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Graphic Packaging: Robotic neck tag applicator

Graphic Packaging International, Inc. (GPI) will be displaying a custom designed robotic neck tag applicator at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, which will utilize the newly released Yaskawa Motoman GP8 robot on the YRC controller.

Robotic neck tag applicator
Robotic neck tag applicator

The robot will apply cone-shaped paperboard neck tags over juice bottles in single file. Four-sided, cone-shaped neck tags are optimal for bottles and provide a unique billboard to capture the consumer’s attention. Ideal for:

  • Kicking off a promotion
  • Launching a new product
  • Enhancing brand identity
  • Tell a unique story
  • Providing product information or benefits
  • Offering a coupon
  • Featuring an award
  • Providing instructions or recipes.

The demo at Pack Expo will show a small scale of similar applications that can apply multiple neck tags onto multiple bottles at one time resulting in an effective rate of speed of 150 bottles/min.

The Yaskawa Motoman GP8 robot was selected for this application as it delivers optimal speed, accuracy and range of movement in a sturdy, compact design. GP Series 6-axis robots are designed for fast-paced assembly, packaging, and general handling processes.

GPI’s robotic solutions consist of proven designs and technology customized to suit the product and application and include: product loading, magazine loading, product transfer, and product assembly. The company can also be a single-source supplier for machinery and hang tags.

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