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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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Controls implemented Nature's Way (sidebar)

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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: Robotic systems

Data sheet from Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) describes robotic bag palletizing, packaging, and freezer systems. Features include up to 7 axes of motion, accuracy to .0004”, brushless AC servo drives, fully sealed drives and bearings, easy program creation and editing, and internal power/air supply.
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Zygot Automation, Inc: Palletizer

The Model ZA50 palletizer from Zygot Automation (Denver, CO) can achieve rates of 50 packages/min. A touch-screen control center enables easy changing of layer sizes and layer patterns on the fly without factory assistance.
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Columbia Machine: Robotic palletizer

Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) has released a hybrid palletizing solution that combines row- and layer-forming technology with the flexibility of a robotic palletizer.
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New line boasts new sterilizing technology

Adelholzener of Germany is leading the charge when it comes to popularizing one-way plastic beverage bottles in a region that has long resisted this package format.
Lengthy line starts with robotic depalletizing where the bagged jugs are picked and placed onto an infeed table for automatic de
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way

Nature’s Way Purewater fills 180 1-gal containers/min and packs them into 3-count cases at a rate of 60 cases/min. New $4 million, 2000’-long line includes a case packer that accepts 2.5-gal containers, too. See in-plant video
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way (sidebar)

Bigger containers, shorter line
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Three legs are better than one

Glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer run through paired fillers at 1길/min and then fan out to any one of three packaging legs. Eight operators ‘patrol’ the entire line. See in-plant video
The system shown here includes a robotic positioner that picks a bundle of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cut
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Machinery brings the future to Latrobe

The front end of this glass line for 12-oz Rolling Rock beer is practically an operator-free zone. Laser-guided vehicles replenish packaging materials on demand. See in-plant video
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Integration issues squeeze machinery builders (sidebar)

Respondents: Packagers don’t appreciate engineering costs
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading

At this Rolling Rock brewery, at the infeed of a case erector from Pearson Packaging Systems, a robotic positioner picks bundles of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cuts the band, and feeds the band to a grinder.
Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping
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Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping

On this bottled water line, pallet loads are unitized by an overhead-style stretch wrapper from ITW Mima using 20-ft-wide film. This model at Nature's Way wraps at speeds to one pallet every 12 seconds.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing

At this Rolling Rock brewery, an automatic band cutter cuts eight bands before pallets are conveyed into the depalletizer. Once in the depalletizer, slip sheets are removed and stacked automatically.
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Orion Packaging Systems: Automatic rotary tower stretch wrapper

Orion Packaging Systems (Collierville, TN) has released its redesigned MA-55 automatic rotary tower stretch-wrapping system. Machine offers a 4-leg frame that replaces the previous 2-leg gantry-style frame design.
Nature's Way Purewater: Depalletizing
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Nature's Way Purewater: Depalletizing

On this bottled water line, one of two robots from Custom Metal Designs depalletizes bagged layers of 1-gal containers and places them onto the infeed of the debagging system. The output of each of the twin units is nearly two LDPE-bagged layers/min, or a total of 180 containers/min.

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