RIOS Announces $28M in New Funding to Automate Old-Line Industries

RIOS Intelligent Machines, Inc., leader of end-to-end AI-powered robotic workcells for factory automation, announced today that it has raised $28 million in Series A equity funding and debt financing to automate labor-intensive factories with robotics and AI This new round of funding, together with a $5 million venture round announced back in 2020, raises RIOS’…

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RIOS Ranked a Top 5 Robotics Startup in Food Warehouse Sector

RIOS Corporation was named a global industry leader in food sector warehouse management, and developed one of the five top robots in the industry according to StartUs Insights. StartUs analyzed 138 startups, and recognized RIOS’ innovative automation-as-a-service solutions for the food industry, and the impact of their robotic solutions and artificial intelligence (AI) technology on…

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Thinking Outside the Box: Immediate Benefits of Robotic Solutions for End-of-Line Packaging

Legacy Packaging Equipment and New Packaging Robots Deliver Extreme Benefits for Businesses and Consumers By Mandy Dwight, Vice President of Business Development at RIOS Intelligent Machines End-of-line packaging automation has been around for decades. Machines that automate the providing of polybags or boxes to human operators for rapid pick and pack have proven to be…

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Mondi Tests ‘Sortability’ of Mono-material Pouches and Rollstock During Recycling

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has carried out a series of tests to prove its mono-material polypropylene (PP) pouches and rollstock material can be sorted into their appropriate recycling streams. Implemented in collaboration with the National Test Centre Circular Plastics (NTCP) in the Netherlands, these tests, simulating realistic packaging waste management conditions,…

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Minnesota-Based Initiative Launches Circular Economy for Flexible Films

A groundbreaking partnership led by Minnesota’s MBOLD coalition has united leading global businesses and research institutions to catalyze a regional circular economy for flexible films and packaging materials in the Upper Midwest. MBOLD members General Mills, Schwan’s Company, Target, Ecolab, Cargill, Land O’Lakes, Inc. and the University of Minnesota are collaborating across the value chain…

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The Highlights of the Beer Industry

Contributed by Sidel As November in the beverage industry goes under a beer sign, Olivier Goffin, Vice President Global Category Beer, Wine and Spirits at Sidel, is sharing insights about what drives the beer market nowadays and how the equipment providers like Sidel are working to mirror the market trends. The status quo: beer industry…

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Trivium Packaging Accelerates Long-Term Climate Change Commitment

Trivium Packaging, a global leader in infinitely recyclable and reusable metal packaging, affirms its long-term commitment to combat global climate change and make real impact. To achieve the most ambitious aim of the Paris Climate Agreement, and limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Trivium has pledged to set science-based targets to help reach that…

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Esko | Brand Solutions: Preparing Brands for Agile Working Anytime, Anywhere

Esko | Brand Solutions, a global supplier of integrated software for the packaging, labels, artwork, and other branded materials, is supporting brand teams looking to recapture market share while negotiating remote working and fragmented supply chain environments. The business is reportedly focused on solving the workflow and asset management challenges faced by brands today with…

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Harpak-ULMA Announces Packaging Design & Prototyping Services

Harpak-ULMA, the North American arm of ULMA Packaging, announced a new suite of packaging design & prototyping services to help producers more rapidly and cost-effectively develop and operationalize innovative packaging concepts. Harpak-ULMA’s new suite of services enables marketing and packaging engineering teams to now access a combination of conceptual design, prototypes, and implementation guidance from…

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Nimble Counts More Than Ever for Beverage Product Labels

By Gary Paulin and Mark Lusky Beverage manufacturers projecting future consumer demand in light of a changed world must make sure their present supply chain is as close to bullet-proof as possible. Ability to be nimble in a “new normal” environment will be more critical than ever before. Custom Labels are obviously a key part…

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Robotics in Logistics; Understanding if Automation is Right for Your Business

Four questions to determine if automation is a sound investment By: Brian Bowers, Corporate COO and Business Unit President at Visible Supply Chain Management As eCommerce volumes explode, many logistics and parcel companies look to automation and robotics as the solution and the next-big-thing. Many factors, such as labor shortages, wage increases, competitive pressures, falling…

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On the Surface, Pre-formed Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Deliver Results That Stick

By Will Cannon, Industrial National Accounts Manager for Glue Dots International Both pre-formed Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs) and traditional hot melt glues have beneficial attributes dependent on the surface application and the environment in which it is applied and stored. For deep penetration of a surface, some packaging operations prefer to use hot melt to…

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Barrier Materials for Flexible Packaging – Global Markets, Economics, Environmental Impact, Technology, and Participants

“Barrier Materials for Flexible Packaging 2016 to 2020” examines a comprehensive range of barrier materials that are used in the production of flexible packaging. The study focuses on materials that provide oxygen transmission rates from zero to 77.5 cc/m2/day(5 cc/100in2/day) and/or moisture vapor transmission rates from zero to 1.5 gm/m2/day (0.10 gm/100in2/day). This Barrier Material’s…

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Game-Changing Technology Continues to Drive The Segment

A Q&A with Sebastien Schmitt, Robotics Division Manager, Stäubli North America. Packaging Technology Today: Robots seems to keep evolving and growing in sophistication. What are some of the new features your robots offer? Schmitt: Stäubli’s new TX2 line of collaborative robots have opened an exciting chapter in Man Robot Collaboration (MRC). With the launch of…

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FPA Holds Successful Annual Meeting

The Flexible Packaging Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting was recently held March 13-15, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. Attendees included over 300 FPA members and guests who participated in content-rich general sessions that focused on flexible packaging industry-specific challenges and opportunities. The meeting also provided great networking opportunities for industry leaders. David…

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Stäubli Showcased Smart Factory, Sensitive Environment Robots at ATX West

Stäubli showcased a variety of industry-defining products, including its new TX2 line of collaborative robots, at the ATX West trade show (booth #4461) in Anaheim, Calif., February 6-8. Stäubli offers a complete range of dynamic robots for challenging industrial environments including life sciences, medical, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, electronics, semiconductors, cleanrooms and laboratories. Stäubli Robotics simulated…

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Last But Not Least

A Look at End-Of-Line Equipment Trends, Challenges and Solutions. By: Elisabeth Cuneo, Editor End-of-line equipment, including palletizing, offers packagers speed, reliability, flexibility and productivity. What are the most important factors when considering a new machine, aside from cost? And which consumer trend is driving changes to these equipment, including the push for smarter machines? We…

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A Look into The Retail E-commerce Packaging Market

Retail e-commerce packaging involves packaging products such as protective packaging (bubble wraps, air pillows, and loose fill peanuts), boxes (corrugated and folding cartons), labels, tapes etc. These products are typically used as secondary packaging to protect the packaged contents from damage during transportation activities. E-commerce sector has been expanding at an alarming rate. The latest…

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