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Konoike Transport and OSARO Team Up to Pilot Japan’s First Fully Automated Warehouse

May 16, 2022

Konoike Transport Co., Ltd. and OSARO have teamed up on a new project at the Konoike Institute of Technology Innovation Center (known as KITIC). It will showcase Japan’s first prototype of automated warehouse operations where autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) will work together with picking robots optimized for warehouse and e-commerce applications that involve large SKU inventories. The…

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Producing Better Bottles Using Smart Pneumatics

May 12, 2022

Next Gen Technology Optimizes Digital Transformation Of Consumer Packaging Operations By: Gerson Henning, Manager Business Development Food and Beverage Packaging, Emerson The consumer products market counts on the reliability and efficiency of pneumatic technologies in its packaging systems. While these proven solutions are known for actuation and material movement, the latest generation introduces a new…

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A Strategic Approach to Determine Return on Investment

May 12, 2022

A New Way to Evaluate the Value of Automation By Dan Anfison, Executive Director Global Accounts, FANUC America Consider this – you’re working on a plan to convince your management that robots and automation are the best way to address a production issue.  You’re sure to pique their interest when you present a quick ROI…

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KUKA Showcases Complete, End-to-End Automation Solutions and Advanced Vision Capabilities at Automate 2022

April 21, 2022

At Automate 2022, attendees will have the opportunity to experience how complete, end-to-end automation solutions from KUKA Robotics can help them exceed their production goals. Automate 2022 will be June 6 to 9 at Huntington Place in Detroit, MI – near the company’s North American headquarters. At booth #1823, KUKA will spotlight multiple live demonstrations…

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Tips to Guide Automation of Secondary Packaging

April 6, 2022

Labor shortages, space constraints and increasing SKUs are driving up demand for automation of case tray packing. By Billy Goodman, Managing Director for Cama North America Having worked in the secondary packaging industry most of my life, I’ve seen tremendous change and progress, but also many of the same ongoing challenges. The current quandary we…

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A Checklist for Cobot-powered Palletizing

April 6, 2022

Cobots Boost Palletizing Productivity, Address Labor Shortages and Protect Workers  By Joe Campbell, Strategic Marketing & Applications Development at Universal Robots A/S Manual palletizing requires workers to bend, lift and twist for hours on end. Over time, this unergonomic task can cause repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders, endangering worker health and driving up labor…

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See Brenton Automated Packaging Solutions at WestPack 2022

March 29, 2022

Brenton, a ProMach brand, is bringing its full complement of material handling and automation solutions next month to California’s largest packaging event. Through interactive 3D animations, Brenton will be showcasing its new RT1000 top load case packer, Bot Box modular robotic palletizer, integrated frozen pizza line, and other robotic automation solutions in booth 5346 at…

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KUKA Robotics Builds Leadership Team with Two Key Position Appointments

March 10, 2022

KUKA Robotics has named Casey DiBattista and Vancho Naumovski to key leadership positions within the company, leveraging decades of experience and expertise to drive organizational growth and lead the industry. DiBattista is now the Chief Regional Officer of KUKA North America, and Naumovski is the new Vice President and General Manager of Operations for the…

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AMT Earns Award for Robot Sales Growth

March 8, 2022

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) earned the Sales Growth Award from FANUC America Corporation for attaining outstanding year-over-year growth in robot sales for 2021. The Sales Growth Award for Outstanding Robot Sales is awarded annually at the FANUC Automated System Integrator (ASI) Conference. The 2021 recipients were announced February, 16, 2022 at the 23rd annual ASI…

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The Emergence of Robotic Palletizing

March 7, 2022

Robotic palletizing is efficient, fast and a viable solution for the labor shortage By  Ryan Womble, Director of Sales at Quest Robotic automation has become the go-to engineering design for gaining efficiency, speed and addressing the ongoing labor shortage within the packaging industry. Whether it’s forming cases, packing cases or building pallets for shipping, robotics…

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The Packaging Strategy Everyone Should Know

March 7, 2022

Automating e-commerce operations provides a path for growth by adding speed and accuracy By David Nettles, Director of Sales, Texwrap Packaging Systems Effectively managing a business’s e-commerce operation can be challenging, especially when it comes to the packaging process. For many companies, e-commerce packaging is a labor-intensive endeavor that is not a very efficient operation.…

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Robotic Palletizing Solution for Snack Foods

March 4, 2022

Quest, in partnership with Brenton, a sister ProMach product brand, recently completed an installation for Snak King at its Freeport, Illinois, facility. The solution for Snak King, a leading manufacturer of both private label and branded snacks, involved 16 Box Bot robotic palletizers featuring FANUC robots and three intelligent autonomous vehicles working simultaneously to safely…

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

February 23, 2022

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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Universal Robots Reports Record Annual Revenue of over $300M

February 22, 2022

Universal Robots, the Danish producer of collaborative robots, has reported record annual revenue of USD 311M, 41% up on 2020 and 23% up on pre-pandemic results in 2019. The company’s President, Kim Povlsen said, “Universal Robots has had a great year. In a company like ours, which manufactures sophisticated hardware to high quality standards, this…

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KUKA Highlights New Range of Hygienic Food Processing Automation at IPPE

February 22, 2022

With cleanliness and safety at the forefront of meat, poultry, egg and other fast moving consumer goods processing, KUKA Robotics spotlighted its expansive product range of automation solutions specifically for that market sector at the International Production & Processing Expo held in Atlanta. Those KUKA innovations included the company’s Hygienic Machine (HM) and Hygienic Oil…

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A Holistic Approach to Automation

February 9, 2022

Integrated conveyor systems can optimize the entire production process. By Mike Hosch, Vice President of Industrial Products at Dorner New waves of technologies are transforming the way products are produced and packaged, and automation is redefining the overall design of many manufacturing facilities. Flexibility and connectivity are the name of the game when it comes…

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TurboFil Becomes US Sales & Service Representative for UK-based Sewtec Automation

February 3, 2022

TurboFil Packaging Machines LLC, an equipment specialist dedicated solely to the design and development of liquid filling and assembly machines, has been named an official US sales & service representative for UK-based Sewtec Automation, which manufacturers packaging and other end-of-line equipment. Moving forward, TurboFil will exclusively handle sales, after sales maintenance support, marketing and parts…

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RIOS Ranked a Top 5 Robotics Startup in Food Warehouse Sector

January 20, 2022

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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What to Expect from Packaging in 2022

January 17, 2022

By: Sean Riley, Senior Director, Media and Industry Communications at PMMI: The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies The value of U.S. domestic shipments of packaging machinery is estimated to have been worth $9.4 billion in 2020, according to the 2021 State of the Industry – U.S. Packaging Machinery Report produced by PMMI Business Intelligence,…

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Automating Production with In-Line Inspection

January 11, 2022

By Victor Gomez, director of Industrial Label Products at Epson America, Inc. Automation is a hot topic in the label converting industry. It addresses labor constraints, reduces costs and simplifies label printing, inspection and finishing. Printing and finishing solutions can help make a print shop more efficient and ease the burden of some of the…

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