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Fulfilling the Vision of AI-Driven Automation

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Nov 28, 2017 6:02:00 AM

Technical innovations in artificial intelligence and robotics have unlocked massive potential for retailers to automate the handling of diverse Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) in the order fulfillment process with human-like flexibility at high speed.

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Topics: Machine Vision, Pick and Pack, New Technologies, Consumer Products


Experience Packaging Perfection

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Sep 19, 2017 8:36:48 AM

Whether your application calls for picking, packing, end-of-line palletizing, container unloading, warehouse inbound depalletizing or outbound mixed pallets, Yaskawa offers a complete line of robots and technologies to create the perfect packaging solution for you.

Yaskawa’s exhibit at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas will feature picking, packing and palletizing solutions that make automating easier, boost production and work well in stringent environments.

Attendees will see how we’ve perfected PLC-integrated robotics with robots, servo axes and variable frequency drives (VFD) controlled by a unified platform and ladder-based programming conventions.

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Topics: Trade Shows, Consumer Products, Packaging, Pick and Pack, Pick and Place, Palletizing


Get Simplified at Pack Expo

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Oct 26, 2016 1:38:33 PM

Yaskawa America, Inc. will soon be headed to Chicago, IL for Pack Expo International. In 2016, Pack Expo is the world’s largest processing and packaging industry show with more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and over 45,000 attendees. It will again be co-located with Pharma-Expo, which is the leading and dominant pharmaceutical event for comprehensive innovations.

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Topics: Trade Shows, Consumer Products, Packaging, Palletizing, Pick and Pack, Pick and Place


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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