NEWS BUILD-UP TO DRINKTEC 54 JDURLYIN 2K01te7ch NEW ZEALAND JULY 2017 Gebo Cermex vice president of strategy, products and innovation Ludovic Tanchou says producers operating in the beverage market need performance across their supply chains which delivers reliability, predictability, flexibility and agility, low total costs, product and brand quality, low resource use and environmental impact. “At Drinktec, we will be demonstrating how we can help customers secure performance over time via future-proof solutions and market-tailored innovations,” Tanchou says. New products on show will include a breakthrough universal all-inone conveying solution which delivers unprecedented packaging line performance and unrivalled output speed and agility; a robust high-speed flexible modular shrink-wrapping solution that meets sustainability and energy-saving challenges; a magazine-loading solution that ensures automatic, flexible and safe corrugated magazine feeding on any case packer and erecter to reduce the source of musculoskeletal disorders while allowing natural interactions between the fenceless machine and the operators; cobots on automatic guided vehicles which add high-precision and cost-effectiveness to simple and repetitive tasks; an efficiency improvement tool that uses comprehensive line monitoring to accurately detect the causes of unplanned stoppages; and a new crown and cap feeder. “The packaging industry is looking to find new ways to realise the potential of the fourth industrial revolution by creating a digital factory that can increase performance while reducing non-productive sequences and keep costs to a minimum,” Tanchou says. “We will show how manufacturers can achieve this and meet consumer demands for more customised products, shifting from mass production to mass customisation without compromising on key performance criteria such as overall equipment effectiveness, total cost of ownership and sustainability.” A range of innovative material handling solutions from Gebo Cermex – part of the Sidel Group – will be showcased at September’s Drinktec 2017, including the latest developments in automation and connectivity to help secure greater performance from bottling lines in evolving and demanding markets. Drinktec will be held in Munich, Germany, from September 11 to 15. LEVY ON WATER PROPOSED BY GREENS Water bottlers and exporters should pay 10c per litre to New Zealand, with the proceeds used to protect drinking water from the activities that “pollute them with pathogens, sediment, runoff and nitrates,” the Green Party says.
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