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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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Hassia USA Inc: Robotic palletizer

Hassia USA (Morganville, NJ) introduces the A+F KR 180 PA Arctic palletizer to palletize at extremely low temperatures. Ideal for frozen foods, robot needs no protective suit or wrappings, yet can work at temperatures well below zero (to -30?C) with its handheld control panel remaining fully functional.
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Lachenmeier Inc: Hood-stretch pallet wrapper

Hood-stretch pallet wrappers from Lachenmeier (Hollywood, FL) use an undersized film hood that is stretched hydraulically to a dimension matching the exact outer circumference of the load.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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ARPAC LLC: Wrapping/bundling machinery

The Arpac Group’s (Schiller Park, IL) offerings include side-seal horizontal wrappers and bottom overlap horizontal wrappers that accept different product sizes and lengths at rates to 120/min.
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The packaging marketplace: A global view (sidebar)

Rothwell on machinery sales
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Wulftec International Inc: Stretchwrappers

The Grip-Cut™ series of stretchwrappers from Wulftec Intl. (Quebec, Ontario, Canada) permit production rates of up to 50 loads/hr. Said to cut costs by eliminating the manual attaching and cutting of film, saving operator time.
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Machine builders speak out on servos (sidebar)

Are servos worth it?
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Orion Packaging Systems: Orion Packaging Systems: Turntable stretch wrapper

A rugged steel frame provides functionality for the Spectra semi-automatic turntable stretch wrapper from Orion Packaging Systems (Collierville, TN).
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Intralox: Small-pitch belt

Intralox (New Orleans, LA) introduces a small-pitch, flush-grid belt for beverage line warmers, coolers, accumulation tables, palletizers, and depalletizers.
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FANUC Robotics: Hi-speed robot

Fanuc Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) offers the M-420iA, a 4-axis, electric servo-driven robot with a 40-kg payload and a remote mechanical and control unit.
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Columbia/Okura: Robotic stacking

Columbia/Okura (Vancouver, WA) releases its new robotic minipallet stacking, an automatic palletizing system that stacks a single column of bags onto a 24”x15” pallet.
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Alcoa began development of Fridge Pack

The newest innovation in canned beverage multipacks, the 12-count Fridge Pack from Coca-Cola bottlers traces its origins to aluminum can producer Alcoa.
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Package collators

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) developed a range of Product Collators and layer forming tables for robotic palletizing of multipacks of shrink-wrapped product, cartons, and cases.
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Ouellette Machinery Systems: Bulk bottle palletizer

Ouellette Machinery Systems (Fenton, MO) offers high-speed, automatic or semi-automatic system for bagging plastic bottles in film and palletizing them in layers.
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American Productivity Group, LLC: Robot palletizer

The Stackbot from American Productivity Group (Fairfield, NJ) is an articulating robotic arm that is controlled by a track plate rather than a PC or PLC.

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