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Case Studies

Industry : Food/Beverage

High-Tech Robotic Solutions in Milk Testing

POSTED: 04/26/2013

Milk is among the most strictly regulated foods in the market. As one of the agencies responsible for implementing the Milk Quality Ordinance in Germany, the Milchprüfring Bayern (MPR; Bavarian Association for Raw Milk Testing) testing organization operates conceivably the world’s largest and most modern laboratory (in Wolnzach, Germany). The

Red robots in the house: ABB robots Help a Traditional Black Forest Brewery

POSTED: 01/28/2013

On the production floor, the scene is like one from a delicate and very precise ballet of technology: an ABB robot bends gracefully forward and grips a stainless steel beer keg gently but firmly around its “waist,” then smoothly rotates it 90 degrees and carefully places it, inverted, in the

PickFlex: Vision Guided High Speed Pick & Place

POSTED: 09/21/2012

The Problem   JMP’s customer came to them with an ergonomic issue in their plant. The process involved workers manually grouping the ice cream bars on a high-speed flat belt conveyor and placing them in the trays on a tray conveyor.  From this tray conveyor, the bars were pushed into

Robotized material handling systems for packaging and palletizing in the food industry

POSTED: 06/27/2012

Orfer Oy provides packaging and palletizing solutions to the food industry and has been using Visual Component’s 3D simulation products since late 2005 to support their business development. Simulation as a marketing tool ”For us, simulation

KP Foods Palletizing

POSTED: 05/22/2012

TASK KP Foods Plant at Stockton-on-Tees is a manufacturer of Potato Crisp snack foods. The end of line process involved a manual palletizing process of the boxes of Crisps. This needed a high number of personnel over three shifts operating 24/7. KP wanted to

Palletizing Two Different Product Lines with MOTOMAN MPL160

POSTED: 05/17/2012

Client Palletizes Two Different Product Lines Using a Single MOTOMAN MPL160 Robot Cell   Mississauga, Ontario manufacturer saves space by palletizing two different lines with one robotic palletizing cell.   Our client is a producer of margarine. They package two

Chocolate Bars Uniquely Packaged

POSTED: 01/12/2012

Packaging containers can sometimes be quite elaborate. Although you rarely hear consumers ask themselves how the products in their shopping cart got into their packaging, this extremely interesting process continuously spurs packaging machine manufacturers to innovate. The faster, the better, the more accurate so as not

Fast Forward for Image-Based ID Readers

POSTED: 10/11/2011

VSoC-powered readers increase read rates, reduce downtime and speed setup In the not-so-distant past, manufacturers using laser scanners and conventional area-scan image based readers had to put up with inherent technology limitations. Laser scanners, for example, have a hard time reading barcodes through plastic shrink-wrap, barcodes printed on flexible

Rexroth VarioFlow conveyors offer modular advantages for Oak State products from wrapping, to cartoning, to case packing

POSTED: 08/30/2011

Easy-to-assemble modular approach adds both packaging capacity and flexibility for food products customer needs When food product consumers’ tastes change, food product manufacturers’ processes need to change with them, to stay ahead in a competitive marketplace. That’s where Oak State Products, a Wenona, Illinois-based contract packager and manufacturer of baked goods,

Product Handling Put to the Test at Twizzlers Candy Plant

POSTED: 02/07/2011

Twizzlers® candy from Y&S Candies, Inc., a division of The Hershey Company, is an American candy favorite, known for its sticky, pliable consistency and sweet fruity flavors. However, some of the qualities that make it such a satisfying treat also make it a product packaging challenge. Y&S produces and

Flexible Cable Performs in Severe Cold Temperature Environments

POSTED: 11/01/2010

  Problem: A leading North American manufacturer of electric fork lift trucks wanted a rugged flexible cable that could not only withstand thousands upon thousands of flexes year after year, but also endure extreme sub-zero temperatures in working environments where the fork lift equipment is used to offload foods and perishables from

A Sweet Success Story: Candy Factory Modernizes its Robotic-Palletizing Cells

POSTED: 04/22/2010

The Hershey Company licorice plant welcomes new palletizing robots—along with controls and simulation software--to handle 85 percent of the plant’s palletizing chores, while also increasing productivity, flexibility and reliability. Since April 2009, the Y&S Candies plant in Lancaster, PA—home of the Twizzler—has been busy upgrading its four 20-yr-.old robotic case-palletizing cells,

Cable Carriers Eliminate Costly Maintenance

POSTED: 04/15/2009

Cable carriers replace festoons on automated storage and retrieval systems EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – March 27, 2009 – Weldon Solutions uses plastic cable carriers and continuous-flex cables from igus® on its automated storage and retrieval systems for the baking industry.  They replace festoon systems that required more space and


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