Board Converting News, April 4, 2022

Baumer hhs (CONT’D FROM PAGE 58)

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gets with our packaging products. It helps us to further reduce our quality costs, meaning the costs of both con- trol and defects. That is a tremendous help in day-to-day operations,” summarizes Matzke. “And higher reliability in production naturally improves the sustainability of both the production process and the packaging.” Focus On User-Friendliness The user interface on Baumer hhs’s Xtend3 controller also was optimized for greater convenience in close col- laboration with the WestRock plant in Düren. Machine op- erators now have direct access on the Xtend3 to all import- ant machine functions, which saves them time searching through sub-menus. They can select individual application heads right from the menu. To simplify required entries in the sub-menus, operators can toggle between them using simple swipe gestures. Furthermore, the various visualiza- tions are now much more practical. General system operation via the user interface on the Xtend3 controller was also enhanced at the plant. For ex- ample, the Xtend3 supports different levels of access au- thorization for different users. Specific functions are only accessible if users have been assigned the corresponding access authorizations. This prevents machine operators from switching off certain functions. In addition, jobs can be assigned specific functions, which subsequently must be actively used. Today, many packaging producers all over the world are using these options to increase the re- liability of their production processes. “We are very fortu- nate in that all our machine operators are so well-trained that we no longer need this option,” adds Terracciano. Industry 4.0: Growing Importance The new Xtend3 controllers provide comprehensive machine and process data on adhesive application that can be used to further optimize this production step. In other words, the controllers can be perfectly integrated in Industry 4.0 environments. “Xtend3 gives us numerous options in this regard,” says Terracciano. For example, with its Xtend3 systems, the plant can easily generate production reports to document which quality assurance methods were used for which jobs, whether systems signalled any errors during production and what countermeasures were taken. “Adhesive application is a key quality parameter in packaging production. We need to be able to rely on our equipment one-hundred percent. That’s why Baumer hhs is a very important partner for us. Their high-performance equipment and services enable us to produce reliable quality for our customers, which includes avoiding product mix-ups. Our customers know that we equip all our ma- chines with technologies that essentially eliminate errors, especially in adhesive application,” says Matzke. “The name Baumer hhs has always stood for premium quality. The new equipment gives us new options in folding carton production that we never thought possible before.” Visit for more information.

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