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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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Columbia Machine: Infeed device

Columbia Machine’s (Vancouver, WA) new turning infeed device is designed for floor-level case palletizers to provide greater case control and soft handling, company says.
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Pallet stacker

Alvey Systems (St. Louis, MO) introduces its new pallet load stacker. Machine allows for the automatic inline stacking of full- or partial-pallet loads, eliminating the need for manual pallet stacking and creating more opportunities for space saving in trucking, cargo shipping, and warehousing.
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Brenton, a division of Pro Mach: Brenton, a division of Pro Mach: Robotic palletizing system

Brenton Engineering (Alexandria, MN) released its robotic palletizing system that is combined with sister company Orion Packaging Systems’ (Collierville, TN) stretch wrapper.
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Columbia Machine: Conveyor infeed system

Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) introduces a heavy-duty conveyor infeed system designed to palletize bulky shrink-wrapped phone books. The floor-level configuration replaces manual stacking lines in publishing plants where heavy books can cause muscle strain and repetitive motion injuries.
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Robotic palletizer at North Side

Editor’s Note: This article is a sidebar to the feature story North Side super-sizes packaging value that ran in the July issue of Packaging World, p.
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Stretch wrapping bottled water
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Stretch wrapping bottled water

Stretch wrapping brings the PET line to a close.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water

A low-level palletizer loads tray packs onto a sweep platform that delivers full layers onto the pallet.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Depalletizing bulk bottles
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Depalletizing bulk bottles

Bulk bottles for water are automatically depalletized by a Priority One Packaging Machinery (www.prioritypackaging.com) Pro-Pal bulk bottle depalletizer at the front end of the PET line.
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OK International: Robotic stretch wrapper

The O/K Intl. (Marlborough, MA) Robot 250 is a semi-automatic robotic stretch wrapper. Battery-powered unit serves as a flexible machine for a range of applications.
This labeler's sliding head makes it possible to apply labels on a bottle's top or side panel.
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency (sidebar)

HDPE bottles, too
Superior Dairy: Stretch bundling of diary products
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Superior Dairy: Stretch bundling of diary products

On Line Two, counter-rotating roll carriers on this stretch bundler stretch the film 150% as bundling is completed
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Marden Edwards, Inc: Marden Edwards, Inc: Collating stretchwrapper/bander

Marden Edwards (Antioch, CA) has released its ME PSB300 collator/stretchbander that is designed to create distribution multipacks without the need for heat tunnels and their associated costs.
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Aetna Group USA: Stretch wrapper

Robopac (Duluth, GA), an Aetna Group company, released the Robot 2002 stretch wrapper equipped with a revamped electronic controller. An ergonomic design enhances safety while making it easier to maneuver and maintain.
In this example, the Thruput Calculator estimates a 19% gain in output after adding two buffer stations.
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Online calculator conveys throughput gains

Web site uses mathematical algorithms to determine the most efficient place to install buffering conveyors.

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