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Coders save company its sweet time

Just Born’s ink-jet coders print date codes on cartons and trays of candy with minimal changeover time.
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Another big year for robotics

The North American Robotics industry is on course to top more than $1 billion in new orders and shipments for the fourth straight year, according to new statistics released by the Ann Arbor, MI-based Robotic Industries Association.
Frame-mounted 4-axis robot uses vacuum cups to assemble cases of cartoned milk three at a time.
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'Cool' robot palletizes three-up

A robot at Schroeder Milk palletizes cases from three lines in up to three different configurations at a time using specialized tooling to handle cases, pallets or slipsheets. System replaces manual palletization.
Shown above are just a few of the shapes and sizes filled routinely on Kos?'s versatile bottling line.
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Building sales through versatility

Tokyo-based cosmetics giant Kosé installs two modular, quick-change bottling lines versatile enough to handle nearly 100 different bottle shapes and sizes.
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Smurfit-Stone: Bag-handling robot

The Robotic Vision System, or RVS, from Smurfit-Stone (Salt Lake City, UT) works with custom-designed end-of-arm tools and the Fanuc system robot.
This drawing shows the U-shaped aseptic filling line from beginning to end.
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Aseptic drug filling boasts new type of sterilization

Sterilizing a depyrogenation tunnel by means of vaporized hydrogen peroxide is a first at Organon’s recently installed vial filling line.
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ABB Robotics: Pick-and-place system

The IRB 340 pick-and-place robot from ABB (New Berlin, WI) now features PickMaster™ software that allows it to integrate with the company’s controller, vision system and conveyors.
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Motoman Robotics: Maintenance system

Motoman (West Carrollton, OH) has designed RobotPro, a PC-based expert maintenance system for its line of robots. Software runs in a Windows™ environment and is divided into several topics, including troubleshooting, repair procedures, information, maintenance, diagrams and parts.
Hank Whetstone pauses at the PC keyboard through which he controls his high-speed candy-wrapping machine.
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Whetting Whetstone's appetite for PC controls

A 350 piece/min wrapping machine at Whetstone Candy relies on PC-based controls and a single software program to control logic, motion and HMI functions.
R.A. Jones' CMV2 vertical cartoner has a 15-min, almost toolless, changeover.
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Pack Expo 2000 quick-changeover round-up

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Every year machinery builders advertise quick-changeover packaging machines. As Packaging World editors walked the aisles at the recent Pack Expo show, we could not miss the new packaging machines that featured super-quick changeover times, which we'll arbitrarily define as 15 minutes or less. Here are some cartoners, case packers, a shrink bundler and a thermoformer that caught our attention.
Chalone Vineyard wine uses Regale's InPart3; non-scuffing partition system, which is in production now.
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Molded pulp protective packaging breakthrough

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Chalone Vineyard wine bottles will be the first to use Regale’s new protective packaging technology, which reduces costs by 80% and reduces lead time by 90%, according to the supplier. Libbey Glass and Hewlett Packard are currently testing the packaging.
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BluePrint packs cases with vision smarts

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: A high-speed, vision-guided bag orienter/sorter was on display at the booth of BluePrint Automation.
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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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Plastics to expand through 2002

Although a lack of automation is hindering growth in productivity in the plastics industry, shipments of plastics products are expected to reach a record $145 billion by 2002.
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Solutions 2000: world's largest packaging conference

PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.

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