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Schneider Packaging and Lantech Integrate Palletizing/Wrapping


Date: 02/10/10

Schneider Packaging Equipment and Lantech introduce the Stack and Wrap Palletizing/Stretch Wrapping Cell combining two or more lines into a centralized automated palletizing stretch wrapping station. The unique stack and wrap solution actually builds the unit load on the stretch wrapper which more efficiently handles and stabilizes lightweight, unstable loads in a reduced floor space.

The palletizing system was engineered by Schneider, and centers a FANUC robotic arm between two Lantech Q-600 stretch wrappers. xpedx, a Lantech distributor, identified how the machines should interface and initiated the collaboration between the parties.

While an automatic pallet dispenser and conveyor system delivers an empty pallet to each stretch wrapper, product is delivered from two production lines to the palletizing cell. The robotic arm builds layers of product on each of the wrappers. Once a predetermined number of cases are loaded onto the first pallet, the first wrapper stabilizes the load layers by applying stretch film. At this point the robotic arm begins building a load on the second stretch wrapper. This process repeats as the wrapper and robotic arm alternate building and wrapping the load in predetermined increments until the load is complete and product is discharged to a conveyor transfer system. The system is designed to handle two different products simultaneously thus allowing the system to maintain high throughput during wrapping.

The Lantech Q-600 includes special logic and hardware for this design, as well as Lantech's patented Pallet GripR load containment system to lock the load to the pallet for safe transport. For this application, the film is stretched at 250%. So, 10" of raw film becomes 35" applied to the load.

The stack and wrap palletizing cell is highly configurable and has the ability to simultaneously palletize uniquely different lines with different size and type products. Using fast and highly flexible FANUC robotic arms, Schneider customizes a wide range of end-of-arm tooling that enables the complete consolidation of case, tray or bag lines onto one central palletizing system. Pallet loading and exchange operate automatically for continuous production. Schneider configures each multi-line input and output solution palletizer to meet the customer's specific floor plan, product requirements, and operational needs.

In addition to providing Schneider Packaging with the Lantech stretch wrapping equipment, xpedx engaged Lantech to provide the engineering resources necessary to make the project a success. The company also provided technical service during systems integration, and the start-up and training portion of the design.

About Lantech
Lantech's packaging and productivity solutions include semiautomatic and automatic stretch wrapping; automatic case handling; shrink packaging; and pallet-load conveying systems. Lantech is the originator of stretch wrapping technology and world's largest manufacturer, with 65,000 systems placed around the world and 175 U.S. and foreign patents. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, with manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Europe, Lantech products are sold and serviced by a worldwide network of 175 distributor locations. Visit www.lantech.com to learn more. You can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LantechCom.

About xpedx
xpedx, a large distributor of packaging supplies and equipment, serves manufacturers across many industries including food/beverage, high technology, durable goods and automotive.

xpedx supplies top brand names including Lantech, Sealed Air, 3M and International Paper. Sales professionals offer product selection, operations consultation, package design, inventory management and kitting and fulfillment for customer locations worldwide. The company also has a growing number of packaging design centers in the U.S. xpedx, a business of International Paper (NYSE: IP), is one of the largest business-to-business distribution companies in North America with more than 230 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information visit xpedx.com.

Note: xpedx is a registered trademark of International Paper Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc.
Schneider manufactures a complete line of case packers, tray packers, tissue wrapping and bundling, and robotic palletizing systems. Schneider also offers a variety of ancillary equipment such as case erectors, cartoners, conveyors, pallet dispensers, shuttle cars, automatic guided carts, and elevators that can easily be integrated with coding/labeling equipment, RFID/barcode scanners, weight checking, and stretch or shrink wrapping equipment to provide a complete turnkey system solution. Some of their specialty markets include the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, paper, replication, industrial, and personal care industries.

Whatever the requirements, Schneider works to provide the best solution for any unique need. Schneider Packaging is an Authorized System Integrator for FANUC Robotics and is a Machine Builder partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetworkT program. For more information, contact our sales department by phone at (315) 676-3035, fax at (315) 676-2875, email sales@schneiderequip.com or visit www.schneiderequip.com

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