Pineberry Manufacturing to Showcase Open Source Friction Feeders at MODEX Show 2018

Aug 29, 2023 | Press Release

Open Source Friction Feeders

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

Toronto, ON, January 12, 2018 – 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 East are designed for dispensing flat media and materials, including paper; cardboard; flat cartons; CR 80 cards; envelopes; magnets; coupon books; and the like. To add, the Open Source Friction Feeders are capable of folding u-boards and printing serialization, 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, cost effective, touch screen solutions.  We’ve gone from a control panel box to nothing, making our friction feeders compact and portable.  The controller itself has replaced proprietary control boards.  All the parameters that were only accessible through a PC or laptop is now displayed on a simple 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.

About PACK EXPO East

PACK EXPO East offers the industry’s premier tradeshow experience in an East Coast location, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA. The event features a marketplace of 400+ exhibitors displaying processing and packaging equipment, machinery, materials and containers and automation and controls for various industries, including food & beverage, pharmaceutical/medical device, cosmetics/personal care, chemical/household, other packaged goods. No other show offers companies on the East Coast so much in the way of packaging innovation, education and inspiration.

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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