Flawless execution in end-of-line packaging
Availability of manufactured goods at the right time and right place is essential in today's demanding economy. Smooth uneventful flow of packages from secondary packaging to the distribution centers and eventually to the shelves at the retailer is the bare minimum requirement today. Ability to track and trace the packages and production information, error proofing the system from quality perspective and ensuring that the production/packaging runs reliably without unwanted down times is necessary to compete in today's world. Balluff's industry proven portfolio of sensing, networking and identification technologies are at your service ensuring smooth and reliable operations in the end-of-line arena.
Finding the right pallet where thousands of SKUs are managed on a daily basis is sometimes overwhelming and challenging. Balluff's Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can do a lot more than simply tracking the packages. With RFID on board, several important pieces of information can be tracked in addition to the location of the pallet and type of goods. This additional information can be helpful for efficient operations of the warehouse. This information can be pallet arrival departure times, manufacturing dates of the products on the pallet- so that they could be arranged properly for disbursement before the goods expire, genealogical information about the production and more.
Use of barcodes for tracking and vision for inspection is common in today's production process. Most facilities employ both types of devices hence require multiple stages of operations. Balluff's vision sensors can reduce the monitoring and tracking hassel and do it in single step operation.
Palletizing products that would go out to various customers, this requires keeping track of the pallet heights. In dynamically changing environments all that information cannot be programmed at once. Balluff's IO-Link technology along with photoelectric distance sensors allows you to track current height and update the height requirements on-the-fly to support dynamic operations.
When stretch-wrapping pallets, if the pallets are not positioned correctly it leads to wastage of stretchwrapping material and may affect how product appears on the pallet. With Balluff's magnetic encoder solutions, the stretch wrap position can be easily tracked to better control the process minimizing wastage or damage to the packaging.
Reduce wiring and troubleshooting time on the machine by utilizing Balluff's networking portfolio powered with IO-Link. With IO-link on board, sensors and actuator cable runs can be shorter, short circuit and over current diagnostics are at your fingertips to ensure fast troubleshooting. Variety of smart sensors or prox switches can be integrated with ease without adding proprietary software or multiple communication interfaces.