'Expect Innovation' from Colbert Packaging at Pack Expo 2023

Robotic Layered Case Packer Colbert Packaging Corporation
Packaging manufacturer announces new robotic palletizer from Booth SL-6833

LAS VEGAS - Michimich -- Colbert Packaging, a leading manufacturer of custom paper-based packaging  (colbertpkg.com), announces its new robotic solution for product palletization operations. Designed for fully automated and integrated labeling, orientation and palletization, the new customized system is expected to streamline the current manual processes. Colbert partnered with RoBEX, an industrial robot integration provider, to assess operational challenges and identify a solution. The RoBEX team, with expertise in automotive, aerospace, food and beverage, and palletizing, worked alongside the Colbert team to design the new system.

Developing this system was a complex task, given Colbert's diverse needs. The solution needed the capability to pick and palletize multiple case variations and pallet configurations. Colbert also needed to manage multiple tier sheets and pallet types. RoBEX's extensive expertise and innovative design approach led to the creation of a unique End-of-Arm Tool (EOAT) that proficiently handles all requirements. The RoBEX solution included a design blueprint, integration plan and meticulous cycle time calculations before final implementation.

"Our pharmaceutical and consumer goods customers expect their secondary packaging supplier to invest in technology to maximize capacity and capabilities, and improve quality and responsiveness," says Colbert President & COO John Lackner. "In keeping with the 'Expect Innovation' theme at Pack Expo this year, we look forward to introducing and utilizing this innovative investment in technology to enhance our operations and our customer experience."

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Key Features

●      Multifunctional Pallet Handling – The system adeptly picks and places multiple pallet types concurrently. This adaptability allows for smoother transitions between various pallet types, optimizing the workflow and reducing system downtime. Efficient pallet loading and alignment is essential for smooth operations, and with the new system, every pallet pack is done with precision.

●      Automated Labeling – Cases are efficiently labeled and placed onto pallets, with the added functionality of inverting cases as necessary. This dual function ensures products are correctly oriented for palletizing, shipping and storage, streamlining subsequent handling stages and meeting the various customer specifications.

●      Superior Tracking Capabilities – Integration of sequential barcodes on each pallet ensures meticulous and automated lot control for product traceability. This level of detail provides controls for Colbert and its customers.

●      Safety First – By taking on the burden of heavy lifting, the automated picking and packing system safeguards the health and safety of Colbert associates by minimizing the risk of workplace injuries. This fosters a more sustainable work environment, decreasing physical strain for associates, reducing turnover and offering alternative options for associates.

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Reflecting on the project, RoBEX Director of National Accounts, Rob Johnson shared, "This collaboration with Colbert was both challenging and inspiring. Together, we've managed to craft a solution that optimizes pick-and-pack operations, addressing existing challenges and paving the way for future innovations."

Learn more about Colbert's state-of-the-art robotic palletizers in Booth SL-6833 at #PackExpo2023, September 11-13.  For more information about Colbert Packaging's commitment to innovation and sustainability, visit https://colbertpkg.com/sustainability/

Founded in 1959, Colbert Packaging has grown its repertoire of paperboard packaging solutions into one of the most comprehensive, diverse and inventive portfolios in the industry, serving pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer goods customers. Colbert's Kenosha, Wisconsin facility produces offset and flexographic printed folding cartons, pressure-sensitive roll labels and package inserts; the Elkhart, Indiana operation includes folding carton production and paper tray forming. Learn more at www.colbertpkg.com.

Natalie Scholberg
New Leaf Communications

Source: Colbert Packaging Corporation
Filed Under: Manufacturing

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