At FachPack 2015, which was held in Nuremberg from 29 September to 1 October 2015, 1,565 exhibitors gave over 43,000 visitors from home and abroad a comprehensive overview of current packaging technology. With a significant increase in both visitor and exhibitor numbers plus an extra new Hall 3A to accommodate them, this industry get-together reflected the positive economic situation of the packaging industry.
Once again the focus of interest for the numerous visitors at the Beckhoff booth was the eXtended Transport System (XTS). This can be used to implement entirely new machinery concepts – providing reduced footprints and increased flexibility for packaging systems. It facilitates extremely fast changeovers during production – right down to lot size 1 – making it possible to optimally fulfil consumers’ increasing demands for complex products and individual variants. Other exhibits that particularly interested visitors to the trade show were many-core control, namely the C6670 industrial server with up to 36 processor cores, the compact, modular multi-axis AX8000 servo system and the finely scalable, universal range of active and passive multi-touch panels.
Frank Würthner, Business Management Packaging at Beckhoff, sums up: “The lively interest shown in XTS demonstrated that manufacturers of packaging machinery have recognised the immense potential for innovation provided by this highly compact system, whose comprehensive software functionality also makes it extremely flexible. When combined with PC-based control technology, XTS offers both maximised freedom of design and the widest range of different geometries. It is possible to create highly efficient packaging, assembly, sorting or bottling solutions with a minimum of components, namely just motors, movers and guide rails. And indeed, a number of well-known exhibitors at this year’s FachPack presented specific examples of just such machinery and packaging concepts.”