Pack Expo is a playing field for packaging and material handling equipment and the best and brightest come out to showcase their best players for the beverage marketplace. Here’s a look at some of the palletizers, depalletizers and case packers that attendees of the Las Vegas show this month can expect to see.
Intelligrated: Alvey 950 Series Hybrid Palletizers
Alvey 950 series hybrid palletizers from Intelligrated are designed for reduced secondary packaging applications that require gentle handling and high throughput rates, according to the company. Alvey 950 series palletizing solutions combine conventional automated palletizers with one or more robotic arms to handle complex pallet load patterns at rates in excess of 125 cases per minute. Recent enhancements to the 950 series include an on-board stretch bander to stabilize otherwise unstable loads, and an integrated control system that allows the conventional palletizer and its robotic arms to operate from a single PLC controller. Booth: 2036
ARPAC: Integrated Palletizer and Stretch Wrapping System
ARPAC will be demonstrating the ARBOT Palletizer and Stretch Wrapper designed as an efficient end-of-the-line solution for handling cases, trays and other products. The Automatic Robotic Palletizer can handle products, forming desired pattern layer stacks onto a pallet in a tight, uniform configuration, the company says. Pattern configuration and layer counts can be quickly changed over for different product sizes and movements are controlled with an Allen-Bradley processor and operator interface. What makes this equipment unique is that the ARBOT palletizer can be integrated with an ARPAC automatic PAC stretch wrapper. The PAC- SERIES is part of a robust line of stretch wrapping equipment designed to maximize stretch film usage while ensuring the very best load unitization, the company says. Booth: C-1535
FGW: Rainbow Pallet Building System
FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, Inc. (FGW) will be exhibiting a Robotic Rainbow Pallet Building system designed for those companies, such as beverage distributors, that handle mixed loads of products. This new product works with a robotic arm that selects layers from two donor pallets of different products to create a mixed pallet by using a mxAutomation controlled KUKA Robot equipped with a pick-and-place layer handling tool. The system, the company says, is capable of handling many types of products ranging from corrugated boxes to shrink-wrapped bundles. It can also be expanded to handle a large number of donor loads to create many types of mixed pallets. The cell will be on display at the KUKA Robotics Booth 5133 and a team of professionals will be available at the Barry-Wehmiller Booth 900.
ITWWA: VTP Palletizers and VPS Software Upgrade
ITW Warehouse Automation (ITWWA) has made improvements to its VTP palletizers and VPS software to enable pallet patterns to be changed in real time with minimal effort required of employees or the robotic palletizers, the company says. In addition, the VTP palletizers now operate up to 40 percent faster with the same flexibility and gentle product handling for which they are known. The enhanced VPS software now allows users to change pallet patterns without stopping production. VPS allows for an infinite number of flips or patterns resulting in greater productivity and load integrity, according to the company. In addition, VPS requires little training so the system can be implemented without delay. VPS also helps ITWWA’s VTP Palletizers take on more functions communicating to the robots whether cases are lighter or packaged in various materials so they can handle each accordingly, for example.
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Rexnord Goes Platinum
Rexnord FlatTop North America continuously develops innovative conveyor chain and component solutions to meet the increasing performance demands of high-speed filling lines in the beverage business. Rexnord’s new PSX (Platinum Series) material address the need for increased conveyor speeds combined with concerns regarding sustainability, improved safety, increased productivity and reduced water consumption and energy savings. PSX material is developed for high-speed conveying of glass as well as PET bottles, aluminium and steel cans in settings where little or no external lubrication is needed. According to the company, the material used for these chains are low-friction and offer a long wear life with minimal dusting. The company will be displaying its products at PackExpo, Booth S-5972.