Until a few years ago, the phrase ‘Industrial Revolution’ was largely associated with radical engineering changes that transformed industry. Two centuries later, we’re experiencing another shift in the manufacturing landscape, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Purple Robotics, a new company founded by three former Universal Robots engineers, has launched the PR10, an innovative vacuum gripper designed for collaborative applications with a double-grip function.
In partnership with ABB and the University of Lincoln, OAL Group presents the second Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference. The event brings together retailers, manufacturers, and robotic and automation experts to discuss, debate and demonstrate the industry's future surrounded by the very latest in technological, robotic and automation advances transforming food handling and processing.
The rule of thumb when deciding between robotic or conventional case packers is not as true today as in the past, because robots now cost less and are easier to use, creating more options for packagers. Here are three suggestions for gaining advantages from the new economic realities of robots in case packing.
Delkor Systems unveiled a new robotic palletizing system designed for seamless downstream integration with Delkor packaging equipment lines. The system can be installed to complement Delkor packaging equipment lines to provide efficient, reliable robotic pallet stacking and eliminating the need for hand-stack operations.
When do you know it’s time to automate your packaging processes? Sometimes it isn’t clear until it’s too late and you are missing your deadlines for delivery due to a sudden increase in demand that you hadn’t planned for. The overhead cost for an in-house employee to manually package your products may outweigh the cost of automated packaging machinery, it just isn’t obvious that a capital investment like this will have the quick ROI you need.
Determining when it's time to automate your packaging line doesn't have to be difficult, but research needs to be done to make a decision on where to begin and what will provide your business with the biggest return.
In this issue of Packaging Strategies we have the annual Packaging Outlook, covering flexible and rigid plastics, glass, metal cans, paperboard and corrugated, as well as packaging machinery & automation and packaging design. Also covered is the trend of less is more in beverage branding, how dispensers can make or break a brand experience, one conveying company that’s setting the bar in vertical farming, a dairy manufacturer that moved to plant-based products and more. Enjoy!