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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

Espoma Company: Robotic palletizing for pre-made bags for plant food
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Espoma Company: Robotic palletizing for pre-made bags for plant food

Espoma’s new robotic palletizer from Automated Production Systems is equipped with customized end-of-arm tooling that uses multiple vacuum zones to pick up either bundles of small U-Pack bags, larger flat bags, slip sheets, or pallets, as necessary. The system simultaneously picks items and places them onto three different pallets. Once a pallet is filled, it is conveyed out of the robotic cell in three lanes that merge into one to feed a downstream stretch wrapper.
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Stretch-hood technology

Lachenmeier has developed a new generation of stretch-hood machines that offer significant cost reduction, improved optical properties, and good load stability for pallet wrapping applications.
Espoma Company: Premade bag opening/filling/top sealing/stretch bundling for plant food
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Espoma Company: Premade bag opening/filling/top sealing/stretch bundling for plant food

The Espoma Company is reportedly the first in North America to use the U-Pack package from Bischof + Klein for its 4-, 5-, and 10-lb bags of plant food.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Semi-automatic palletizing

The A-B-C Model 72SA semi-automatic case palletizer gives packagers an affordable option for upgrading their palletizing. Elevator table operates by foot pedal or push button.
American Italian Pasta Co.: Robotic palletizing of cases of pasta
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Robotic palletizing of cases of pasta

Each robotic palletizer, from Alvey Systems, loads two pallets, one to the left and one to the right. A rail-mounted guided vehicle then carries filled pallets toward the stretch wrapper.
Martens Brewery: Transfer to full-bottle palletizing of filled, barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Transfer to full-bottle palletizing of filled, barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Shrink-wrapped six packs exit the wet room via a spiral conveyor that takes them to the infeed of the full- bottle palletizer, supplied by KHS.
Martens Brewery: Depalletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Depalletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles

From storage, bottles are forklifted into a high-level depalletizer from KHS.
Martens Brewery: Palletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Palletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Empty bottles are automatically palletized on KHS equipment and then banded.
Martens Brewery: Full-bottle palletizer for barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Full-bottle palletizer for barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Bottles fan out into lanes and then are swept layer by layer onto pallets on equipment from KHS.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Low-level case palletizer

A-B-C offers a compact, low-level design of its 72A case palletizer that automatically stacks corrugated cases, trays, or molded foam trays, serving a variety of packaging functions.
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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Palletizer

Schneider Packaging Equipment released its K-Bot Palletizer that is designed to move up to 175 lb. The 4-axis machine is capable of running single- or dual-line applications at a rate to 10 cycles/min.
American Italian Pasta Co.: Stretch wrapping on a pasta packaging line
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Stretch wrapping on a pasta packaging line

Filled pallets are delivered to the Lantech stretch wrapper via two right-angle turns.
Feldschloesschen Brewery: Stretch wrapping of beer in PET
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Feldschloesschen Brewery: Stretch wrapping of beer in PET

As a full pallet receives its top layer and exits, a fresh pallet is automatically moved into place. At the stretch wrapper, a top sheet of film is automatically dispensed. Stretch wrapping equipment is supplied by Krones.
Martens Brewery: Stretch wrapper for barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Stretch wrapper for barrier-coated PET beer bottles

The final part of the packaging process is the stretch wrapping of pallets.
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Yellow Jacket 110: Pallet stretch wrapper

Yellow Jacket LLP introduces the Yellow Jacket 110 Model 87-SA pallet stretch wrapper that binds shipping pallet loads securely, with added versatility and greater affordability than competitive models, company says.

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