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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? See in-plant video
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Robotics orders drop

According to the Robotic Industries Assn. (Ann Arbor, MI), North American robotics manufacturers saw orders decline by 32% during the first nine months of 2001.
Pack Expo 2004: Vision-guided robot stacking system
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Pack Expo 2004: Vision-guided robot stacking system

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Blueprint Automation showed its vision-guided robot system at Pack Expo International 2004. Machine stacks product to be packaged at speeds to 300 products/min. As product is conveyed through the machine, a robot arm picks each item up individually, storing the programmed number of product and depositing it in a puck to be conveyed to a packaging machine.
Pack Expo 2004: RoboBar robotic bartender
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Pack Expo 2004: RoboBar robotic bartender

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Motoman is introducing its RoboBar robotic bartender to acclaim of happy customers at its booth, S-1495, at Pack Expo International 2004. Machine, built with traditional packaging-related robotic components, is programmed to mix and pour alcoholic drinks to specification. Dual-armed, high-speed robot is equipped with a color LCD display screen, a touch screen programmed to accept the customers order, a magnetic card reader (optional), stainless-steel bar with safety enclosure, a cup dispenser, beer tap tower, ice maker, and a soda and juice dispensing tower. Machine can be purchased, leased, or rented. Cheers!
Pack Expo 2004: ER60 high-speed case packing robot
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Pack Expo 2004: ER60 high-speed case packing robot

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cermex is showing its ER60 high-speed case packing robot at its Pack Expo 2004 booth, S-2448. Machine is based on the ER60 pendulum robot with high mechanical performance for case packing. Machine is a completely new selecting system for unstable products. The case transfer system is designed for a speed of 60 cases/min, while the entire system runs at a speed of 360 bottles/min.
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Columbia/Okura: Equipment: Quick ship palletizing program

The new quick ship program developed by Columbia/Okura (Vancouver, WA) meets the demand for short lead times or last-minute budget changes. A complete robotic palletizing system can be delivered in 2 weeks or less.
Schubert Packaging Systems: Schubert F2 'erect, load & close' robotic packaging machine with v
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Schubert Packaging Systems: Schubert F2 'erect, load & close' robotic packaging machine with v

The Schubert F2 (2 axis) robot erects a carton from a flat blank, collates and loads the product and subsequently closes the box.
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AIDCO International: Flexible robotic palletizing
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AIDCO International: Flexible robotic palletizing

AIDCO, a systems partner of KUKA, has developed the RoboticStar palletizing system to compliment its conventional palletizers and to provide customers a flexible automation solution for today’s competitive environment.
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BluePrint Automation: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches
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BluePrint Automation: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches

Servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine packs stand-up drink pouches into a corrugated display case at speeds to 500 pouches/min.
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Aetna: Robot and Genesis stretch wrappers
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Aetna: Robot and Genesis stretch wrappers

This video clip shows two machines: Robot Robot is a self-propelled, battery-powered unit is especially suited for wrapping loads of any shape, size and weight with stretch film.
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Touchscreen interface in the filler room is one of seven on the line.
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Controls implemented Nature's Way

On a line filling 1- and 2.5-gal containers, a networked modem has already saved more than $10ꯠ by allowing remote troubleshooting by vendors. The network includes seven HMIs and nine PLCs.
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: Robotic systems

Data sheet from Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) describes robotic bag palletizing, packaging, and freezer systems. Features include up to 7 axes of motion, accuracy to .0004”, brushless AC servo drives, fully sealed drives and bearings, easy program creation and editing, and internal power/air supply.
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Controls implemented Nature's Way (sidebar)

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Columbia Machine: Robotic palletizer

Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) has released a hybrid palletizing solution that combines row- and layer-forming technology with the flexibility of a robotic palletizer.
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Goodman Packaging Equipment: Robotic loader/unloader

Goodman Packaging (Waukegan, IL) has released the Odyssey robotic loading and unloading system to pack flexible or rigid packages, like case-ready meat or poultry trays, into or out of any shipping container.

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