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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
 Case packer leverages vision-guided robotics
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Case packer leverages vision-guided robotics

Osprey case packing system from JLS greatly simplifies changeover, permitting a change in minutes, and sanitary design is a key characteristic.
Pack Expo 2012: High-speed robot can be mounted on wall or ceiling
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Pack Expo 2012: High-speed robot can be mounted on wall or ceiling

Agilus series of robots from Kuka are designed for high-speed picking and packing, and they can be mounted on the floor, on a wall, or even on the ceiling.
PMMI First Competition
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Future engineers see Pack Expo first-hand

High school student teams from the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition get involved in packaging and processing.
Fast-changeover robotic case packer
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Fast-changeover robotic case packer

This recipe-driven robotic case packer from Z Automation features a robotic infeed and lets the user change carton or case size in 10 minutes or less with no tools required.
Shown here are just two of the many cartoning formats that the robotic end-of-line system is capable of executing.
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Coffee capsules cartoned fast and flexibly

Because the world’s supermarkets want their single-serve coffee capsules packaged in such a wide variety of formats, this Italian coffee marketer opted for maximum versatility.

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