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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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Columbia Machine: Bag palletizer

Bag palletizer from Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) is constructed to provide at least 25 years of service life, says company. Said to save labor and injury costs by replacing hand stacking of bags.
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Laser-guided vehicles at Latrobe

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Rolling Rock beer brewer Latrobe Brewery, Latrobe, PA, bought three Elettric 80 laser-guided vehicles in early 2000 to move pallets of finished product throughout its warehouse. The same model was running non-stop at the Sasib booth.
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Low-level palletizer

The KES 2190 low-level palletizer from Kaufman (Waterville, OH) uses an encoder to track the position of the carriage lift. This information is communicated to the motor controller and then to the system’s PLC, which uses the information to maintain consistent layer positioning.
The labeler uses two parallel conveyors (below). In this photo, an open, toothbrush-filled case enters the machine from the conv
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Radius applies labeler to Fisher-Price application

Unusual new labeler at Radius Corp. closes a plastic case around a Fisher-Price toothbrush, then applies a TE label that wraps around three sides of the case.
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Gantry-style palletizer

The Impact palletizer is a robotic, gantry-style pick-and-place system from Comman (Waalwijk, The Netherlands). Loading trays and boxes at speeds to 12 products/min, the machine stacks products in the pattern selected via touchscreen.
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Air Technical Industries: Wrapper/weigher

After wrapping a pallet load weighing up to 4ꯠ lb, Air Technical’s (Mentor, OH) LPEZ stretch wrapper provides a digital readout of the total weight, avoiding an additional move to a scale.
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Newtec, Inc: Bag palletizer

Using a belt conveyor and stripper plate, Build-Pal bag palletizers from Newtec (Tampa, FL) automatically layer, square and flatten bags of bulk solids at speeds to 120 pallets/hr.
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Columbia Machine: Floor-level palletizer

Priced at less than $75ꯠ, the FL 100 floor-level palletizer from Columbia (Vancouver, WA) accommodates products at speeds to 20 cases/min, but can be upgraded for faster production lines.
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: Bag palletizing system

Model RBPS-6, a fully integrated robotic palletizing system for multiple production lines, is available from Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA).
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Lachenmeier Inc: Lachenmeier Inc: Hood stretch wrapper

The KL Mega Stretch machine from KL Lachenmeier, represented in the U.S. by Global Marketing Management Group (Charlotte, NC), opens and stretches the film hood by 60% to 100% as it applies the hood to the load.
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C&D Robotics: Palletizer for mail bundles

Used in palletizing bundles for postal distribution, the ZIP III palletizer from C&D (Beaumont, TX) accommodates bundles with widths from 5” to 11”, lengths from 7” to 14” and heights from ½” to 13”.
On plant PCs, PPG personnel are presented a detailed, informative picture (above) of packaging line performance, including that
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PPG paints precise picture of production

From depalletizing to palletizing, powerful graphics-laden software analyzes the performance of PPG Industries’ packaging lines. Analysis results in changes that increase output efficiency 12%.
The case erector in the foreground and the basket-carrier erector beside it both feed into a third machine that stuffs carriers
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Portland nixes reshippers

Portland Brewing cuts costs and gains flexibility by moving away from reshippers and into bulk glass. It now forms its own six-pack carriers and corrugated shippers.
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Palletizer demo/test room opened

In a new 5ꯠ-sq' room, packagers can see first-hand how their boxed product will stack up on a palletizer before buying it. Or view it on videotape.

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