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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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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
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Machine Product Brief
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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.
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.
In this example, the Thruput Calculator estimates a 19% gain in output after adding two buffer stations.
News
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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FANUC Robotics: FANUC Robotics: Special equipment for a special concept (sidebar)

The Line Two difference
Machine Product Brief
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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
Machine Product Brief
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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.
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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Robotic palletizing system

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) offers its new Robotic Palletizing System with a 6-axis articulated arm. It consists of a Motoman UP-50 attached to the Schneider Carton Packer for a monoblock style design running standard and open-top corrugated cases.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: PET production line brochure

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) released a brochure that describes its PET production capabilities and technologies. Literature includes information regarding PET production lines from 10 oz to 3 L at speeds to 1귔 bottles/min, accumulation systems to temporarily store bottles for minutes or several hours, single filing to input or reintroduce product to the line after accumulation, and fully automated low-level and high-level palletizers.

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