SMC to showcase at Foodtech Packtech 2021

Following a year of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand’s leading trade exhibition will once again resume from 13 to 15 April 2021.

Foodtech Packtech, the authority on the food, processing and packaging industries will open its doors to industry peers at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.

SMC Corporation Australia/ New Zealand (ANZ) is included in this year’s stellar exhibitor line-up, and the company promises to impress with its latest campaign.

Embracing change

“The past year taught us to embrace change,” says Shyam Suresh, acting branch manager for SMC Auckland. “Ensuring a flexible approach to our day-to-day business operations – particularly on the factory floor – has proven to be a huge competitive advantage for companies operating in the manufacturing sector. And this is where SMC comes in.”

Smart steps to flexible manufacturing

SMC will launch its latest campaign entitled ‘Smart Steps to Flexible Manufacturing’ at this year’s show. Explains Shyam: “Contrary to popular belief, taking incremental steps toward your digitisation journey can make the biggest difference and will greatly assist in ‘futureproofing’ business operations.”

Rather than upgrading entire systems, the team at SMC is here to show that there are smart and affordable decisions that one can make. “Upgrading your production to become smarter can include steps towards energy savings, newer technologies and/ or improving remote access capabilities for improved efficiencies and reduced downtime.”

Wireless technology, smarter vacuum systems, improved air filtration, Industry 4.0 solutions, robotic end effectors as well as safety communication technology and components are just some of the ideas that can be considered.

Suresh says that a big drive to launch this campaign is the need for reshoring. “Customers want to produce locally made products to compete on a global stage and to ensure shorter supply chains. SMC is assisting customers around the country with their requirements and offers special engineering and design, virtual (and hands-on) support, high stock levels, shorter delivery times and latest technology to support local manufacturers.”

Other highlights

Suresh adds that Foodtech Packtech is the ideal event to showcase its comprehensive vacuum range which is receiving praise both locally and abroad.

“In terms of lightweight engineering, SMC will also use this opportunity to demonstrate how design and materials can be used to help to minimize the weight of the end solution – without affecting its performance. These innovations are especially powerful for robotic applications”,

Suresh says that there will be many new and old ‘favourites’ on show at the SMC booth. “We welcome visitors to join us at booth 2023 throughout the show.”

SMC is also the sponsor of the Izakaya Bar which offers visitors the opportunity to connect more socially with SMC and other exhibitors.