With the four-color on-demand label printer they introduced at Pack Expo Las Vegas, Epson lowered the operating cost, increased print quality, and ramped up speed. Improved print head and the addition of black to the mix of inks makes a big difference.
A Hartness case conveyor, high-speed layer former with Robo-Merge technology to increase throughput, and a layer-handling robot create a flexible palletizing solution for multiple industry applications.
AC drum motors from Interroll feature a stainless steel design and have been engineered for industrial applications in the food industry. The company offers a number of drum motor styles, from servo to AC induction, in various diameters and horsepower capabilities.
New ink from Code Tech for digital thermal ink-jet coding is for use in HP disposable ink-jet cartridges. This is a thermal resin ink that dries by adhesion as opposed to evaporation, which makes it suitable for a variety of non-porous substrates.
Ed Mullen of Universal Robots demonstrates how the company's UR5 six-axis robot can be easily programmed via a touchscreen tablet or by simply grabbing the robot arm showing it the desired path of movement, for a pick-and-place application. Universal Robots' force control feature allows the robot to grip and handle objects of different dimensions and flexibility without crushing using variable force.
Gen 2 integrated motor and drive from Bosch Rexroth capitalizes on recent advances in the automation bus and on the advent of safety technology. Said to be the only integrated motor and drive where it's capable of tying in local I/O.
Veteran packaging automation guru Keith Campbell discusses the advances he saw on this year's show floor with regard to two game-changing technologies: linear servos and additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing.
The HL7200 high speed palletizer from Columbia Machine incorporates industry-leading safety package, ultimate flexibility and highest performance level in a robust and reliable palletizer that is easy to operate.