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Introducing Pak/iQ to Boost Intelligence of Smart Packaging Machines


Vernon Hills, Illinois - August 16, 2018

Responding to end user needs to rapidly adjust to changing consumer demands and OEM requirements to incorporate the latest technologies into their machines, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., introduces Pak/iQ™ to solve the challenges of both customer segments in the packaging industry. Pak/iQ is a comprehensive portfolio of packaging products designed to improve the performance and lower the total cost of deploying smart packaging machines.

The foundation of Pak/iQ is Mitsubishi Electric’s iQ platform – a modular programmable automation controller that combines several automation disciplines into a single, simplified architecture. Designed to provide superior OEM productivity and machine performance, Mitsubishi Electric’s portfolio of products and value-add solutions include pre-configured diagnostic and maintenance screens, pre-configured operator screens and a pre-engineered application code library for faster designs. Pak/iQ is ideal for bottling, pillowing and wrapping machines to reduce unscheduled downtime and increase production. 

Key benefits of Pak/iQ include:

  • Highly integrated automation:  controls and robotics coordinate seamlessly 
  • Superior machine performance:  high response, high accuracy and fully synchronized servo motion control maximize productivity
  • Reduced development time and improved production quality:  validated function blocks, sample programs and HMI templates are available for most cut-and-seal applications
  • Easy setup and reliable tuning:  machine learning algorithms allow quick and dynamic optimization of the mechanical system 
  • Secure remote access:  allows real-time machine status check and operation from any location
  • Single software environment:  user-friendly experience with fully integrated PLC and motion configuration, programming and diagnostics

By offering a single solution to end users and OEMs in the packaging industry, we not only provide the latest technology and best-in-breed products, we offer the convenience of a single-source supplier, resulting in better inter-connectivity in the system configuration,” said Elaine Wang, product marketing engineer for servo and motion control, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “For example, the vibration suppression capabilities of our servo amplifiers allow for faster production due to reduction in unintentional movement in the mechanical components of the machine.”

“Pak/iQ will be particularly welcomed by our OEM customers who want to improve packaging machine innovation for their end user customers,” said Lee Cheung, product marketing engineer for controller and visualization, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “OEMs will be able to reduce machine development time because of the seamless inter-connectivity of machine components and the ability to reuse existing engineering program code for variations of similar processes.” 

Details about Pak/iQ are available at the Mitsubishi Electric Automation packaging microsite at  Visitors to the microsite can also download white papers on the latest technology trends in packaging. 

— About Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. is a U.S. affiliate company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. It offers a broad product portfolio including programmable automation controllers (PAC), programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), variable frequency drives (VFD), servo amplifiers and motors, control software, computerized numerical controllers (CNC), motion controllers, robots and low-voltage power distribution products. Additional information about Mitsubishi Electric Automation is available at

— About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

With more than 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing, and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation, and building equipment. Mitsubishi Electric enriches society with technology in the spirit of its “Changes for the Better.” The company recorded a revenue of 5,003.6 billion yen (U.S.$ 37.3 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023. For more information, please visit

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— About Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation Business Group

Offering a vast range of automation and processing technologies, including controllers, drive products, power distribution and control products, electrical discharge machines, laser processing machines, computerized numerical controllers, and industrial robots, Mitsubishi Electric helps bring higher productivity – and quality – to the factory floor. In addition, our extensive networks around the globe provide direct communication and comprehensive support to customers. The global slogan "Automating the World" shows the company's approach to leverage automation for the betterment of society, through the application of advanced technology, sharing know-how and supporting customers as a trusted partner. For more about the story behind "Automating the World" please visit:

— About e-F@ctory

e-F@ctory is Mitsubishi Electric's integrated concept to build reliable and flexible manufacturing systems that enable users to achieve many of their high speed, information driven manufacturing aspirations. Through its partner solution activity, the e-F@ctory Alliance, and its work with open network associations such as The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA), users can build comprehensive solutions based on a wide ranging "best in class" principle.
In summary, e-F@ctory and the e-F@ctory Alliance enable customers to achieve integrated manufacturing but still retain the ability to choose the most optimal suppliers and solutions.

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Pam Summers
Marketing Communications Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Automation
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