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Instead of having to synchronize two independent control technologies to manage the functions of the robot arm and the basic machine control, all of that is done through the ControlLogix PLC. This not only gives increased reliability and pattern forming capability, it also allows plant personnel to easily understand and maintain the system. Customers will work with familiar PLC controls and will no longer be required to learn and work with the robotic arm proprietary software. This hybrid palletizer technology known as R-Factor, available only from Columbia Machine, marries this new technology - robotic capability and simple conventional palletizer designs - into a very powerful package. R-Factor technology can be fully integrated into all Columbia high level or floor level palletizers.