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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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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.
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Palletizer

The robotic palletizing system from APS (New Freedom, PA) palletizes both bags and taped boxes simultaneously from multiple production lines with patent-pending tooling and vacuum controls.
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.
Superior Dairy: Robotic palletizing
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Superior Dairy: Robotic palletizing

The end effector on the robotic palletizer lifts and places slip sheets as well as layers of bottles.
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FANUC Robotics: FANUC Robotics: Special equipment for a special concept (sidebar)

The Line Two difference
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Columbia Machine: Flow divider

Columbia Machine’s (Vancouver, WA) flow divider can be mounted onto any of Columbia’s floor-level palletizers to divide case rows or act as a centering device.
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Yellow Jacket 110: Stretch wrapper

The YellowJacket 110 from YellowJacket LLP (Marion, IN) moves stretch wrap around and under each load to secure cargo of any size and shape without bands, wrapping the load to the pallet, right on the forklift.

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