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FRONT VIEW. The front of the AFTCATS robotic bottling system shows the main touchscreen display, with the pick-and-place loading robot shown in the window.
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Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling

Dako’s compact robotic bottling system frees up vital production floor space, increases speed, and reduces labor costs, filling different bottle shapes and sizes with no mechanical setup between production runs.
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FLEXIBLE PACKS. This lineup shows some of the varieties  of 50-mL Pocket Shot packs.
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Pocket Shot hunts for pouch sealing solution

Ultrasonic sealing virtually eliminates leakers attributable to a previous hot-seal/cold-seal approach.
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OxySense: Oxygen permeation expansion

OxyPerm Permeation/OTR System introduces BottlePerm Fixture, providing the same capabilities for bottles and cups as for flat films.
TWO POUCHES. Two unoriented pouches are picked up by an AFA Delta 3 robot, which then places them into a loading funnel.
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Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs

Robotic cartoning replaces manual operations, alleviating labor shortages, costs, and increasing line efficiency for contract manufacturer Pharmalab Inc.
ITW Muller: Rotary ring stretch wrapp
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ITW Muller: Rotary ring stretch wrapper

New Octopus C automatic machine offers versatility in an entry-level, compact design unit with multiple benefits.
ESS Technologies: Robot for syringe pick and place
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ESS Technologies: Robot for syringe pick and place

Creates a high-speed pick-and-place cell requiring little floorspace, handling multiple sizes with minimum tooling, allowing efficient size changeovers.
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3D printing + an automated changeover tool

Among the contributing editors we assigned to help us cover Pack Expo Las Vegas was Special Projects Editor Bob Sperber, who reports here on an Innovation Stage presentation on automated changeover.
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'No more searching for manuals' with the latest process CIP systems

The latest Clean-In-Place systems mate training and workforce productivity tools with electromechanical bells and whistles for speed and compliance.
TWO FILLERS. Bottles on the conveyor line pass underneath the two Spee-Dee fillers. After the bottles are filled they are sealed and prepped for shipping.
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New sanitary auger fillers improve filling accuracy

Whole food supplement packager Standard Process Inc. reduces powdered product overfills, meets sanitary guidelines.
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TM Robotics (Americas) Inc.: SCARA robots

TM Robotics (Americas) Inc. offers a complete line of affordable and lightweight THL Series SCARA robots, with the addition of its extended arm length THL800, THL900 and THL1000.
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Epson: Compact 6-axis robots

The EPSON C4 compact 6-Axis robots continues the tradition of setting new standards for small sized 6-axis robot performance.
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Robotic loading of clamshell blister sealer
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Robotic loading of clamshell blister sealer

Fully automatic eight-station rotary blister pack sealing machine from Starview Packaging can be integrated with an ESS robotic system that puts product into blister.
Robotic end effectors are guided to the precise position of the incoming flow-wrapped patties by a vision system.
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Frozen beef patties go robotic

Since Ivor Karan established his feedlot in 1974, Karan Beef has seen steady growth. Now the firm’s top-quality beef products are benefitting from robotic cartoning.
Pasta sauce bottles enter a labeler at left, then exit labeled at right. Filled, capped, and labeled bottles accumulate on a high-speed bottling line at LiDestri’s Rochester, NY, facility.
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Contract manufacturer accelerates its packaging operations

New facilities and equipment investments drive LiDestri Foods’ operations in Rochester, NY, and Fresno, CA.
Talon series offers robotic tooling technology featuring œvacuum on board 2.0
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Talon series offers robotic tooling technology featuring œvacuum on board 2.0

Primary and secondary packaging from JLS Automation offers high sanitary capability and design flexibility that allows you to adapt your packaging requirements for tomorrow as well as today. Applications include case packing, blister and tray loading, product orientation and alignment, or product inspection.
Case packer for bags and pouches handles stand-up and layflat configuration
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Case packer for bags and pouches handles stand-up and layflat configuration

BluePrint Automation's Swing Machine is a highly flexible case packer for bags and pouches, with the ability to pack them laying down or standing up on the same machine. Video shows pouches being packed in a retail-ready 3-sided display case.
Podcast

A new paradigm on industrial robots?

Keith Campbell's first look at new technology from two companies, Universal Robotics and Rethink Robotics. These companies are taking a completely different approach to robotics, offering units that are inexpensive, flexible, adaptable, and easily retrained. Will they work in packaging?
Palletize at speeds of 2 secs/bag
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Palletize at speeds of 2 secs/bag

New robotic system from Fanuc is capable of palletizing 30+ bags/min and is suitable for cases or bags. The unique benefit is that this palletizer breaks the two second barrier for bag-to-bag palletizing.

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