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SOMIC Packaging to Showcase the Advantages of Retail-Ready Automation at PACK EXPO

September 30, 2022

SOMIC Packaging will demonstrate a 424 W3 wraparound case packer at PACK EXPO International, October 23-26, in booth LU-8135 at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is an historic time for SOMIC Packaging. Since PACK EXPO Las Vegas was held one year ago, a combination of developments sparked growth that can be traced back to SOMIC’s…

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Thinking Outside the Box with RaaS

September 7, 2022

Robots as a Service Packaging Workcells Deliver Benefits to 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. Automated systems that provide polybags or boxes to human operators enable more rapid pick and pack operations, and have proven to be tried…

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Workforce Shortages Remain a Top Priority—And So Does Automation

September 7, 2022

Robots and Cobots Help Mitigate Labor Shortfalls and Boost Productivity By Jorge Izquierdo, VP of Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Staffing remains a major challenge for consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) and OEMs alike. In fact, last year it was listed as their top priority, according to “Key Challenges for…

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ABB Launches Five Axis Delta Robot for Product Picking, Packing & Reorientation

September 6, 2022

ABB is expanding its FlexPicker® Delta robot portfolio with the IRB 365. With five axis and 1.5kg payload, the IRB 365 is both flexible and the fastest in its class for reorienting packaged lightweight products such as cookies, chocolates, peppers, candies, small bottles, and parcels. Responding to the rise in e-commerce and growing demand for…

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Piab’s End of Arm Vacuum Tool is Now Configurable for Any Cobot

September 2, 2022

Originally certified to work with cobots from Universal Robots, piCOBOT® now extends its reach into the cobot market offering a high degree of configurability. 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…

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Collaborative Automation Powers Palletizing Tasks

August 8, 2022

Cobots Reduce Costs and Complexity, While Improving Performance, Quality and the Employee Experience By Kristian Hulgard, General Manager – Americas, OnRobot Despite the massive growth in automation adoption over recent decades, many important end of line tasks such as palletizing are still performed by humans. In large part this is due to the cost, complexity,…

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ABB Wins Red Dot Award for FlexPacker Industrial Delta Robot

July 22, 2022

ABB’s IRB 390 FlexPacker® industrial Delta robot designed for ultra-fast packing has been chosen for the Red Dot Product Design Award – the second ABB robot to receive the prestigious award in two consecutive years. The global Red Dot Design Awards recognize achievements in product design, with the jury – comprised of over 50 international…

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

July 15, 2022

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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New Headquarters for FANUC Mexico in Aguascalientes

July 13, 2022

FANUC, the global leader in CNCs, robotics, and ROBOMACHINEs, will host a grand opening and technology open house at its new robotics and automation headquarters in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Thursday, July 14. The new 109,000 square foot facility will provide sales, demonstrations, training, engineering and customer service.  The grand opening will include welcome remarks from…

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Palletizing Solutions Optimize End of Line Petfood Operations

July 8, 2022

Robotic Automation Seamlessly Integrates Existing End of Line Equipment By Brian Guzek, Regional Sales Manager at Brenton Engineering Petfood manufacturers, like other food manufacturers, are looking to gain efficiencies in their end-of-line operations. One way to achieve that is through automation. Adding a robotic solution brings many benefits to petfood manufacturers, including the ability to…

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KUKA Showcases New Multi-Robot Demonstration Cell For Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry at Automate 2022

July 5, 2022

At Automate 2022, KUKA Robotics debuted its new complete end-to-end process automation multi-robot cell for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. The demonstration featured completely integrated automation – including robots, mobile platforms, advanced vision and software. Designed to simulate a real production environment and automation solutions for each step – moving material from receiving…

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ABB Survey Finds Robotic Automation and Workforce Upskilling are Essential for Supply Chain Resilience

June 29, 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical disputes, raw materials shortages and trade issues that have rocked global economies and supply chains, a majority of U.S.-based companies are planning to relocate production closer to home. Surveying 1,610 executives in the U.S. and Europe, ABB found that 70% of U.S. businesses are planning changes in their…

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Universal Robots Launches UR20 Cobot

June 21, 2022

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), has announced that it will add a new 20kg cobot to its product range. Called the UR20, the cobot boasts an all-new design based on Universal Robots’ experience in highly refined engineering and is the latest addition to the company’s strong portfolio of cobots. The UR20…

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OnRobot Introduces a Complete Collaborative Palletizing Solution

June 2, 2022

OnRobot, the world leader in hardware and software solutions for collaborative applications, has launched OnRobot Palletizer, a complete collaborative palletizing solution designed to take the physical and financial pain out of palletizing processes. The powerful, automated palletizing hardware and software solution combines unprecedented affordability, performance and fast integration with a small footprint to deliver flexible palletizing…

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Bosch Rexroth AMR Improves Safety and Productivity of Manufacturing Facilities

May 19, 2022

Rexroth North America’s MP1000R is a new 1000 kg payload capacity autonomous mobile robot (AMR) that can automate material handling applications without additional external infrastructure. The AMR improves safety and productivity, and offers greater flexibility in manufacturing spaces. Using Bosch Rexroth’s ROKIT Locator Software, the MP1000R is able to navigate autonomously in highly dynamic environments…

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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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