Robots continue march into packaging

It will come as no surprise to anyone who may have walked Pack Expo 98 last November, but robot makers expect heady growth in packaging applications over the next few years.
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Company brochure

A color brochure from ESS Group (Bangor, PA) gives an overview of companies the group represents and the filling, capping, wrapping, cartoning, case packing and palletizing machinery they provide.
Materials Product Brief

American Productivity Group, LLC: Palletizers/depalletizers

A line of robotic palletizers and depalletizers from APG (Fairfield, NJ) and Samsung includes robots that palletize up to four pallets simultaneously, operat-ing at 15 cycles/min while carrying two or more products per move.
This load (left) in 3Com?s Santa Clara, CA, warehouse, symbolizes everything that 3Com wants to change: the load is too tall and
Feature Article

3Com 'networks' packaging knowledge

Maker of computer networking gear forms a Global Packaging Initiatives Team to create global packaging standards. This "best practices" blueprint aims to cut costs and unify 3Com's packaging worldwide.
Controls Product Brief

Kisters Kayat, Inc: Layer multipacker

Kisters (Erlanger, KY) will present its layer pattern packing system called PackRouter. Capable of arranging multipacks in layers, the system is said to eliminate the need for additional transit packing.
Materials Product Brief

Cermex Inc: Dual-purpose robot

The PR5 robot from Cermex (Bradenton, FL) permits simultaneous palletization on two different lines of shipping cases or film-wrapped packs. The robot also supplies the empty pallet in position.
Controls Product Brief

Robotic palletizer

Soco System (Waukesha, WI) presents a new generation of high-performance IPC robotic palletizers, equipped with modern IPC control. Four-color touchscreen permits easy operation and simple in-plant programming.
Machine Product Brief

Elettric 80 Inc: Robotic palletizer

Freeway is an integrated robotic palletizer and laser-guided vehicle made by Elettric 80 (Rolling Meadows, IL). It saves on floor space and reduces maintenance needs, says the maker.
Controls Product Brief

Palletizing robot

Soco System's (Waukesha, WI) Pallet Robot has a manifold design that eliminates fragile tubes and fittings. The plate on which the head's vacuum pads are mounted is made as a "sandwich" construction where air is in the plate.
Materials Product Brief

Lantech Inc: Palletizer/stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Q-Pal integrates palletizing and stretchwrapping operations into one machine with a footprint as small as 297 sq'.


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