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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).
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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.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP (sidebar)

Robotic wizardry
Brick packs of a rice-based beverage, in production on the day of PW's visit, move through the automatic case packer.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP

Two new aseptic lines are capable of filling either 500-mL or 1-L brick pack cartons. FIFO accumulation system and remote robotic palletizing also shine.
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Relocations, expansions

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) has opened a robotic system testing center at its headquarters.
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Motoman Robotics: 6-axis robot

The UP20 general-purpose robot from Motoman (Dayton, OH) can be fitted with mechanical or vacuum grippers to handle multiple bottles, boxes, and bags at once.
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: Robotic palletizing

Robotic palletizing system from Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) handles the output of 7 packaging lines, palletizing up to 45 cases/min.
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
Robotic pick-and-place tool (top) loads eight trays at a time into carrier plates that deliver the trays to the evacuation/backf
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days (sidebar)

Robotics to the rescue
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Bag palletizer

Columbia/Okura’s (Vancouver, WA) robotic bag palletizing systems lay bags up to 100 lb in overlapping patterns at speeds to 1길 cycles/ hr.
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International agreements

Amcor Twinpak-North America Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has signed an agreement with CNC Containers (Tumwater, WA) that gives Amcor a 100% equity position in CNC.
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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.

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