Learning Factory at W Booth School Delivers for Edson Packaging

Oct 11, 2017
Edson Robotic Case Packer
Edson Flexible E-Commerce SR3600 Case Packer at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017

Hamilton-based Edson Packaging Machinery Limited, a ProMach company, has been manufacturing leading edge industrial case and tray packaging systems for more than 50 years. Its machines are widely used to case pack many household items ranging from tissue products and detergents to pharmaceuticals and beverages.

This summer the company engaged the W Booth School in a time-sensitive project to develop a custom tool attachment for a robotic arm assembly fitted to a packaging system used to demonstrate Edson’s state-of-the-art capabilities.

This tool was designed and made in the Learning Factory, a new manufacturing facility located at the W Booth School and set to officially open in fall 2017. It’s designed to replicate a fully integrated ‘factory of the future’ and features the core ingredients of Industry 4.0, including a modular layout, internet-based connectivity and technologies that enable small run, bespoke manufacturing.

“The Learning Factory is a shared space where students, faculty and industry partners come together to design and make things using modern processes and materials,” said Dr. Mo Elbestawi, Director of the W Booth School. “It’s a place to tackle real world manufacturing challenges through practice, technology and mentorship.”

The Edson project came to the Learning Factory through a contact made earlier this year at a manufacturers’ conference. It was assigned to Reiner Schmidt (pictured), a recent graduate of the W Booth School (Bachelor of Engineering, McMaster 2015) and co-founder of Roboteurs, a Hamilton start-up focused on automation-related products and services. He’s been contracted to help commission the factory while serving as a technical lead on a variety of projects.

From start to finish, he delivered the custom tool to Edson in less than two weeks. “This project shows how the Learning Factory serves as a go-to resource for local manufacturers keen to innovate,” said Dr. Elbestawi, noting the ongoing leadership of key faculty members, including Dr. Ishwar Singh.

The team at Edson says its ‘Made at Mac’ tool will attach to a plant scale demonstration system on display at the Pack Expo trade show in Las Vegas this September. The tool will pick up and dispense free candy bags and mini footballs — a fun and effective way to showcase intelligent technology in action.

About Edson

Edson manufactures case and tray packing systems with unrivaled expertise in handling delicate tissue and paper-based products while maintaining high levels of packing performance. Edson’s core offerings include high-speed horizontal case packing, product handling, and integrated solutions. Like their machinery, Edson's relationships with their customers are built to last, acheiving a legacy of excellence with the most renowned tissue converting companies. Edson is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach Robotics & End of Line business line, Edson helps our packaging customers protect their reputation and grow the trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Edson at www.Edson.com and more about ProMach at www.ProMachBuilt.com.

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