Leuze brings sensors and remote calibration for packaging 4.0

Leuze sensors for industrial automation at PackPlus 2021

Leuze team at PackPlus 2021. photo PSA

Leuze electronic has been inventing, manufacturing, and distributing cost-effective sensor systems for industrial automation worldwide for over a decade. The South Germany-headquartered company looks at the whole picture of a customer’s workflow to develop practical solutions. Until just a few years ago, sensors had to be set up manually each time a product was changed – today, connection via IO-Link provides reproducible remote calibration and continuous monitoring. This makes sensor solutions ready for Industry 4.0 and easier to both retrofit and integrate within new packaging machines and solutions.

Leuze substantially began its India operations in Bengaluru in April 2008 and presently has branches in all major cities of India. At the recent PackPlus exhibition in the Delhi NCR, the company’s manager of sales, Sagar Parmar talked about its motion sensors and further developments in ethernet and internet communication devices, roto scans, 270 degree, and 360-degree safety devices.

Describing itself as ‘The Sensor People’ Leuze has specialized in sensors for more than 50 years. Leuze Electronic has developed and manufactured optoelectronic sensors, identification systems, image processing, data transmission systems, and safety systems since 1962. The firm is well-known for its optical sensor innovation across the spectrum in factory automation.

Leuze is a group of five product centers which it calls PCs. Its PC1 is for optoelectronic sensors, including inductive, photo-sensors, ultrasonic, laser, and capacitive sensors. PC2 is focused on measurement including distance measurement and data transmission. The PC3 comprised identification using one-dimensional and two-dimensional barcode scanners, RFID, and machine vision.

The company’s PC4 is for security and services which include laser scanners, light safety curtains, locking mechanisms, and pull cord switches. PC5 for trading goods and label items, including signal lights, encoders, connectors, power supplies, mounting brackets, and several types of motion sensors for the conveyor industry, were showcased at PackPlus in December 2021.

Pandemic gives impetus to automation in packaging

At a time when reduced resources and hands-free operation and quality control have increased in importance, there has been a renewed interest in packaging automation. Leuze has participated in PackPlus three times but during the pandemic-related break for shows in 2020, customers took the opportunity to personally inform themselves about the company’s offers and establish personal contact. “After the pandemic, a huge surge has been seen in the packaging sector, and consumers are moving towards packaged food,” says Parmar. “The packaging sector is evolving, and innovations are daily happening in the industry so that the packaging becomes good and sustainable.” Parmar concluded by saying, “Exhibitions are the best place for business because you can compare company products to select the best for your business.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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