When projected growth surpassed manual palletizing capabilities, Paramount Citrus looked for a solution that combined the speed of automation with flexibility to accommodate multiple packaging types.
There’s tired and there’s down for the count. Eugene, Oregon-based grain processor Grain Millers, Inc. was both before changing bagging machines in 2008. Today, with a new machine on its floor and workers who no longer have to break their backs to get the bagging job done, Grain Millers increased its production by about 40 percent.
From Twinkies to Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Cup Cakes, Hostess’s various product brands are a part of the childhood memories of many Americans. Not surprisingly, the news of them vanishing forever from store shelves at the end of 2012 started a large public outcry with last supplies being bought out within hours of the news and the temporary development of a flourishing market on eBay.
For Washington Fruit & Produce, Co., one of Washington state’s largest shippers of apples, maintaining the most effective technology possible for distribution center (DC) operations is a constant requirement.
Wixon, Inc., with headquarters in St. Francis, Wis., bills itself as “a 100-year-old company with the innovative drive of a start-up.
KiMs is one of Scandinavia’s leading producers of crisps, nuts and snack foods. The company continually strives for improvements in efficiency, and to this end has adopted the Japanese-inspired approach of ‘lean production’, a manufacturing philosophy that considers the expenditure of resources on anything other than increasing value for the customer to be wasteful and therefore a target for elimination.
Here is what you need to know: the global packaging market is sustaining growth. According to Smithers Pira, the 2015 global packaging market was valued at about $400 billion. Growth underlines a shift in balance toward emerging markets, such as BRIC. North America showed a moderate increase from the prior year and is valued at $108 billion. Food packaging is the largest segment, accounting for 51 percent of the total market value. Beverage packaging accounts for 18 percent, followed by 6 percent for pharmaceutical.
Pucks are common in the cosmetics industries, particularly fragrances, where they are needed to hold odd shaped bottles. Highly finished bottles are sometimes run in pucks to keep them from getting scuffed by guide rails or other bottles on the line. Pucks with metal inserts are be used with a magnetic conveyor to carry aerosol cans through a water bath to check for propellant leaks.
For craft beer and other beverage manufacturers, business is booming. So it’s no wonder that these new and growing companies are seeking packaging and labeling solutions that help them compete effectively in the market.
By asking the right questions, companies can design robotic systems that maximize end-of-line efficiency and ROI.
Conventional automatic palletizers have been available since the 1950’s. In the 1990’s, gantry and then jointed arm robots made significant inroads in palletizing, leading many to conclude that the conventional palletizer’s days were numbered. Rather than getting immersed in ambiguous statistics and marketing buzzwords like “flexible” or “fixed automation,” this paper will look at the specific applications that favor each technology to determine if the future of palletizing is exclusively robotic.
What we know from experience is that business changes. Not only does the nature of packaging loads tend to change, but that labor costs, staffing, throughput, and a slew of other things change as well. Because of this, it's worth looking at options for upgrades and flexibility throughout the life of a machine before you buy one.
Chelsea Milling Co., maker of Jiffy Mix baking mixes, is moving ahead with plans to spend $35 million as part of an expansion that includes the addition of a new mixing tower, according to an article in The Ann Arbor News.
Secondary Packaging designates the packaging used to group various pre-packaged products together. Secondary packaging does not come in direct contact with the actual product and as such, its use and application usually differs distinctly from those of Primary Packaging. Secondary Packaging is said to have two central functions:
Secondary Packaging plays a vital role in branding and marketing the product. This is especially relevant in display packaging. Secondary packaging serves to group several products together for ease of handling, transport and storage. Logistics is a primary concern of secondary packaging. Not only must the packaging provide for easy moving and storing, it must also be durable enough to protect the primary packaging during transport and storage.
Secondary packaging materials include cardboard cartons, cardboard boxes, cardboard or plastic crates, shrink wrapping.
Tertiary packaging is perceived as whatever specific form of packaging is used for the purpose of wide spread distribution, such as a pallet system for example, where a large number of cases of cans of soda are wrapped in shrink wrap and carried on large wooden pallets to their destination. Tertiary packaging of large objects can include the use of robotics to lift, stack and palletize products. Tertiary packaging is not often seen by the consumer, since it is typically removed when it arrives at the retail/business establishment.