Fischbein announces strategic alliance with Columbia/Okura

Statesville, NC, January 26, 2015 - Fischbein Americas, a world leader in bag closing technology and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic alliance with Columbia/Okura, a leading provider of robotic palletizers with the largest install base in the US. This significant and customer-focused alliance was initiated by each company's shared commitment to providing single source, end-to-end, fully automated bag packaging solutions.

This strategic alliance combines Fischbein's 100 years of experience designing and manufacturing bag weighing, handling and closing equipment with the market-leading robotic palletizing equipment from Columbia/Okura.

"Over the last few years it has been our distinct pleasure to have partnered with Columbia/Okura to provide numerous customers with fully automated bagging lines. Both companies have a strong history of providing premium quality products, engineered for best cost of ownership and built for years of problem free operation," said Allan Sutherland, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Fischbein Americas. “Together we are committed to delivering not just equipment, but complete, fully integrated bagging solutions which optimize our customers' bagging system performance and throughput with Intelligent Self-Pacing software solutions."

The Intelligent Self-Pacing software solution is a synchronized system that automatically paces the speed of the bagger based on the status of the palletizer. This proprietary software and communication system optimizes the throughput of the complete bagging system and is programmed to communicate exclusively between Fischbein and Columbia/Okura equipment.

About Fischbein
Fischbein designs and manufactures bag packaging equipment and complete systems under the Fischbein, Saxon and Inglett brands. For over 100 years, Fischbein has been the leader in sewing and sealing systems by delivering highly engineered, robust and dependable solutions. Serving customers worldwide in agriculture, animal feed, seed, pet food, chemical, mineral, milling, food, building material, medical and pharmaceutical industries, Fischbein has a full range of sealing, filling, weighing, handling, and palletizing equipment that is sold and serviced in more than 190 countries.

Fischbein is a Duravant Company. For more information, visit www.fischbein.com.

About Duravant
Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with an over 100-year operating history. Through their portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and service networks they provide immediate and lifetime after-market support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. Duravant's market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability.

About Columbia/Okura
Columbia/Okura LLC designs, programs and integrates end of line robotic palletizing solutions for most major industries. For almost 20 years, Columbia/Okura has been a leading provider of robotic palletizing systems by delivering custom engineered solutions meeting demanding customer requirements. Serving clients in agriculture, animal feed, seed, pet food, chemical, mineral, milling, food, building materials, medical and pharmaceutical industries, Columbia/Okura provides a robotic palletizing solution to meet the needs of any application. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia/Okura is a joint venture of material handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura USA.

For more information, visit www.columbiaokura.com.



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