Gray & Co., Hart, MI, operates 24 robotic arms on two ‘counterflow’ production lines. Each of the arms picks and places Queen Anne brand chocolate-covered cordials at an amazing rate of 1.5 cordials/sec into six-count plastic trays. Robotic system includes infrared scanners, PLCs, and proprietary software.
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After installing a new blow molder, Quintex Plastics, Spokane, WA, sought a higher output, mezzanine-mounted solution to manual case erecting from Pearson Packaging. Key operations are shown for the erector and bottom sealer, which is located in a tight space.
Ground pork, patties, and link sausages in two varieties all run through the same MAP tray sealer from Robert Reiser, though only two of the four varieties can be packaged at any one time. This automatic diverter fans the trays out from one lane to four.
Low-profile vf/f/s units from EaglePack are designed to reduce bruising of apple slices pack up to 50 bags/min of different sizes at Crunch Pak, Wenatchee, WA. Shown in medium and closeup views are 1-lb bags as they are formed, filled, and sealed.