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TISHMA TECHNOLOGIES:
Packaging Machinery Automation Overview

Tishma Technologies (an IPG company) has been an innovative leader in the field of packaging automation for more than 40 years. As designs and developments have advanced with time, our team has been at the forefront of modernization and invention. Today, our packaging automation machines are used by a variety of sectors on a global scale, from food and beverage (F&B) companies to medical and pharmaceutical suppliers. 

 

We complete all design, fabrication, and assembly work in-house, allowing us to maintain strict control over our solutions. Through our quality craftsmanship, innovation, and access to top-notch technology, we create modular designs to help companies fulfill their packaging needs, allowing them to meet client demands and maintain compliance with strict industry regulations. 

Types of Packaging Machines

We offer Cartoning, Case Packing, Automatic Case Sealing, Vision Inspection, Void Fill, Robotics and Palletizing machines designed to meet the needs of every business, from small-to-medium companies or startups to large-scale enterprises. 

Advanced E-Commerce Automation

With our e-commerce machinery, we leverage right-size technology to adjust our packaging solutions to meet specific product needs. This approach allows us to reduce our labor, waste, and consumption without sacrificing product quality or customer satisfaction.

E-CO Flex
Our exclusive distribution relationship with IMA S.p.A. provides us the  E-CO Flex Automated Packaging Station. It does the work of multiple, conventional pack stations in just one machine. Its modular design references the client's existing box suite to select, erect, downsize, and tape each box with IPG’s premium quality recyclable, water-activated tapes.

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AMS - Auto Mailer System
The AMS - Auto Mailer System is an industry-leading design that automatically creates a paper, mailable package around each order. Right-sizing flow wrap technology allows us to tailor the paper mailer package size according to the product need. It further offers the ability for WMS, Inkjet and Labeling integration.

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Perfect Packer - Void Fill System
Our Perfect Packer Automated Void Fill System with AI Technology keeps products securely in place, optimizing the order fulfillment packing line. 

With features that include 3D sensors, a high-resolution camera, and a state-of-the-art analytics display, the Perfect Packer uses artificial intelligence (AI) to fine-tune void fill amounts every time. 

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SafeSeal-AI - Automated Machine Vision Inspection

We harnessed the power of AI to create a user-friendly in-line heat seal inspection system, simplifying and improving quality control in the food and medical industries. Our deep-learning AI tools use thermal images to identify and alert teams on sealing defects, including ones that most rules-based vision tools or inspections typically miss. 

SafeSeal-AI is our computer-based, turnkey inspection system for heat-sealed trays and packaged products. It includes every component required to perform accurate, reliable inspections, operating at a rate up to 300 scans/minute. 

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Palletizers

Our palletizing solutions equip companies to quickly and safely stack cases of goods. Our lines include many different solutions for various applications, including robotic, gantry, and collaborative palletizer systems. 

OpenStack
OpenStack is our compact, portable palletizer. Its nimble operations and open, guardless layout allow teams to stack your product and move pallets out of the door as quickly as possible, with minimal footprint and operator involvement required. 

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TetriStack
TetriStack is our versatile, modular robotic palletizer. It features a compact, lightweight design that can be adapted to a vide variety of of packaging applications that may include multiple infeeds and outfeeds, slip sheet handling, pallet magazines, and custom end-of-arm-tooling design.

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Cartoners, Case/Tray Packers, and Erectors

We designed our cartoners, case/tray packers, and case erectors to assimilate seamlessly into any packaging line. Our products meet a range of business needs, from vacuum-assisted case feeders that reduce downtime to robotic arms that perform a myriad operations at once.

Auxiliary Services

When you partner with Tishma Technologies, your experience doesn't end at the point of sale. We provide comprehensive auxiliary services for WMS and full Integration services to make sure our automated solutions fit your needs long into the future. 

Spare Parts and Maintenance Programs

We're dedicated to being a full-service supplier for our clients all around the world. We will support you before, during, and after your installation, providing services that include:

  • Pre-assembled maintenance kits
  • Part number engraving for easy identification
  • Specially designed retrofit kits

Our mechanical, electrical and software service technicians have access to our full spare parts inventory, allowing them to keep thousands of machines up and running around the world.

Sales Support and Maintenance

When your sale closes, our Service & Technical Support Teams get to work. We're here to ensure you're fully satisfied with every aspect of your purchase. If something goes wrong, we'll make it right. 

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On-Site and Remote Support

If you need assistance with any part of your project, let us know. We offer professional audits, field maintenance, and tech support as well as remote assistance, consultation, and advice. 

Full Packing Line Design, Integration, and Custom Packaging Systems

We're industry leaders in our field because we integrate top-of-the-line technology and automation into every aspect of our integrated packaging systems. This allows us to meet even the most complex needs and support a wide range of applications. 

Robotics

From automatic case erecting and loading to bundling, palletizing, and line-tracking, our robotic packaging solutions are varied. We use multi-axis robotic arms to solve challenges throughout the design and deployment process, including the prototyping, integration, and maintenance stages. 

Machine Vision

Our machine vision software helps users create customized algorithms so they can independently deploy their own packaging operations. This simplifies steps such as palletizing/depalletizing, machine tending, bin picking, and more. 

Labeling

We can integrate a range of embossing, ink jet printing or labeling features into our equipment as required. While this addition can benefit any company, it's especially beneficial in the pharmaceutical industry, where companies must follow strict coding, labeling and serialization standards.

Washdown and Sanitary

We know that some industries, such as the F&B and pharmaceutical sectors, require extremely clean and sterile environments, even in the warehouse. Our equipment can stand up against washdown and sanitation procedures, including high-pressure spray or heat, without losing its appearance or functionality. 

Electrical components are safely concealed in washdown, waterproof electrical enclosures meet NEMA requirements. This means proper precautions are in place to ensure splashes and streams from a hose don't interfere with its capabilities. 

Quality, Safety, and Compliance

We design our products to be intuitive, high-quality, and user-friendly. We also ensure they align with industry regulations and requirements. All our products are quality, safety / sanitization tested and further supported by risk assessments, GMP & GAMP’s compliance and IQ/OQ qualifications.

Overall Adherence to GMPs

Our team will draft and compile documentation to prove that all aspects of our machine development process comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP 5) standards. 

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Operation Manuals

We won't ask you to decipher system functionality on your own. Our systems come equipped with all the documentation you need to conduct staff training, as well as guides to help you use, maintain, and standardize your machines. 

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FAT/SAT Procedures for Successful implementation

We follow industry-regulated best practices when conducting each factory acceptance test (FAT) and site acceptance test (SAT). For each test, we closely check the following components:

  • Basic machine function 
  • Software, hardware, automation
  • Machine output
  • Documentation 

Both FAT and SAT testing allow us to verify that the system in question is functioning correctly and complies with relevant standards and specifications.

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IQ-OQ-PQ

Our Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification (OQ), and Performance Qualification (PQ) protocols allow us to perform two key actions: 

  • Ensure all sites can accommodate new packaging equipment before installation 
  • Verify that all equipment is achieving or exceeding operational requirements once installed

Through initial IQ testing, we ensure that all of our parts are installed and configured according to manufacturer specifications and our own installation checklists. Then, our OQ testing includes identifying and checking components that could impact the quality of our final product. As the final step, PQ testing involves verifying and documenting that the design meets all user requirements.

Together, all of these processes help use ensure that our packaging solutions meet strict standards for usability and quality assurance. They also keep our production processes consistent, so that quality never wavers.

Built-in Machine Safety

High-tech packaging solutions like ours can be dangerous if used improperly. That's why we designed them with built-in controls to support user safety and prevent accidents. 

Guarding, Interlocks

Guarding software supports safe and accurate end of line packing machines, helping to control where the robotic arms go. In addition, we also install safety electrical interlocks to prevent machines from operating or starting up in an unsafe environment. 

Electrical

We take electrical safety seriously, and we're transparent about our compliance with industry-leading standards, including NEMA and UL.

NEMA

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has defined the standards that North American manufacturers must use when deploying different grades of electrical enclosures in industrial applications. Our solutions are NEMA compliant.

UL

We also follow all applicable Underwriters Laboratories (UL) guidelines when developing, testing, and deploying our components, materials, and systems. These are the most widely known and followed standards in the electrical industry.

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Market Segments Served

Our solutions help businesses around the world optimize their warehouse operations, improve client satisfaction, and unlock new efficiencies. Some of the market segments we serve include:

  • Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)
  • Omni-Channel Retail and E-Commerce Distribution
  • Food and Beverage Production
  • Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Production
  • Fulfillment & Warehousing Distribution
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Within these sectors, our options include:

  • Candy and snacks packaging automation 
  • Medical supplies packaging
  • Pharma bottle packaging
  • Pharmaceutical packaging

In all of these sectors, we offer high-speed, state-of-art primary packaging machines, secondary packaging machines, and tertiary packaging machines. 

In the candy and snacks market, brands use our equipment to pack a variety of confectionary products including candy blisters, free-flowing candies, candy stick packs, chocolates, chewing gums, and more. Our packaging solutions for medical and pharmaceutical supplies cover products such as masks, gloves, goggles, and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as pill/tablet blisters, vials, syringes, and related gear.

For the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, we design vertical and horizontal cartoning and case-packing solutions for secondary packaging products that include plastic and glass bottles of any shape. This includes wide-mouthed bottles, round bottles, pharma cylinders, and other items. We also develop automation-driven pharmaceutical packing solutions for vials, ampoules, stick packs and sachets - all in line with the latest industry standards. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about our packaging equipment? Here are answers to some of the most common ones we encounter.

How Does Packaging Automation Machinery Improve Production Efficiency?

Automation has helped industries around the world optimize and quicken their production times. Smart, AI-driven systems reduce the need for manual labor, improving performance efficiency and reducing operational costs. 

What Is the Cost of Packaging Automation Machinery?

Costs can vary. Standalone machines start at around $150,000, while a full packaging line can cost into the millions. 

What Is the Expected ROI When Investing in Packaging Automation Machinery?

Payback periods can also vary. Many of our clients recover their initial funds in as little as a few months by capitalizing on their new efficiencies.

Can the Machinery be Customized to Fit Specific Packaging Needs?

Yes! Tishma Technologies is known for solving challenging packaging problems. We can customize our packaging machinery to meet your business needs.

What Materials Can the Machinery Handle?

Our durable, rugged machines are built to handle a range of different materials, including:

  • Cartons
  • Cases
  • Trays
  • Mailers
  • Pallets
How User-Friendly Is the Machinery?

The learning curve with our solutions is very short. We specifically design each piece to be as user-friendly and intuitive as possible, so you can get up and running quickly. 

How Does the Machinery Integrate with Existing Production Lines?

We keep systems integration top of mind when designing our products. Our integrated packaging machines are built to seamlessly assimilate into your existing solutions. Our applications team can review your current production lines, then design around what's already in place. 

What are the Lead Times for Manufacturing and Delivery?

Lead times can vary depending on the product. Most of our machines are ready to ship as soon as you place an order, and we can even build our custom solutions in as little as one month! Larger machines and more complex packing lines may take multiple months to complete. 

Discover Our Full Line of Packaging Automation Machines

There's a reason why clients around the world have trusted Tishma Technologies for more than four decades. Our proven best practices, tech-centric design approach, and commitment to quality set us apart from our industry competitors. 

We're the leading experts in packaging automation machines, and we're continually designing new solutions to meet evolving client needs.

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To learn more about what we offer, contact us today.