Canadian Packaging

Columbia/Okura announces strategic alliance with Fischbein

New team to focus its resources on automated bag packaging equipment.

January 27, 2015
by Canadian Packaging staff

Vancouver, WA—Columbia/Okura LLC, a leading provider of robotic palletizing solutions in North America, has announced it has formed a strategic alliance with Fischbein Americas, a world leader in bag closing technology and packaging solutions, initiated by each company’s shared commitment to providing single source, end-to-end, fully automated bag packaging solutions. Headquartered in Vancouver, WA, Columbia/Okura is a joint venture of material handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura USA, Inc.

This strategic alliance combines Columbia/Okura’s industry leading robotic bag palletizing expertise with Fischbein’s 100 years of experience designing and manufacturing bag weighing, handling and closing equipment to provide completely integrated line solutions.

“Columbia/Okura and Fischbein have worked together for well over a decade.  The formalization of our strong working relationship into a strategic alliance was the next logical step in our evolution,” says Columbia/Okura president Brian Hutton. “This strategic collaboration allows both companies to provide our mutual customers with premium quality, best of breed equipment, providing truly optimized, integrated line performance with Intelligent Self-Pacing software communications.”

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 Columbia/Okura and Fischbein equipment.

Columbia/Okura LLC designs, integrates, and commissions end of line robotic palletizing solutions for most major industries.  For nearly 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, and medical industries, Columbia/Okura provides a robotic palletizing solution to meet the needs of any application.  For more information, visit

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 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 services in more than 190 countries. Fischbein is a Duravant company a global engineered equipment business with over 100 years of operating history to the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. For more information, visit and

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