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From PLC Evolution to Packaging Programming Revolution

Posted by Dean Elkins on Mar 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Gone are the days of deploying robots for the sole purpose of dealing with hot, heavy and hazardous applications. From beginning to end, robots are now being used to perform primary, secondary and tertiary applications in the Food and Consumer Goods segment. While this uptick in robotic automation usage for material handling is greatly due to the availability of high-quality, affordable robots that offer increased reliability, there is a paradigm shift in the way robot programming happens today that is impacting the market, creating a packaging programming revolution.

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Topics: Consumer Products, Controls, Packing, Handling, Packaging, Palletizing


Speaking One Language is Better Than Two

Posted by Dean Elkins on Mar 14, 2016 5:00:31 AM

In a multi-cultural world with many spoken languages, it’s beneficial to know more than one. But if you’re working with robots inside a manufacturing facility, speaking only one language is better. The singular control concept makes it easier to implement automation and save on programming costs.

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Topics: Programming, Controls, Packaging


Catching Fire: PLC-Integrated Robots (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Jun 2, 2014 5:00:43 AM

Plant productivity can be measured in multiple ways including instantaneous productivity (a snapshot at any given time) and total productivity (throughput over time).

Technically speaking, there is no difference in performance between a traditional robot controller approach or PLC-integrated controls. Because there is no performance difference, instantaneous productivity is not impacted in either case.

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Topics: Palletizing, Controls, Pick and Pack


Catching Fire: PLC-Integrated Robots (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on May 22, 2014 6:45:15 AM

There are always proponents and skeptics of new technology. Skeptics resist, maintaining nothing is broken, so why fix it? As a proponent of new technology, I believe its role is to accelerate productivity and to create a new approach to an issue rather than to fix existing problems.

The buzz about advances in PLC-integrated robot technology has grown louder over the last five years. According to The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), integrated robot controls is one of the key trends in automation and control technology

Skeptics say this technology is not a viable solution. While I agree that PLC-integrated robots are not applicable for every application and industry, they do make robot controls more familiar and easier to use in many applications.

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Topics: Palletizing, Controls, Pick and Pack


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