Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. to Showcase Open Source Friction Feeders at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

Aug 30, 2023 | Press Release

Open Source Friction Feeders by Pineberry Manufacturing Inc

Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. eliminates proprietary electrical components, making HSF and SF the only open source Friction Feeders on the market with smartphone app capabilities.

Toronto, ON, June 29, 2017 – Reduce packaging machine downtime through open source controls.  Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. is the only manufacturer of Open Source Friction Feeders with smartphone app capabilities; reporting real-time machine data.  Built with 100% non-proprietary electronic components, Pineberry Manufacturing Inc.’s Open Source HSF and SF Friction Feeders demonstrate an unbeatable level of operational simplicity, reliability, robustness and cost efficiency.  The Pineberry Friction Feeders can be easily integrated into manual and automated lines, and comes with a user-friendly touch screen display.

“The robust Open Source Friction Feeders we are bringing to PACK EXPO Las Vegas dispense flat media and materials, including paper; cardboard; flat cartons; CR 80 cards; envelopes; coupon books; and the like, folding u-boards and printing serialization traceability, date/lot codes and barcodes in one pass,” states David McCharles, President of Pineberry Manufacturing Inc.  “Our Open Source Friction Feeders are open source servo control power platforms with a Schneider Electric PLC touch screen controller, reducing the overall number of components to the machine,” continues Mr. McCharles.  “Users can get information from the terminal remotely through an app on a smartphone.  Open source technology is the way the future is being built,” concludes Mr. McCharles.


The Pineberry Manufacturing Open Source Friction Feeders are simplified, compact, portable, cost effective, innovative touch screen solutions.  The PLC controller itself has replaced proprietary control boards.  All the parameters that were only accessible through a PC or laptop is now also displayed on a simple PLC photographic terminal.  It’s a smarter machine but overall it’s a simple machine to use.  Users can get information from the terminal through an app on a smartphone.  The Pineberry Open Source Friction Feeders with Schneider Electric touchscreen controls provide the end user/operator with ease-of-use and full availability of real-time machine performance data.  The feeder is built to deliver optimal speed and accuracy, increasing order fulfillment.

About PACK EXPO

PACK EXPO International is the largest processing and packaging trade show in the world.  Co-located with Healthcare Packaging EXPO, the event features a marketplace of 2,000+ exhibitors displaying processing and packaging equipment and technologies for virtually every vertical market, drawing 30,000+ attendees and offering free educational presentations in several venues on the show floor.  Attendees include corporate managers, engineers, sales managers, plant managers, logistics and supply chain managers, manufacturers and production supervisors, brand and marketing managers, quality controllers, purchasers, research/development and package designers from a wide variety of consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs).

About Pineberry Manufacturing Inc.

Since 1984, Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. has been developing high-quality friction feeding, printing, packaging and custom automation solutions for the plastic card, packaging, distribution, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, graphic arts, and mailing and fulfillment industries.  Additionally, Pineberry specializes in integration, working with OEM’s and providing customized solutions for the most demanding environments.  Whether it is a standardized leaflet feeder, feeding and labeling bags, feeding cookies or an integrated custom solution, Pineberry has the expertise to provide exceptional products to make your project a success.

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If you would like more information on these or other versatile innovations, please contact Chris Pereira at (905) 829-0016 or email chris@pineberryinc.com.