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Governor Lamont Announces Ranpak to Create New Innovation Center in Shelton

October 22, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont announced that Ranpak Holdings Corp., a global leader of environmentally sustainable, paper-based packaging solutions for e-commerce and industrial supply chains, is creating an 80,000 square foot innovation and automation center in Shelton, Connecticut. The company expects to initially employ 35 workers at the facility and increase that amount to around 80 to…


Pregis and inVia Robotics Partner to Offer Automated Pick, Pack, Replenish Solution, Increasing Warehouse Productivity up to 10X

October 21, 2021

Pregis, a leading global manufacturer of protective and flexible packaging solutions, is partnering with inVia Robotics to improve pick, pack and replenishment labor efficiencies by automating fulfillment operations. InVia and Pregis engineers have integrated artificial intelligence-driven software and autonomous mobile robots with packaging systems. Pregis’ advanced automation solutions are typically integrated into end-of-line work cells…


Surviving the Perfect Storm Impacting Packaging and Shipping Operations

October 18, 2021

By Peter Schwoerer, Vice President at CMES Robotics Inc. Packaging and shipping operations across all market segments were already being squeezed prior to 2020 by tight labor markets and cost pressures. The pandemic created the perfect storm in 2020 by not only intensifying an already tight labor market, but also by the exponential growth in…


Plug-and-Produce: New Concept in Smart Mechatronics Platforms for Packaging Automation

August 24, 2021

By Richard Vaughn, Automation Engineering Manager at Bosch Rexroth Corp. Consumer packaging companies are always looking for new technology and approaches that can lead to more productive operations, faster changeovers, reduced footprints and sustainable production. These companies are also starting to leverage the intelligence, connectivity and productivity enhancements that Industry 4.0 technologies can add from…


Epson Signs Advanced Industrial Products as Distributor in Kentucky and West Virginia

August 24, 2021

Epson Robots, the number 1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world, announced it signed Advanced Industrial Products (AIP), an award-winning factory automation and robotics supplier, as an official distributor of Epson Robots automation solutions. As manufacturers look to automate small, intricate processes as well as pick-and-place and assembly applications, this new partnership makes automation attainable, simple and…


Efficient Packaging Automation Rounds Off IML Processes

August 6, 2021

To make the entire process of packaging production for containers and buckets as efficient as possible, further automation steps are necessary in addition to the plastic injection molding process and in-mold labeling (IML), especially for the transport and cartoning of the manufactured buckets, cups and other containers. For this reason, Beck Automation offers customer-specific solutions…


Ranpak Advances Packaging Automation with Strategic Investment in Pickle Robot Company

July 9, 2021

Ranpak Holdings Corp. (“Ranpak”), a global leader of environmentally sustainable, paper-based packaging solutions for e-commerce and industrial supply chains, announced its recent investment in Pickle Robot Company (“Pickle”), a leader in the application of robots for automated sorting, loading and unloading of packaged goods within logistical lines. Pickle Robot has developed a low cost, collaborative…


Taking the Next Step in Packaging Automation: Overcoming the Challenges to Automate Manufacturing

June 25, 2021

Working with an expert packaging device fabricator and integrator that is flexible enough to customize can help meet requirements while expediting completion By Del Williams, Contributing Writer For packaging device manufacturers, the continual need to increase production speed and efficiency while reducing labor has spurred a shift toward implementing automated systems.  However, off-the-shelf equipment will…


Elevated Conveyor Conserves Critical Floor Space

June 9, 2021

Multi-Conveyor recently built a series of powered mild steel conveyors including a unique gravity conveyor to transport tall, shaped plastic products. Products are robotically placed on a 5 feet high dual-lane conveyor where they index through a product forming process, then incline to an ultimate height of nearly 8 feet. The product proceeds at this…


Vention and OnRobot Partner to Bring a One-Stop-Shop for Cobot Applications to Manufacturers Globally

May 28, 2021

Vention, a manufacturing automation platform (MAP), announced its partnership with OnRobot, which makes tools for collaborative applications. This partnership combines Vention’s online-first manufacturing automation platform with OnRobot’s of plug-and-play end-of-arm to accelerate the design and deployment of end-to-end cobot applications. Vention’s MAP reportedly provides users with the engineering software and modular hardware they need to…


Fanuc Expands Line of High-Performance Scara Robots

May 26, 2021

America, the leading supplier of CNCs, robotics, and ROBOMACHINEs has expanded its line of high-performance SCARA ROBOTS, offering more reach and payload options to companies with assembly, packaging, pick and place, and inspection processes. FANUC’s family of 4-axis SCARA robots has grown to include the SR-3iA, SR-6iA, SR-12iA, and new SR-20iA models with 3 kilograms,…


Achieving Water Authority Compliance with Automated Wastewater Treatment

May 15, 2021

Packaging manufacturers must meet EPA and local wastewater requirements for effluent, including those under the Clean Water Act. Failing to do so can result in severe fines that quickly escalate. Fortunately, complying with EPA and local wastewater regulation has become much easier with more fully automated, wastewater treatment systems. Such systems not only reliably meet…


FAUNC’s Popular LR Mate Robot Series Now Features 10 Model Variations

May 6, 2021

FANUC America, the leading supplier of CNCs, robotics, and ROBOMACHINEs has introduced the LR Mate 200iD/14L, the tenth model variation of the popular LR Mate series of tabletop industrial robots. Since the LR Mate series was launched nearly 30 years ago, it has become one of FANUC’s biggest sellers, with over 70,000 units installed across…


CMES Robotics Inc. Continues Global Expansion With Opening of North American Operations

May 6, 2021

Industries from automotive, logistics, manufacturing and packaging are all faced with a critical labor crunch. Automation, particularly robotic automation is seen by industries experts as the best means to overcome the labor shortage as well as provide the additional benefits of improved efficiencies and cost reductions. The use of robot’s can free workers from repetitive…


robominds Calls Piab’s New MX Suction Cup the “Super Cup”

April 16, 2021

According to robominds, the latest vacuum technology product from Piab has earned the nickname “Super Cup” because it simply lifts anything – regardless of the material, geometry, or surface structure. “It exceeded all of our expectations. That is why the MX suction cup has been nicknamed ‘Super Cup’ by us. It’s just great because it…


Making piCOBOT Even More Collaborative

April 13, 2021

Piab’s cleverly designed vacuum operated end-of-arm-tool (EOAT) piCOBOT® is now available with a generic electrical interface as well as several options for mechanical mounting plate dimensions in accordance with the ISO 9409-1 standard, enabling it to be configured to work with any collaborative robot and smaller industrial robots. By offering generic compatibility for piCOBOT, Piab…


Speed and Separation Monitoring With Sick’s sBot Safety System and Urcap for Universal Robots

March 22, 2021

SICK and Universal Robots (UR) announced a new safety solution for the safeguarding of accessible robotic applications. When combined, the sBot safety system and URCap from SICK increase productivity with immediate automated restart and profit from an easy configuration of the safety system directly from the UR teach pendant. With this partnership, SICK and UR…


Universal Robots Power Flexible, Easy to Deploy Palletizing Automation

March 1, 2021

By Joe Campbell, Senior Manager of Applications Development, Universal Robots Collaborative robots (or ‘cobots’) from Universal Robots are a proven technology for palletizing applications at companies of all sizes. Building on Universal Robots experience as the world’s most successful cobot maker and spurred by customer demand, Universal Robots and its partners have developed a range…


FANUC and Rockwell Automation Form Coalition to Address Manufacturing Skills Gap with Robotics and Automation Apprenticeship Programs

February 26, 2021

FANUC America and Rockwell Automation officially formed a coalition to kick off accelerated work and learn apprenticeship programs designed to upskill current and future workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing, robotics and automation. The coalition includes APT, a FANUC and Rockwell Automation systems integrator, and NOCTI Business Solutions, which provides independent assessments of occupational standards…


OnRobot Releases World’s Most Powerful Electric Vacuum Gripper for Heavy-Duty Palletizing Applications

February 25, 2021

Large, unwieldy bags of dog food, non-airtight clothing or consumer goods packages, and bulky, porous cardboard boxes. These are just some examples of demanding packaging and palletizing applications that OnRobot’s new VGP20 gripper can address. VGP20 is the world’s most-powerful electric vacuum gripper. Compatible with all leading robot brands, the gripper can reportedly handle payloads…