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PAK/PAL Papers

Robotic Packaging Opportunities
by Mark Senti, Vice President - Robotics Technology
SWF Companies - GSMA
Robotic features and benefits, how robotics compares to traditional packaging automation, examples of robotics from 'in-feed' to 'end-of-line.'

Food for Thought
‘‘We, at BluePrint Robotics, specialize in food packing robotics. Our focus is mainly wrapper loading, tray loading, carton/case loading, and kit assembly,’‘ said Joseph Crompton, Director of Software and Controls Engineering. The robotics company is a member of the BluePrint Automation Group, based in Boulder, Colorado. Kit assemblies are made of several components that a robot inserts into trays, containers, boxes or cartons. 

Cooking Up Success: Space and Labor Limitations at Frozen-Foods Manufacturer Overcome By Robotic Palletizing System
Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine
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 adding another room was not an option. At the plant, frozen rolls, breads and sweet goods have to be moved into the holding freezer from the packaging floor before the frozen, raw dough begins to thaw. This taxed the workforce and the forklift operators.

Consumer Products Produced by Robotics
By Bennett Brumson
It is common knowledge that industrial robots help manufacture big ticket items like automobiles, aerospace components, tractors and bulldozers. But what not be as well known is that robots also assist in producing everyday products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, and cell phones.

'Like a human, we can teach a robot to undertake new tasks,' notes Denis Danchine, an engineer at Fanuc Robotics. 'A robot is made standard and we customize it for new applications by installing different tooling,' says Danchine, an expert in material removal and de-flashing. As manufacturing robots get smaller and more flexible, the scope of items produced by them will surely expand.

Optimized Vacuum Design for Material Handling Applications: How System Design Parameters Affect Productivity
By Andy Lovell, Application Engineer, PIAB USA, Inc.
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, response time, flexibility, and maintenance issues.

Arctic Robot Design Guidelines
KUKA Robotics Corporation
Quick – think about an inhospitable environment where a robot should be deployed, an
application that saps productivity, challenges workers, increases injuries, and increases costs.
Most manufacturing professionals would think of die casting, forging, welding, grinding, painting –
applications that are typically hot, dirty, noisy, and dangerous.

Bag Palletizing: A Design Guide
KUKA Robotics Corporation
When designing your bag palletizing operations you need to ask yourself two vitally important
questions. First, what type of bag am I palletizing? Is the bag smooth, porous, flat, round?
Second, how is the product in the bag packed? Is it loose or firm?

Mixed Load Palletizing: Supply Chain Economics
KUKA Robotics Corporation
With manufacturing becoming more competitive, the best way for companies to remain viable is by identifying and embracing sustainable technologies that reduce costs and streamline the
supply chain. As manufacturers change how they produce and distribute their products, mixedload pallet building emerges as one of the most efficient technologies companies can embrace.

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