Case Studies

Cartoning & Boxes

An eToys operator inspects a boxed order to determine how many air cushions will be necessary to prevent excessive product movem
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment

Air-cushion-making machinery, conveyors, case tapers and printers provide operational efficiency at embattled e-tailer e-Toys’ new distribution facility in Ontario, CA.
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Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion (sidebar)

Tech talk
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Coders save company its sweet time

Just Born’s ink-jet coders print date codes on cartons and trays of candy with minimal changeover time.
Shown above are just a few of the shapes and sizes filled routinely on Kos?'s versatile bottling line.
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Building sales through versatility

Tokyo-based cosmetics giant Kosé installs two modular, quick-change bottling lines versatile enough to handle nearly 100 different bottle shapes and sizes.
Frame-mounted 4-axis robot uses vacuum cups to assemble cases of cartoned milk three at a time.
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'Cool' robot palletizes three-up

A robot at Schroeder Milk palletizes cases from three lines in up to three different configurations at a time using specialized tooling to handle cases, pallets or slipsheets. System replaces manual palletization.
A customized pick-and-place arm places markers into blister cavities on the rotary table of an eight-station heat-sealing machin
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept

In-line marker assembly and packaging, featuring an eight-station automatic heat-sealing unit, helps manufacturer increase production, save labor costs and meet just-in-time needs.
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept (sidebar)

Initiating the ‘cell’ concept
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept (sidebar)

Changeover changes
Romance Foods produces filled and unfilled cooked pasta and sauces (above). Packaged pasta goes through a microwave/convection p
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Fresh pasta maker romances long shelf life

Romance Foods pasteurizes its cooked, packaged pastas using a combination microwave/convection oven to achieve 75-day refrigerated shelf life.
The rotary filler (top) is driven by a motor capable of handling Robson's viscous spun honey. A slight indentation in each bottl
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Robson's assembles a honey of a line

Filling, capping and labeling jars of honey by hand was too slow at this Arizona honey maker, especially with new markets on the horizon. Automated machinery was the answer
The Milwaukee County House of Correction produces meals in reusable trays like these in an unusual wrap and shrink process. The
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Correctional facility bars wasted food, materials

A specially developed film applied to reusable trays on a heat-shrink machine helps the Milwaukee County House of Correction provide inmates with a tamper-evident package that reduces wasted food and packaging materials.
This drawing shows the U-shaped aseptic filling line from beginning to end.
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Aseptic drug filling boasts new type of sterilization

Sterilizing a depyrogenation tunnel by means of vaporized hydrogen peroxide is a first at Organon’s recently installed vial filling line.
The laser scanners "look" through the top of a case of aerosol cans (above). Each of three scan heads has a 120-degree field of
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Integrator specs laser sensor for aerosol can line

Systems integrator adapts special laser to sense defects in cases of aerosol cans for cleaning products maker. Error detection improves to 99%.
The bagged hip stem is twisted into place into an undercut in the inner tray (above). This secures the metal part for distributi
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Redesign puts twist into 'hip' trays

Smith & Nephew’s redesigned packaging for hip stems puts a product-securing twist to PETG trays, while foam inserts also keep the metal product secure.

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