companies and provide the tools, processes, and passion to ensure that they become even more capable,” said Mark Anderson, President and CEO, ProMach. “The engineering council and its focus on PackML is one such example.

“PackML is an important development for the packaging industry and I hope that every Pack Expo attendee interested in PackML will stop by at least one of these booths in the Central Hall – Axon, Currie, Edson, Federal, ID Technology, KLEENLine, LSI, or Matrix – to discuss what our people see in terms of actual implementation and overall benefits. Viewing multiple ProMach booths will demonstrate the similarities in HMI layout and machine operation that result from implementing the PackML standard.”

About ProMach

ProMach is a family of best-in-class packaging and processing solution brands serving manufacturers of all sizes and geographies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household and industrial goods industries. ProMach brands operate across the entire production line: filling, bottling and capping, decorative labeling, flexibles and trays, pharma, handling and sterilizing, labeling and coding, and robotics and end of line. ProMach also provides systems and integration including turnkey solutions, design/build, engineering services, and productivity software to optimize production line design and deliver maximum uptime.

ProMach designs, manufactures, integrates, and supports the most sophisticated and advanced packaging and processing solutions in the global marketplace. Its diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately-held businesses worldwide, depends on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced equipment and integrated solutions. ProMach is headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio, with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. For more information about ProMach, visit and for more information on ProMach Careers, visit