Machinery

Robotics

Successful suction.  The programmable dense-cup-population tooling uses a total of 128 vacuum cups to pick freshly baked buns and other products from primary packaging lines to bread trays
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Vacuum tooling reduces changeover time

The system was so successful at boosting speed on an end-of-line packaging solution for bread products that the OEM applied for and received a patent.
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Collating/flow wrapping
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Collating/flow wrapping

Unusual pick-and-place system from Cavanna uses six delta style robots that each pick 80 products/min and place them in a collating ring so that a stack of three products can be released efficiently into an integrated flow wrapper at high speeds.
Robotic system for filling and stoppering of vials
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Robotic system for filling and stoppering of vials

Bausch & Stroebel’s flexible two-robot system is designed for filling, stoppering, and crimp-capping of vials in the pharmaceutical industry. Handles syringes and cartridges, too.
Washdown robot
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Washdown robot

Designed by Codian to be a wash-down robot for food, medical device, and pharmaceutical packaging applications, the D4-1100 is so tightly sealed it can run underwater.
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Next-gen cartoning at interpack

There’s no place like interpack to see the latest in packaging machinery controls and automation. Here are just two examples of what the world’s largest packaging show had on display in the cartoning sector.
Compact, high-speed, robotic tray loader
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Compact, high-speed, robotic tray loader

Cama Group has configured a total of 12 Delta-style robots in a compact space to work simultaneously to pick pieces from a conveyor belt and load them into trays.
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.
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
Column/Opinion
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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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Machine Product Brief
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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.
Machine Case Study
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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.
Feature Article
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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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