Most precise label alignment thanks to newly developed adjustment head

With today's IML systems, the positioning of the labels can change during operation. This can occur due to a magazine change, label change or within a label stack due to cutting tolerances. The new adjustment head from Beck Automation AG detects these irregularities and precisely aligns the labels.

"Our adjustment head is used where value is placed on a precisely positioned label," explains Nico Zehnder, Marketing and Sales Manager at Beck Automation. The IML specialist from Switzerland is presenting the new adjustment head to the expert audience for the first time at the K trade fair in Düsseldorf. The BECK adjustment head picks up individual labels, measures and positions them in the desired position. The unit is mounted on the IML transport unit, which loads the core dummy with labels. On the transport path between the magazine and the core dummy, the adjustment head precisely aligns the label. As a result, the positioning accuracy is increased. In addition, the number of rejects and manual fine adjustments are reduced. The adjustment head can be retrofitted to most existing IML systems, whereby the space requirement corresponds to the classic angular delivery of the label transport.

The application will be on display at the WITTMANN BATTENFELD booth in Hall 15, Booth C06. Beck Automation will also be presenting further product innovations at K 2022 in Hall 12 B36-05.

Fully automatic, cycle time optimised handle automation

Beck Automation AG will be presenting the newly developed Beck Bailer at K 2022, which will take place from 19 to 26 October in Düsseldorf. The system enables the fully automatic assembly of metal handles on buckets with a diameter of 175mm to 380mm. The unit is a self-operating system that can be used autonomously thanks to its own control system.

"The Beck Bailer is a trade fair innovation that we will be presenting to the trade public for the first time at K 2022," explains Nino Zehnder, Marketing and Sales Manager at Beck Automation. The Beck Bailer can be operated autonomously thanks to its own control system and is particularly interesting for producers of industrial plastic buckets. With a cycle time of 3.5s per bucket, the system enables the quick assembly of metal handles on different bucket sizes.

The buckets are fed individually to the Bailer via a conveyor belt. They are then precisely positioned and aligned with the bracket hole. Optionally, the alignment can also take place on an additional feature. Via a magazine, the unshaped metal handles can be fed individually, automatically separated and provided with a handle roll. The grip rolls can be fed into the system as bulk material via a spiral conveyor. After the grip roll has been pushed on, the nubs are formed on the metal rod ends and the ends are bent off by 90°. Subsequently, a forming plate and forming rollers bring the metal rod into the desired handle shape. The shaping rollers can be moved and positioned as required via two servo axes, and the end position can be changed via the HMI while the system is running if necessary. All the individual steps for shaping the handle are carried out sequentially at separate stations. "Because the finished moulded handle has a high level of reproducibility as a result, the process stability of the next steps and the quality of the finished packaging product are increased," says Zehnder.

The fully formed handles are conveyed to the conjunction station for final assembly, where the bucket and the handle are precisely aligned and the ends of the handle are pressed into the holes. The position of the handle ends on the product is monitored. If there is no handle or if it is only pressed in correctly on one side, the bucket is not stacked and is conveyed individually to the exit conveyor. The products that are considered good are stacked after this step and conveyed out of the system via a conveyor belt, where the buckets are available for further processing purposes.

The Beck Bailer can handle a wide range of bucket shapes from round, rectangular, square to oval. It is possible to fit buckets with a diameter of 175mm to 380mm and a height of 100mm to 450mm with a metal handle and therefore cover a large bucket bandwidth of approx. 2L to 40L. The bail specifications that can be processed range from 370mm to 645mm in length and 2.7mm to 4.0mm in diameter. In total, the Beck Bailer can be loaded with 1500 metal rods and 500 grip rollers. " As a result, we enable cycle-time-optimised bailer loading. In the event of a production change, the system can be easily and quickly converted. This also applies to the adjustment of the conveyor belts, which do not have to be adjusted in height in the event of a bucket change. Furthermore, we have paid attention to efficient maintenance with simple and cost-effective wear parts," Zehner continues. Thanks to integrated rollers, the Bailer can also be quickly relocated within a production line and positioned at other lines.  After the market launch, the Beck Bailer can be delivered 10 to 12 weeks after the customer's order.

The Beck Bailer will be on public display for the first time at the Beck Automation booth in Hall 12 B36-05.

BECK Automation with new solutions and new business unit at K 2022

The world's leading trade fair for plastics and synthetic material is casting its shadow ahead. From 19 to 26 October, the industry will meet at Messe Düsseldorf. Beck Automation will also be taking part in the trade fair and presenting a range of new products and innovative solutions for in-mould labelling (IML), efficient packaging automation and medical applications.

A new product from Beck Automation is the Beck Bailer. The Beck Bailer enables the fully automatic assembly of metal handles on buckets. The system can be operated autonomously thanks to its own PLC and should be of particular interest to producers of plastic industrial buckets. Buckets are fed into the system, precisely positioned and oriented with the bracket hole. A pre cut metal rod is then separated, the grip rollers are pushed on and the rod is given the desired handle shape. The finished handles are conveyed to a conjunction station where the bucket and the handle are precisely aligned and then the ends of the handle are pressed into the holes. Various bucket shapes from round, rectangular, square to oval can be processed. It is possible to process buckets with a diameter of 175mm to 380mm and a height of 100mm to 450mm. The system has been designed for a cycle of 3.5s per bucket. The Beck Bailer will be on public display for the first time at the Beck Automation stand in Hall 12 B36-05.

Another focus of the trade fair presentation at booth B36-05 is on applications in the medical sector. Beck Automation only actively entered this sector at the beginning of the business year. Since then, the medical business has developed extremely well. That's why Ralf Ziemer, Sales Manager Medical at Beck Automation, has high expectations for K 2022: "We convince our counterparts with our engineering and our understanding of the structural design of a medical system. As soon as we address this topic and show examples of what we understand by Swiss engineering, the customer's interest increases. K 2022 offers us the opportunity to present our solutions in the medical field to a large audience." In particular, the focus will be on the possible applications of IML for medical products. An area of application that opens up new possibilities in the functionality of a product and which in the meantime affects about 50% of all enquiries.

Furthermore, Beck Automation is presenting an adjustment head for even more precise label alignment. "With today's IML systems, the positioning of the labels can change during operation. This can occur due to a magazine change, label change or within a label stack due to cutting tolerances," explains Nino Zehnder, Head of Marketing and Sales at Beck Automation AG. The adjustment head is part of the IML system. It picks up individual labels, measures and aligns them in the desired position. The new development is mounted on the transport unit, which loads the core dummy with labels. On the transport path between the magazine and the core dummy, the newly developed head precisely aligns the label, thus increasing positioning accuracy, ultimately reducing waste and manual fine adjustments. The application will be on display at the WITTMANN BATTENFELD stand in Hall 15, booth C06.

High demand for IML solutions in the medical sector

This spring, Beck Automation AG officially entered the international medical market. The focus was on automation solutions for producers of medical consumables manufactured by injection moulding. After three months, the first positive developments can already be summarized.

"At the beginning, we assumed that our market entry would be positively evaluated by medical companies. However, we did not expect so much positive feedback and requests," Ralf Ziemer, Sales Manager Medical at Beck Automation, recalls. It was not only the reactions to the market entry in the social networks that were extremely positive, but also the requests received in the following period. Beck Automation had to correct the estimates. It had been assumed that there would be less demand for in-mould-labelling applications, and we initially concentrated on applications in the area of high-speed take out and downstream.

However, IML solutions have also been in high demand until now, which is why Beck Automation has adapted its strategy. "We didn't necessarily want to push IML in the medical sector, but about 50% of all requests have to do with IML. Some of these are specific, high-precision applications. For example, we are currently working on a solution to insert an RFID label into components that will later be used with pre-filled syringes. We received the request for this future-oriented technology because we are the only automation company that can offer such precise solutions," says Ziemer. In addition, other promising projects were generated.

"We convince our business partners with our engineering and our understanding of the structural design of a medical system. As soon as we address this topic and show examples of what we understand by Swiss engineering, we call the customers attention. As a result, we receive mostly relate to functional and high-precision IML. This is very important, especially in the medical sector," Ziemer continues. For example, the Beck Automation engineering team is currently working on a solution to apply the scale of a centrifuge tube using IML. In this case, IML is to replace the printing technology used so far. Ziemer is aware that the IML process must be very precise, reliable and repeatable. To some extent, tolerances (print to cut) of the labels have to be compensated too.

"We are able to reproduce these very precise IML processes. In doing so, we combine our experience with the innovations we have developed. Moreover, we are already working on future technologies, such as high-precision positioning, which we will present this year during the K trade fair in Düsseldorf," Ziemer explains further.

Beck Automation participates in medical trade fair MD&M West 2022 in California

After entering the medical industry, the Swiss automation specialist is participating in a medical trade fair for the first time. MD&M West, which takes place from 12 to 14 April at the Convention Center in Anaheim, California, brings together medical technology engineers, business leaders, innovative companies and thought leaders to develop high-performance solutions and innovative, medical products.

"We are very excited about participating in the trade fair. Our announcement to enter the medical market has been met with an extremely positive response, so we are now very excited to further develop direct dialogue with interested parties and customers," explains Ralf Ziemer, Medical Sales Manager at Beck Automation. MD&M West is the largest US trade fair for medical technology, where suppliers and purchasers meet and innovative new products are presented. "Thus, the trade fair is the ideal platform for us to present ourselves to the industry," adds Ziemer.

The automation solutions of the Swiss family-owned company comply with the regulations of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are cleanroom compatible up to class ISO 8. Production steps such as oriented removal, scaling or labelling of hollow bodies by means of functional IML, the insertion of highly transparent films, membranes or functional components before injection moulding are carried out with complete precision and efficiency. Fully integrated modules for optical quality assurance and packaging solutions round off the entire manufacturing spectrum. Beck Medical offers complete solutions from the conceptual design of a system to acceptance. "Our specialists provide competent advice on all questions of automation and also optimise existing manufacturing processes. All implementations are subject to the Swiss Engineering seal of quality, which stands for well thought-out concepts, precision, clear structures and the use of state-of-the-art materials. The result is high-quality machines and systems ", says Ziemer.

Beck Automation will be presenting its automation solutions at MD&M West 2022 on stand 2966. For further information, please visit https://www.beck-medical.com/en/.

Beck Automation expands into the medical market

The Swiss technology company Beck Automation develops innovative automation solutions that can be integrated into the production processes of plastics processing industries. The company, which is now in its third generation of family management, has now established another mainstay in the medical sector. The focus is on producers of medical consumables that are manufactured using injection moulding. The first projects have already been realised.

"We have been looking at this option for about four years, as Switzerland is a global medical location with pharmaceutical companies and research and development facilities. Furthermore, we see an increasing demand for automation solutions, which we can serve with our profound automation know-how and our many years of experience regarding the development and production of customised solutions. Therefore, our entry into the medical market is therefore a consistent step. At the same time, it represents a milestone in the history of Beck Automation", explains Nicolas Beck, managing owner of Beck Automation AG, the step into the medical sector. A separate business unit was founded within the company for this purpose. "We want to focus specifically on the medical market. For this reason, the medical business unit will operate autonomously within our organisation in order to be able to react competently, flexibly and quickly to customer requirements," adds Nino Zehnder, Marketing and Sales Manager at Beck Automation.

Already in the planning phase of the new business unit, a start was made on building up product- and market-specific knowledge as well as personnel. Engineering, project management and service were aligned according to the new, specific conditions.

Ralf Ziemer completes the team in sales with his profound industry know-how. "There are many automation possibilities in the medical and cosmetics industry. Beck has 36 years of experience in the field of automation. Because of this, our products are very interesting for pharmaceutical companies, their manufacturers, but also for companies in the cosmetics industry. We offer excellent solution possibilities," says Ziemer.

Beck is aware that medical components are not standard parts. The products require very individual, customised solutions and this is where the company sees its core competence. "Our customers benefit from our highly efficient, customised systems that offer sustainable economic advantages. We set ourselves the highest standards in product and production reliability. We ensure this through solutions that are reproducible, validatable and hygienically flawless," Zehnder continues. Medical products must not pose any risks to patients and users, which is why they must be free of defects. "Our systems rule out mismanipulation, are modular in design and can be realised in a small space. Cost pressure is constantly increasing, and production space, especially in cleanrooms, is expensive. We have to take this into account," adds Ziemer.  Beck's solutions comply with the regulations of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are suitable for cleanrooms up to class ISO 8.

Beck Automation equips machines with new HMI

Optimized, flexible operation of the machines was Beck Automation's development objective with regard to the new HMI. The modern input system in upright format not only facilitates program selection at the machine, but also offers a portable solution for flexible access around the machines.

The new HMI consists of a robust industrial panel. "We redesigned the entire input interface to provide more space for status messages. In addition, all functions and input options have been provided with clear pictograms so that the operator can work intuitively," explains Raphael Schor, CTO of Beck Automation AG. The main functions such as start, stop and reset can be triggered by means of separate buttons mounted on the HMI housing for easy operation. With previous input systems, the buttons were integrated into the HMI surface, which made direct, fast access impossible.

The new systems are always delivered with a permanently installed panel. As an alternative to a second identical panel on the other side of the machine, customers can now make an even more flexible selection. "The system can also be equipped and operated with a portable terminal, such as an I-Pad. This allows the user to walk around the machine while having full access to the machine's functions," Schor continues.

Beck Automation AG takes part in this year’s Fakuma and introduces new online presence

The Swiss IML automation manufacturer Beck Automation will be taking part in Fakuma 2021 in Friedrichshafen from 12 to 16 October. In addition to its participation in the trade fair, Beck Automation is also appearing online with a new corporate website in new splendour.

"We are looking forward to the first trade fair after a very long time," says Nino Zehnder, Marketing and Sales Manager of Beck Automation AG, with regard to the event at the Friedrichshafen exhibition centre.

The company was able to book a stand at short notice. "Due to the Corona situation, it was questionable whether trade fairs would take place. That's why we only decided to take part in the last few weeks, but without exhibiting any systems," says Zehnder. However, this does not affect the anticipation of the trade fair. "We see Fakuma as a restart for our international trade fair and event activities, and we're looking forward to making more direct contact with customers and interested parties again," Zehnder emphasises. In addition to the existing IML solutions, the Beck Automation AG sales team will also give interested parties an insight into future developments.

In addition to participating in the trade fair, a new online presence has been developed over the past months and weeks. "The Corona crisis has clearly shown that a website must be more than just a pure product showcase. We have taken this into account and are presenting a new website, which will enable us to guarantee a better transfer of information to our customers and a better quality of information in the future, including a high degree of interactivity. The new online presence represents the Beck Automation company in a new, modern, appealing way and will always have new information and interactions ready in the future", says Zehnder.

You can visit Beck Automation at Fakuma in Hall FGO, Stand FGO-50.

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