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AIDCO International: Flexible robotic palletizing
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AIDCO International: Flexible robotic palletizing

AIDCO, a systems partner of KUKA, has developed the RoboticStar palletizing system to compliment its conventional palletizers and to provide customers a flexible automation solution for today’s competitive environment.
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BluePrint Automation: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches
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BluePrint Automation: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches

Servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine packs stand-up drink pouches into a corrugated display case at speeds to 500 pouches/min.
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Aetna: Robot and Genesis stretch wrappers
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Aetna: Robot and Genesis stretch wrappers

This video clip shows two machines: Robot Robot is a self-propelled, battery-powered unit is especially suited for wrapping loads of any shape, size and weight with stretch film.
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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? See in-plant video
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Robotics orders drop

According to the Robotic Industries Assn. (Ann Arbor, MI), North American robotics manufacturers saw orders decline by 32% during the first nine months of 2001.
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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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Controls implemented Nature's Way (sidebar)

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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.
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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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

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