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When to Select a Robotic Case Packer and When to Select a Traditional Case Packer

Robotic or traditional? It’s a decision that faces every manufacturer installing or upgrading a case packer. The answer, as in so many equipment choices, is it depends. This White Paper will help give you insights into the selection process to make that determination.

Installing either a robotic case packing system or hard automation case packer is an application-by-application decision based on the item to be packed, the pack configuration, desired speeds, the space available at the facility, and a company’s general equipment philosophy. Finding the best solution requires an analysis of the product, the package, a company’s current needs and its potential needs down the road.

The first task for any buyer is to leave biases at the door. Too many companies contemplating a case packer approach the decision either saying they hate robots and/or can’t handle them or insisting that nothing less than a robot will do - without even considering the options. Neither view is correct. The watchwords are: Let the application dictate.

Speed, size and space Case style is one of the primary determiners of whether to install a robotic or traditional case packer. A robot lends itself best to top-load pick-and-place applications particularly if the entire case can be loaded at once. A 12-pack of bottles, for example, is an ideal robotic application.

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