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Robotic Resources

Case Studies

Industry : Food/Beverage

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

Modern Safety and Control for Packaging

POSTED: 03/31/2009

Safe interaction between man and machine   Faster, more flexible, safer – with this objective in mind, the level of automation on plant and machinery

Brewery is More Competitive with Robotic Packaging and Palletizing System

POSTED: 06/01/2008

Problem: Medium-sized breweries can survive in a tightening market only with mature marketing concepts and unusual product ideas. The packaging industry, too, is being put more and more to the test by the segmentation of

FANUC Palletizing System Reduces Labor Costs at Alto Dairy

POSTED: 06/01/2008

Problem: Waupun, Wisconsin-based Alto Dairy faced significant costs related to strains and injuries suffered by workers required to palletize over 7,600 cases of cheese per eight hour shift.  In addition, the repetitive manual palletizing job was boring

Robotic Bag Palletizing System Helps Forbes Chocolate Productivity

POSTED: 09/17/2004

Forbes Chocolate is a supplier of blended cocoa and flavorings used in the food industry. Forbes blends are used in products such as milk, ice cream, soft serve, frozen yogurt and baked goods. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Forbes Chocolate is a unique company

Vacuum Gripper System Meets Increasing Demands for Handling Packages of Varying Shape and Size

POSTED: 04/16/2004

The use of robots for placing products in containers, transferring those containers between different stations in the packaging lines and palletizing them is becoming increasingly prevalent in all industries. Robots, with their ability to use a variety of end-of-arm tools [EOAT], provide the high-speed ‘‘pick and place’‘ palletizing ability needed to

SIG Delta Robots Get to Grips with Wagner's Piccolinis Pizzas

POSTED: 02/04/2004

Manufacturer of frozen foods, Wagner, was recently met with increased demand for its ‘‘Piccolinis’‘ pizzas. To meet this demand, Wagner turned to SIG Pack Systems for a faster and more efficient production process, which offered a compact solution with a lower level of complexity. Wagner introduced Piccolinis

KUKA Creates System to Remove Securing Bands from Empty Bottle Crates

POSTED: 06/23/2003

Problem: Securing bands which hold crates of empty bottles together during transport back to the filling plant must be cut and removed before the bottles can be washed and refilled. The extent to which this process can be rationalized is shown by a robot functioning as

Sigpack Delta Robot for Packaging at Pepperidge Farm

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The right choice is being made every day by more and more connoisseurs of fine taste throughout the world, when they opt for a superior delicacy from Pepperidge Farm - a division of Campbell Soup, Inc. Pepperidge Farm also made the right choice when deciding to automate

Strong but Gentle Robots Used for Handling Bananas

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When working with fruit, gentle handling is essential. Proof that robots have the necessary sensitive touch is provided by a banana ripening facility, where the strong but gentle machines tirelessly handle crates of bananas. These KUKA Long Range palletizing robots are confronted with a special challenge: they also have to


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