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January-February 2019
Intelligent connections
As the pace of adopting intelligent automation ramps up the world over, and manufacturers embrace all things digital in efforts to increase productivity and efficiency, the leading packaging and processing trade show in our region is paving the way for making intelligent connections.
INDUSTRY 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is chang- ing the game – fast – not only for manufacturers but the entire sup- ply chain. Connecting IT and OT systems across all operations in a business is enabling data accumu-
lation at an unprecedented scale. At AUSPACK 2019 the industry can learn about how to make this data unlock value on the production line and beyond.
With plants and production pro- cesses modernising current and legacy systems, and plant networks converging with enterprise business systems, manufacturers are gaining access to a tremendous amount of data. However, most need assistance to maximise the benefits of their data and transform it into actionable information. Now, help is at hand in the form of a new collaborative ini- tiative between SMC, Beckhoff Automation, Nord Drivesystems, Balluff, and ZI-Argus. Dubbed Open IIoT, it will occupy stand B237 at AUSPACK 2019. The show will
serve as the launch platform for this open-source knowledge group set up to provide the industry with valuable information about Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, including the ‘how to’ of implemen- tation (see page 22).
Across the showfloor, numerous exhibitors will provide access to the latest ideas and technology on Industry 4.0, from information and automation solutions, to robotics and integrated coding and vision systems. For example, HMPS (stand G140) will showcase its newly
To pull off a successful Industry 4.0 transition, it’s important to understand what this technology is and how to implement it...”
launched Industry 4.0 solution, HMPSConnect, which links HMPS equipment into the IIoT, providing a dashboard for users to easily access data across all of their machines.
Heat and Control (stand D150)
will demonstrate how engaging with a single source supplier like the HCI Alliance (a partnership between Heat and Control and Ishida – see also page 24) can add value through increased connec- tivity levels and digital data exchange, along all stages of the processing and packaging produc- tion line. Foodmach (stand E065) will spruik its expertise in Indus- try 4.0 line integration and the implementation of programming standards into production sys- tems, and Matthews (stand D140) will take visitors through a suite of intelligent identification prod- ucts designed to optimise the ben- efits of IIoT connectivity.
The Industry 4.0 theme will also be explored beyond the showfloor, at the AUSPACK 2019 Business & Industry Conference taking place on 26 and 27 March alongside the show (see page 18).
John Broadbent, founder of Re- alise Potential, will lead a panel dis- cussion on taking the ‘leap of faith’ towards Industry 4.0. To pull off a successful Industry 4.0 transition, it’s important to understand what this technology is and how to imple- ment it, says Broadbent. “If you go down the path of understanding what the Industrial Internet of Things can do for you, it will help you keep the doors open – make your business more sustainable and here for the long term, and keep peo- ple in employment,” he said.
Another highlight at the confer- ence will be the presentation by Foodmach CCO Earle Roberts about the $165m Dulux paint production and packaging plant, recognised as one of the top five Industry 4.0 plants in the world.
From showfloor to conference hall, AUSPACK 2019 has Industry 4.0 and the IIoT covered. ■

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