Unitech's app for packaging planning now available
The Unitech mobile app for packaging systems is now available for download on the AppStore for iOS. In an effort to enable partners to make all the calculations needed to plan their production, costs and raw material consumption, Unitech now provides a perfect complement to its automatic packaging systems.
This is the result of a 4.0 mindset that go beyond the usual approach in integrating new systems and technology.
Regarding the range of automatic pallet wrappers, the app can calculate:
-Film weight per pallet
-Packaging cost per pallet
-Pallets per roll
-Final packaging cost
The pallet strappers section can calculate the cost per pallet according to the parameters used and dimensions.
The section concerning automatic rewinders can give an overview of the whole production starting from observable parameters and productivity, calculating:
-Number of reels produced
-Net seconds to produce a reel
-KGs of finished product
-KGs produced per day, month and year
-Single roll cost
-Depreciation of investment
Not all pallets are created equal. Some of them need a higher degree of protection than others, due to their value, importance or physical properties. Nevertheless, adding more protection should not have a significant impact on production times. This is why Unitech, relying on its expertise in the development of custom solutions for the packaging industry, decided to integrate corner protection application as part of the functionality of its automatic packaging machines.
The company’s automatic pallet wrappers and strapping systems can be fitted as an option with dedicated corner or edge protection application devices, adding paper or plastic reinforcements to the loads, which can dramatically increase the level of protection while keeping timing and productivity under control. Unitech can integrate applicators for horizontal or vertical, long or short corner boards.
Protection can be further improved with a top cover applicator, also available on Unitech’s packaging systems. Top covers (plastic or cardboard) can provide with an added layer of safety, making the load dust-proof or waterproof (plastic only).
Unitech is set to take a new, powerful step, in the Industry 4.0 world by introducing the brand-new UPI Environment, which will come as an option on the new automatic rewinding machines and is set for further development in other types of machinery.
UPI (User PLC Interface) is a cloud-based monitoring and scheduling environment that can collect production data from the machines and schedule events throughout their lifespan. As an additional feature, UPI can also manage video streams: using an IP Camera installed inside the machine, and Unitech's remote assistance capabilities, support can reach the next level, reducing downtimes and maintenance costs.With UPI, Unitech customers can:
- monitor the production in real time
- quickly visualize the KPI (key performance indicators)
- locate the position of every machine in the fleet
- download extremely detailed production reports including daily and monthly summaries, standby times
- analyze alarms and potential warnings and other events
- schedule maintenance checks
- use internal video to speed-up the diagnostic and maintenance process
It only takes an internet connection, and an ethernet cable. A powerful micro-computer is then installed in the machine and it connects to the cloud database using a SSH/TLS protocol. The information can be accessed via an online computer interface or downloaded in database form.
The system was developed for Unitech by Firewall Information Technology, a cutting-edge IT provider, and is based on the latest big data-ready database technology.
Ease of use, efficiency, precision and safety. Unitech keeps innovating at every level and the latest addition is an evolutionary step for the company's stretch film rewinders. The brand-new feature is a 12-inch touchscreen display. A large, efficient and functional interface that allows for more immediacy and ease of use. It's not only a matter of aesthetics. The new display, as always happens with all the evolutions proposed by Unitech, is a way of cutting every possible corner in the pursuit of absolute perfection. Actually even small improvements, combined and repeated for every production cycle, can make the difference.