Pilz's safe automation solutions cover access guarding, interlocking safety gates, safe restart interlock for robot cells, diagnostics for troubleshooting, and safe transport

Latest reports indicate that the FMCG market in India is expected to grow rapidly, with revenues reaching nearly US$615.87 billion by 2027. This growth is driven by factors such as rising consumer demand, higher prices for essential items, and government policies.

The growth in the FMCG sector means increased demand for goods, which benefits machine builders in India by creating a demand for manufacturing equipment. Moreover, as factories increase their production to meet the rising demand, ensuring worker safety becomes extremely important.

Machine builders and factories increasingly look to invest in automated machinery equipped with safety features to mitigate risks and enhance productivity. Pilz is a trusted name in providing machine builders and factories with digitized, connected, flexible, efficient, safe, and secure automation solutions.

Safeguarding the end-of-line packaging

End-of-line automation often relies on robot applications, especially for palletizing cartons or secondary packaging and heat-sealing pallets. With regulations and laws getting stringent, machine builders and factories must prioritize personnel protection, typically ensured through guards. In the event of maintenance or malfunction, it must be possible to put the machine back into operation quickly and safely to minimize unproductive downtimes. 

Pilz’s safe automation solutions cover access guarding, interlocking safety gates, safe restart interlock for robot cells, diagnostics for troubleshooting, and safe transport via AGVs and AGVS for end-of-line packaging needs.

Flexible solutions for safety and security in packaging automation

Pilz offers a comprehensive array of products and services tailored to packaging machinery manufacturers and factories. Pilz says it always prioritizes safety and security, providing holistic solutions while offering personalized consultations to meet specific needs. Leveraging its extensive industry experience, the company ensures compliance with international standards and directives, conducting risk assessments, safety concepts, safety design, safety implementation, and validation of all machinery and plants.

With flexible automation systems, Pilz supports open interfaces and decentralized system architecture to enhance adaptability. Moreover, the simple configuration and programming software streamline processes, resulting in significant time and cost savings. With smart and safe automation solutions from Pilz, machine builders benefit from not only machinery safety – protecting against avoidable accidents, but also contributing towards an economical, efficient packaging process with less downtime, including capacity planning (predictive maintenance).

With the Pilz PNOZmulti 2 configurable small controller, machine builders can perform control tasks safely and reliably. The Pilz PNOZmulti 2, together with the PSENslock (safe process guarding), PSENmlock (interlocking and guard locking with the safety gate sensor), and the PITgatebox (push button unit for simple operation of the safety gate system), are tailor-made solutions for safeguarding end-of-line packaging lines. The integrated access permission system PITreader is also available as an option for user authentication in packaging lines.

Collaboration for business growth

Pilz offers customer-oriented, innovative, and holistic automation solutions per applicable standards and laws. Pilz as ‘ambassadors of safety’ is a reliable partner for the safe automation issues of tomorrow. Pilz’s involvement in around 50 standards committees worldwide ensures that personnel —a company’s most valuable asset — can work safely and without injury. Pilz partners with machinery manufacturers and factories offering invaluable support in ensuring machinery safety and compliance with regulations. By collaborating with Pilz, machine builders gain access to comprehensive safety solutions, expert consultations, and innovative automation systems, enabling them to deliver reliable and compliant machinery to their customers.

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