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Digital printing could make Heinz Aesop's Alphabetti possible.
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Technology advances at interpack

From new applications of digital printing to a robotic cartoner that needs no human involvement for EOAT change, technology breakthroughs were in no short supply at interpack 2014.
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Live from interpack: PMMI talks robotics and retail-ready innovation
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Live from interpack: PMMI talks robotics and retail-ready innovation

Online platform helps attendees locate more than 100 PMMI members showcasing processing and packaging innovation at the May 8-14 event in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In this photo, an engineer works on complex machinery. Manufacturing’s resurgence creates demand for skilled technicians
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Manufacturing’s resurgence creates demand for skilled technicians

Needs include workers who can operate today’s high-tech equipment for plastics production, robotics, and automation.
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QComp Technologies: Robotic glass handling conveyors

Conveyors’ modular design delivers precise handling with flexibility to fit any glass handling requirements.
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Yaskawa Motoman: Robot for packaging, cartoning, and kitting

Yaskawa Motoman introduces the new delta-style, low-profile Motoman® MPP3S “short” robot.
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PMMI's new study, “Trends in Robotics Market Assessment 2014.”
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Dynamic changes in robotic packaging applications

Today, 75% of end users use robotics along their manufacturing lines, and the capabilities for food and pharmaceutical processing are game-changers.
Shown here is the carton format marketed by Henkel.
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Hair care line features remarkable robotics

Just two years after the reorientation of Henkel’s Viersen-Dülken site for specialization in hair coloring products, this German factory is operating one of the most modern production lines in the world.
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New interface tool tightly integrates robots and packaging machines

Generally speaking, when a robot made by a robotic OEM is integrated into a piece of packaging machinery like a case packer or cartoner, the robot comes with its own controller while the packaging machinery components are controlled by a PLC. The two controllers must interface for the total system to function.
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Yaskawa Motoman: Six-axis robot

The new MH12 six-axis robot provides superior performance in assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending and packaging applications.
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FRONT VIEW. The front of the AFTCATS robotic bottling system shows the main touchscreen display, with the pick-and-place loading robot shown in the window.
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Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling

Dako’s compact robotic bottling system frees up vital production floor space, increases speed, and reduces labor costs, filling different bottle shapes and sizes with no mechanical setup between production runs.
TWO POUCHES. Two unoriented pouches are picked up by an AFA Delta 3 robot, which then places them into a loading funnel.
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Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs

Robotic cartoning replaces manual operations, alleviating labor shortages, costs, and increasing line efficiency for contract manufacturer Pharmalab Inc.
ESS Technologies: Robot for syringe pick and place
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ESS Technologies: Robot for syringe pick and place

Creates a high-speed pick-and-place cell requiring little floorspace, handling multiple sizes with minimum tooling, allowing efficient size changeovers.
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TM Robotics (Americas) Inc.: SCARA robots

TM Robotics (Americas) Inc. offers a complete line of affordable and lightweight THL Series SCARA robots, with the addition of its extended arm length THL800, THL900 and THL1000.
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Epson: Compact 6-axis robots

The EPSON C4 compact 6-Axis robots continues the tradition of setting new standards for small sized 6-axis robot performance.
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Robotic loading of clamshell blister sealer
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Robotic loading of clamshell blister sealer

Fully automatic eight-station rotary blister pack sealing machine from Starview Packaging can be integrated with an ESS robotic system that puts product into blister.

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