ABB Robotics' 360 FlexPicker robot.
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ABB celebrates Technology Days 2009

Hundreds of guests attend an April open house with demos of ABB Robotics' latest technologies.
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Robots' presence felt throughout packaging

Real-world applications of packaging automation in food, beverage, and other retail-product plants support the conclusions gleaned from a new study on robotics in packaging.
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Picking, packing, and palletizing with robots

Robotics—a flexible automation system that improves productivity, quality, and workforce capabilities—continues making inroads into packaging.
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BluePrint packs cases with vision smarts

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: A high-speed, vision-guided bag orienter/sorter was on display at the booth of BluePrint Automation.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

NPSG (Mt. Pleasant, SC) has acquired Interstate Packaging, Inc. (Albert Lea, MN) and General Corrugated Mfg. (New Orleans, LA).
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Postal service spends $66 million for tray handling

Last fall, the U.S. Postal Service awarded a $66 million contract for 100 robotic container loading systems to ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI).
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Broad attendance at motion control meeting (sidebar)

Desparately seeking standards
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Adept Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) and ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) have formed an alliance to jointly market high-speed small-parts packaging and handling solutions for the food and consumer products industries.
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Supplier news: International agreements

SIG Pack Systems AG (Beringen, Switzerland) has entered into a cooperative agreement with ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI) under which ABB will supply standardized robotic products to SIG Pack for further integration into packaging automation systems.
The package for Oral-B Laboratories? new CrossAction toothbrush (above) is as interesting as the product inside. It?s probably t
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Technology 'inches' forward at Oral-B

Oral-B concludes three-year project to develop new brush and creative preprinted package structure. Inks, thermoforming, materials handling, package closing systems all gain in new developments.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

ABB Flexible Automation-Robotics, General Industry Group (New Berlin, WI) and R.A. Jones & Co. Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) formed a strategic alliance to offer integrated robotic/packaging systems.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI): Silas Nichols, president, Products and General Industry Systems div.