Whether it’s improving fill accuracy, simplifying changeovers, reducing machine footprint, or making it easier to penetrate specific regional markets, advanced controls technology is the key. Four different packaging machinery OEMs are meeting emerging marketplace demands by leveraging the latest in controls and automation technology. At ProMach’s Federal Manufacturing group, Beckhoff components are behind a next-gen liquid weight filler. At Coesia’s R.A Jones, SIKO position indicators now rely on a standardized communications protocol, IO-Link, for data transmission to and from the PLC. At Winpak, continuous controls improvements involving Bosch Rexroth technology have brought multiple benefits. And at Omori-Europe, servo motors and drives from Lenze make it much easier to penetrate a European market whose regulations and safety requirements are quite specific. We begin with Federal Manufacturing, where meeting customer demands while adding functionality led to the 2017 introduction of the XACT-FIL™ machine. An important addition to the comprehensive range of ProMach solutions, the XACT-FIL is a multi-model line of next-generation weight fillers suitable for HDPE, PET, metal, o...