Machinery

Robotics

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Columbia/Okura: Equipment: Quick ship palletizing program

The new quick ship program developed by Columbia/Okura (Vancouver, WA) meets the demand for short lead times or last-minute budget changes. A complete robotic palletizing system can be delivered in 2 weeks or less.
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Pack Expo 2004: Vision-guided robot stacking system
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Pack Expo 2004: Vision-guided robot stacking system

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Blueprint Automation showed its vision-guided robot system at Pack Expo International 2004. Machine stacks product to be packaged at speeds to 300 products/min. As product is conveyed through the machine, a robot arm picks each item up individually, storing the programmed number of product and depositing it in a puck to be conveyed to a packaging machine.
Pack Expo 2004: ER60 high-speed case packing robot
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Pack Expo 2004: ER60 high-speed case packing robot

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cermex is showing its ER60 high-speed case packing robot at its Pack Expo 2004 booth, S-2448. Machine is based on the ER60 pendulum robot with high mechanical performance for case packing. Machine is a completely new selecting system for unstable products. The case transfer system is designed for a speed of 60 cases/min, while the entire system runs at a speed of 360 bottles/min.
Feature Article
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Controls implemented Nature's Way (sidebar)

Line overview
Touchscreen interface in the filler room is one of seven on the line.
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Controls implemented Nature's Way

On a line filling 1- and 2.5-gal containers, a networked modem has already saved more than $10ꯠ by allowing remote troubleshooting by vendors. The network includes seven HMIs and nine PLCs.
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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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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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Goodman Packaging Equipment: Robotic loader/unloader

Goodman Packaging (Waukegan, IL) has released the Odyssey robotic loading and unloading system to pack flexible or rigid packages, like case-ready meat or poultry trays, into or out of any shipping container.
Machine Case Study
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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
Machine Case Study
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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
Machine Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Robotic top-load cartoner

The SIGTTL top-load cartoner from Sig Pack Systems (Beringen, Switzerland) is equipped with new control technology, ControlLogix™, from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI).
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: 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.
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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