ARPAC featured in Modern Materials Handling

Check out the article by Sara Pearson featuring an interview with Mike Schoenberger presenting ARPAC stretch program and it’s advantages:

“Packaging Corner: Uptick in automated stretch wrapping yields greater productivity, cost reductions”.

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ARPAC in PMMI news

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies posts monthly video series to help PMMI members make the most of their membership. Check out the PMMI video featuring ARPAC:

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ARPAC Announces Acquisition of Lambert Material Handling

ARPAC, a best-in-class OEM integrator of complete end-of-line packaging solutions, continues on the path of strong and highly focused growth through the acquisition of Lambert (formerly Lamson) Material Handling. Lambert has been an industry leader and manufacturer of conventional palletizers for over 66 years, introducing the first automatic palletizer to the North American market in 1948.

“ARPAC has strategically grown to be an industry leader in robotic and packaging systems integration by anticipating and understanding the needs of our customers and delivering complete end-of-line integrated solutions that best serve them,” says Gary Ehmka, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Arpac. We are very excited about this acquisition, which enhances what is indisputably the most complete end-of-line packaging solution in the industry, offering our customers a choice of either conventional or robotic palletizing as part of a completely integrated packaging line.”

“What ARPAC offers is unique within the industry- the most comprehensive and complete product offering and unparalleled aftermarket support and services, within a single manufacturing operation and under one management team,” noted Rick Allegretti, President and CEO of ARPAC. “The acquisition of Lambert builds on our commitment to industry excellence and dedication to identifying and delivering what our customers want, complete end-of-line OEM integration.

“We look forward to the strong synergy which will be a direct result of incorporating our complementary product line within ARPAC’s unmatched one stop solution,” said Bob Manion, President, Lambert Material Handling. “It’s a win-win for all of our customers, employees and the industry.”

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Strong Growth Leads to Exciting Staff Additions & Changes at ARPAC Schiller Park, Illinois, USA –January 30, 2014

Thank you for helping to make 2013 an exceptional and exciting year at ARPAC. We sincerely appreciate your business!

Commenting on the recent staff additions and changes, Gary Ehmka, VP of Sales & Marketing notes, “ARPAC continues to achieve robust growth by anticipating and understanding the needs of our customers and developing solutions that best serve them. As a best-in-class OEM integrator, ARPAC’s strengths mesh perfectly with the ultimate needs of our customers, resulting in a one stop, total end-of-line packaging solution incorporating the latest in machine & robotic technology.”

In a very short span of time, ARPAC has grown to be an industry leader in robotic & packaging systems integration. During a recent plant tour, customers were impressed to see multiple separate integrated lines being built simultaneously within the ARPAC facility. “We have robots all over the place!” Ehmka chuckled.

ARPAC’s continued growth has led to the following exciting staff additions & changes:

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Organizational Announcement

Robotic and Integrated Systems Sales Group

ARPAC is committed to improvement in every aspect of our business, with the sales organization remaining a cornerstone of our overall growth strategy.  Acknowledging this, we are pleased to announce the formation of the Robotic and Integrated Systems Sales Group and the appointment of Paul Moore as the Sales Director and leader of the team.

Paul will be responsible for commercial sales, product and brand development and technical sales support to help assure the continued growth and success of the product line.

Brian Ormanic has been promoted to Senior Robotic and Integration Engineer, functioning as the Technical Sales Support lead.

Chuck Mayberry will continue in his role as the Product Manager for Robotics, Systems Integration and Controls.

ARPAC’S Robotic and Integrated Systems Sales Group will play an integral role as part of one of the strongest sales organizations in the industry, continuing to identify and nurture robotic and integrated system opportunities while pushing the envelope developing new technology and bringing it to the marketplace.

Gary Ehmka

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

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Short Arpac calculator app. tutorial

Due to the popularity of our calculator app, we decided to create a mini tutorial showing how to use it. Enjoy!

click here for the tutorial video link

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Greg Johnson Joins Arpac as Western Regional Sales Manager

Johnson comes to Arpac with fifteen years of experience in packaging equipment and consumable sales.  His background includes sales, marketing, operations, and project management …read more here

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Arpac Featured in Control Design Magazine

“Everyone wants to be a one-stop shop, but few are capable and organized enough to pull it off. One of these is Arpac Group in Schiller Park, Ill. This machine builder and system integrator started out in the warehouse and distribution system (WDS) business, and has built customized, secondary, end-of-line packaging solutions such as case packers and stretch wrappers throughout its history. This background taught it to organize and integrate many functions and technologies to deliver that single point of responsibility that end users need and value so highly, Arpac’s staff reports.”… read more here

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Randy Spahr Joins Arpac as Business Development Director

Schiller Park, Illinois – Arpac is pleased to welcome Randy Spahr as the new Director of Business Development.

Spahr brings more than 25 years of experience in business development and operations in the design and manufacturing of packaging machinery. In addition, he has been an active member of PMMI for 18 years, serving on the Board of Directors from 2002-2008. Spahr most recently served as Vice Chairman of PMMI in 2007 and 2008.

“We are pleased to have a professional of Randy’s caliber and experience be a part of our dynamic team,” said Gary Ehmka, VP Sales & Marketing. “His extensive experience in new business development for the packaging industry complements our aggressive growth strategy moving forward. Randy’s initial focus targets the development of new strategic partnerships and enhanced customer relationships.”

Randy can best be reached at 847.678.4585 or

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Morgro Robotic Bag Palletizer Installation

Morgro manufactures lawn care and snow removal products, such as their premier ice melting product Ice Fighter Plus.

Problem: The manual stacking of the bags, which are 20-80, lbs. represented a large ergonomic liability.

Solution provided: Lambert Material Handling (now ARPAC) was tasked by HAMER, Inc. who was the project lead for the complete packaging line to provide a robotic palletizing system to handle the stacking on the bags of lawn care and snow melt products.

Products used: The prime mover for the stacking process was a Kuka KR100-2 PA Robot.

This unit has a 100kg lifting capacity.  A clam shell bag gripper was employed to handle the bag.  The gripper is a SAS FBG-50 which utilized pneumatics for gripper motions. For the pallet handling we utilized an ARPAC Model PD 4048 pallet dispenser, an ARPAC model SD 4048 sheet dispenser and ARPAC Fabricated bag infeed system which included conditioning conveyors, pacing conveyors and CDLR bag pick up conveyors. The system was enclosed in a wire mesh safety barrier from WireWay Husky.

The robotic palletizing system eliminated all ergonomic liabilities associated with manual stacking of the bags.

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