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Solutions 2000: world's largest packaging conference

PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
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In this automated bag-inserting machine, nearly 60 devices communicate with their master PLC via a fieldbus instead of through t
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Ocean Spray rides a new bus

On a new Craisins line at Ocean Spray, point-to-point wiring between machine devices and their master PLC has been replaced on some machines by an open fieldbus called AS-i. Installation time is slashed, while in-plant flexibility is maximized.
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Ocean Spray rides a new bus (sidebar)

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Purchasing moves 'slow speed ahead'

Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage markets will drive packaging machinery spending this year, says a PMMI study. U.S. domestic equipment sales are expected to rise 2% to 3% in 2000 to $4.9 billion.
This new shrink wrapping line, purchased at Pack Expo in '98, has allowed Axxess Technologies to increase its speed from 30 pack
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Putting a wrap on enhanced productivity

A new shrink wrapping system has doubled packaging speed and cut downtime in half at this Arizona maker of adhesive lettering.
On the FBM 20 hf/f/s pouch machine, printed film is side-sealed (below left) as it indexes from left to right. In the "duplex" m
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Pouch machinery fills versatility needs

Hf/f/s pouch equipment reduces material waste and ups speed for California Redi-Date. The contract packager plans to employ a similar machine to add versatility.
Crown Candy's new horizontal flow wrapper seals large, flat-bottomed bon bons with a seam on the bottom.
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Crown Candy receives royal wrapper

Candy maker purchases new horizontal flow wrapper for wrapping large, coconut bon bons. The PC-controlled machine reduces changeover, increases line speeds and simplifies the packaging process.
Consultant Terry Barclay (second from right) is shown here with a group of POP trainees before the larger-than-life statue of Mr
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Planters operators opt for POP

Planters’ Operators Program, or POP, is proving to be a popular training program at the firm’s Fort Smith, AR, plant. Both training modules lead to state certification in operations.
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Packagers eager for more training (sidebar)

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Packagers eager for more training (sidebar)

Factors important to effective training
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Plant personnel decry lack of training

Although most participants in this summer’s training survey (see p. 116) had management roles, the same recognition of training also comes from the plant floor.
Photo (above) shows Nick Marinaro (at right) running through a training session on a labeler with mechanic Ramon Pichardo. Photo
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Training combined with incentives

Training is serious business at Rexall Sundown. A new manager is responsible for training packaging mechanics, and a seven-tiered curriculum for training machine operators debuts in January.
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Training combined with incentives (sidebar)

Training courses defined
Student internships can be used to help train potential employees, as in this Kraft packaging laboratory.
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How OEMs can improve training

Respondents to Packaging World’s online training survey have a long list of changes they’d like equipment builders to make in their training programs.
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Ergonomics: the next machine feature?

OSHA’s ergonomic proposal could be good for end users and for machinery builders. Just don’t say that to Anheuser-Busch!

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