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"Smart industry" developments at Greif-Velox: Process optimization thanks to intelligent networks

"Smart industry" developments at Greif-Velox: Process optimization thanks to intelligent networks
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Lübeck (December 8, 2021). Production and packaging processes face significant challenges due to decreasing warehouse capacities alongside the customization of products and product batches on an order-by-order basis. Greif-Velox is meeting these challenges head-on by developing bespoke, self-organizing packaging systems that optimize processes through intelligent networking. These systems offer clear, measurable advantages for planning, production, logistics and maintenance.

The use of sensor-monitored, cyber-physical systems is fundamentally changing production and packaging processes: The process control system uses recorded data to decide which quantity of which product to fill in order to optimize performance at any given time, and then sends the information directly to the machine via the product management system.

All system notifications and machine parameters, such as the current weights, bag counts, current pressures and torques, are measured by sensors and can be collected in the cloud and linked with the customer’s process control system thanks to a flexible data interface. In a fully digitized process such as this, customers can avoid downtimes due to poorly coordinated sub-processes. Warehouse capacity can also be optimized if transport logistics are coordinated so that the product is picked up straight after production. When configuring its systems, Greif-Velox builds in flexibility for users so that existing components can be added on in a cost-effective manner when integrating parts into the overall system.

In the future, the data of the filling and packaging process will be clearly displayed on a dashboard, giving machine operators an overview of the machine’s performance at any time and from any location via a secure VPN connection. This allows them to adjust the production process as required.

Increasing productivity through intelligently linked components also involves development of predictive maintenance. By recording and evaluating time-, cycle- and status-based data, the system can inform the user in advance before a potential breakdown — for instance if a system component needs replacing. This minimizes downtime and maximizes the production process and machine utilization. “As such, customers benefit from increased output and efficiency,” says Benjamin John, Director of Engineering at Greif-Velox.

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About Greif-Velox Maschinenfabrik GmbH

Greif-Velox Maschinenfabrik GmbH ( sets global benchmarks in the field of packaging machines and is on the way to becoming the technological leader in the industry. The company designs and develops innovative bagging machines and filling systems – always with a focus on maximum efficiency for the customer. Innovations such as the VELOVAC vacuum packer have revolutionized the bagging of extremely lightweight powders. The product portfolio is further complemented by palletizing robots, allowing Greif-Velox to offer complete full-line systems. With a focus on customer requirements, the company continues to develop new systems and patents that solve long-standing problems in the industry. With a company history stretching back almost 1000 years, Greif-Velox has continuously demonstrated its three corporate values – efficiency, innovation, and reliability. Greif-Velox Maschinenfabrik GmbH is currently active on a global scale with more than 150 experts in 89 countries. Ralf Drews has been the Chairman of the Board since 2015.