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End-of-Line Playbook - Conventional v. Robotic Palletizing
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Conventional vs. Robotic Palletizing Conventional vs. Robotic Palletizing
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November 28, 2012
Best practices for specifying
stretch wrapping equipment
By Marty Weil, Contributing Editor
Here are some tips and considerations to keep in mind when shopping for stretch wrapping equipment:
1. Determine the optimum force needed. Primary packaging is being drastically light weighted to control costs and meet sustainability initiatives. This affects the ability of stretch wrapping equipment to contain and unitize loads without crushing or damaging goods. Consider equipment that incorporates technology that ensures the use of the optimal containment on each load.

2. Understand how the equipment will impact freight and labor costs. In markets where competition means seeking advantage everywhere, companies need to control freight and labor costs. Some semi-automatic stretch wrappers enable operators to stay on fork trucks while wrapping their loads, saving time and labor while reducing safety risks. Cut transportation costs dramatically by simply weighing each load to ensure quality and gauge freight. Integrated scales allow operators to wrap and weigh loads simultaneously.

3. Know the speed at which you want the equipment to run. High-speed equipment isn't as expensive, comparatively, as you might think. Buy flexibility to accommodate future needs.

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Case study
Sweet robots handle pouched sweets
From automatic case erecting to robotic case packing and robotic palletizing, the new end-of-line automation at this Ontario food manufacturer is a quantum leap forward.
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Supplier News
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Henkel and Nordson forge
technology development alliance
2012 Packaging Hall of Fame Class Inductee:
Morrison Container Handling Solutions' president and owner Nick Wilson
Pregis receives Packaging World's
'leadership in packaging' honor
New Equipment
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Integrated case taper/labeler High-speed carton bundling for OTC and personal care products Stretch wrap machine reduces downtime from film breakage
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Cartoner produces 60 cpm Rotary product loader Robotic toploader
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High-speed pharma cartoner
Promatic PC 4000 continuous-motion, high-speed cartoner for the pharma industry operates at speeds to 400 cartons/minute.
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