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Robotic Resources

Industry Insights

Application: Material Handling

Robots…A ‘‘Butter’‘ Way to Palletize: A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 03/19/2007

  California Dairies, Inc. is the number one dairy cooperative in California and the second-largest in the United States.  It is owned by more than 650 California dairies that ship nearly 17 billion pounds of milk to be sold and processed annually by one of its five

Food Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/19/2007

  Deploying robotics in many industries is so routine, that it is taken as a given. The presence of robotics in other industries, such as in the food market, is relatively low. The potential for robotics in the food and beverage industry is immense, for both ‘‘traditional’‘ applications such as

Robot Palletizes Putter’s Pickles: A Robot Case Study. . . .by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor, Motoman Inc.

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 02/01/2007

  Aliment Putter’s Food, Inc. (Sainte-Sophie, QC), a well-known eastern Canadian producer of a wide variety of pickled vegetable products -- found themselves in a bit of a production pickle.  Their manual end-of-line palletizing operation was limiting their processing capacity, particularly during their peak season between July and mid-November,

Chemical and Hazardous Material Handling Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/18/2007

Among the many justifications for using robotics, the most important is to shield people from working in dangerous environments and from handling hazardous materials. From dealing with chemicals that are explosive to handling radioactive substances, robots are routinely used to perform tasks that would kill or maim people.  Robots are

High Precision Thermoforming Packs a Perfect Fit

by Nicky Borcea, President

POSTED: 07/21/2006

The Evolution of Automotive Materials Handling Today, shipping trays, or dunnage, for the automotive material-handling arena are custom made to fit specific part dimensions and to hold them in the proper orientation needed for assembly. Automotive manufacturers have traditionally

Robotics Partner with AGVs to Increase Production Flexibility and Speed

by Jan Rupnick, Public Relations Coordinator, (Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine)

POSTED: 06/06/2006

Manufacturers in the United States, in attempting to remain competitive in a global economy, often reach for technology to help improve production efficiency and reduce labor costs. For many companies, that technological boost comes in the form of robotics. And one area that is paying the most dividends for robotics

Customized Distribution Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/01/2005

Robotic-based distribution systems are among the fasted growing applications in flexible automation. This is due to manufacturers responding to the demands of their customers, who require that product comes into their facilities palletized in a structure that best suits them. The configuration of each manufacturer’s pallet is customized to meet

Optimized Vacuum Design for Material Handling Applications: How System Design Parameters Affect Productivity

by Andy Lovell, Application Engineer

POSTED: 04/04/2005

Designing or implementing a vacuum system for material handling applications is an important and often costly expenditure that can cause many decision makers to encounter mixed messages, making the right choice unclear.  In order to ensure a profitable investment, engineers should consider the following design parameters: reliability, product safety, efficiency,

Robots Take Furniture Industry into Their Own Hands

by Winn Hardin

POSTED: 11/24/2004

The automotive industry generally led the economic rebound for the robotics industry in 2003 and 2004. Today, industry insiders like Craig Jennings, Past-President of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and President of Motoman Inc., West Carrollton,

Biotech Material Handling Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/04/2004

Biotechnology material handling applications are among some of the fastest growing areas of robotics. Drug discovery and vaccines research have moved material handling robotics from the factory floor to academic laboratories and to research and development departments of biotechnology firms. Biotech vs. Non-Biotech Biotech is not just another industrial material handling

Cooking Up Success: Space and Labor Limitations at Frozen-Foods Manufacturer Overcome By Robotic Palletizing System

by Reprinted by permission from Robotics World

POSTED: 01/19/2004

Rich Products, a frozen food company, needed three, and eventually four, automated case palletizing lines for the three-shift operation in its Winchester, Va., plant. The area’s labor pool was small, with many manufacturers competing for it. However, there was no floor space available for automating the three packaging lines, and

Integrated Intelligent Warehouse Systems Boost Efficiency for Auto Parts Distributor

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/18/2002

Discount Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: DAP), one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket retailers, operates 660 stores in six Southeastern states.  At the end of 1998, DAP was rapidly outgrowing their existing 621,500 sq.ft. Lakeland, Florida distribution center (DC).  The company needed a new DC to relieve pressure on the

Material Handling On the Money

POSTED: 11/18/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Case Study: A Staubli robot picks up a box of Euro coins for packaging at the Pessac Mint Facility in France The European Single Currency, the Euro, made its debut in January. April 2001 marked the service introduction

Pharmaceutical Robotic Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/01/2002

In the world of pharmaceuticals, there is a vital role for robotics to play in the complicated processes of research and development, production, and packaging. Justification for robots ranges from improved worker safety to improved quality. Speeding up the drug discovery process is another benefit of robotics. A number of

Robotic Material Handling: Bottles

POSTED: 03/15/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine, December 2001 Pyraser Bier GmbH & Co KG, founded in 1870 in Pyras, Germany, brews eight types of beer to meet demand in Bavaria. The company, which employs 45 persons, also sells carbonated beverages, juices


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