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A closeup of the robotic end effector and its vacuum pickup cups.
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Cartoning made simple

What used to take six operators now requires just one as Schiff Nutrition automates its cartoning operation. At 400 nutrition bars/min, the speed is pretty impressive, too.
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RH-3SxHR robot
Machine Product Brief
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Mitsubishi Electric Automation: Ceiling-mounted SCARA robot

High-value, high-performance RH-3SxHR boosts customer productivity.
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Robotics smoothes tote loading
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Robotics smoothes tote loading

Pack Flow Concepts showed a robotic system that takes individual packs from a tote or case and places them efficiently in a delivery tote.
Robot picks 180/min
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Robot picks 180/min

High-speed packaging robot from Fanuc that is especially suitable for food and beverage applications does up to 180 picks/min.
Robotic programming simplified
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Robotic programming simplified

Labview library for a Yaskawa robot was on display at the National Instruments’ Automate 2013 booth, and the demo included the use of a Sick Ranger laser 3D camera.
Dual-head robotic picking
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Dual-head robotic picking

The Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa Americas featured a dual-head robotic picking system that handles up to 185 picks/min.
Robotic picking at 300/min
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Robotic picking at 300/min

Schneider’s Robotic cartoning and case-loading system uses a delta-style robot and a machine vision system to locate and pick items at speeds to 300/min.
Collaborative robot
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Collaborative robot

Lightweight, collaborative robot designed by Universal Robots is meant to be used in close proximity with humans and can be moved around from position to position in the plant.
A robot for $22,000?
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A robot for $22,000?

Baxter is a $22,000 robot from Rethink Robotics that performs repetitive tasks at modest speeds. Force-sensing technologies make it extremely safe for operation around human beings
Yaskawa LoadWorld
Machine Product Brief
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Yaskawa America, Inc: Robot solution for machine tending

LoadWorld® is a pre-engineered standard robot solution for machine tending that can be integrated with new or existing machines.
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Christensen at ProMat/Automate show 2013.
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Keynoter at ProMat/Automate show refutes 60 Minutes' premise on robotics

The venerable and popular 60 Minutes Show ruffled more than a few feathers in the manufacturing sector with a January 13 show suggesting that the growth of robotics and automation in the U.S. comes at the cost of jobs.
Empty tubes are picked from boxes by the robot’s twin-row end effector and placed in the filler’s pucks.
Machine Case Study
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Norway's Ello turns to robots for an automation solution

Filling, insertion into trays, secondary packaging, and palletizing of tubes is done at 155 tubes/min by a tightly integrated series of robotic systems that require only one operator.
Small-footprint top-load case packer
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Small-footprint top-load case packer

Prodec exhibited a very compact case packer whose top-load format makes it an especially flexible solution.
Robotic case packer for 14,000 bottles/hr
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Robotic case packer for 14,000 bottles/hr

The Robomax 200 from Italproject, which is capable of case packing 14,000 bottles/hr, uses a specially designed feedscrew principle and an ABB robot.
Pack Expo 2012: Twin-head machine features robotics
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Pack Expo 2012: Twin-head machine features robotics

The 1702 tube filling system from Norden, part of the Coesia Group, is a twin-head machine that uses an ABB robot to feed tubes into the tube holder chain.

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