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New line boasts new sterilizing technology

Adelholzener of Germany is leading the charge when it comes to popularizing one-way plastic beverage bottles in a region that has long resisted this package format.
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Fabri-Kal customers use labeled clamshells to pack a variety of produce, including blueberries and cherry tomatoes.
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Labeler proves 'berry, berry' good for Fabri-Kal

A new clamshell labeling system increases speed while reducing labor costs and downtime at the Greenville, SC, plant of thermoformer Fabri-Kal.
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way (sidebar)

Bigger containers, shorter line
Lengthy line starts with robotic depalletizing where the bagged jugs are picked and placed onto an infeed table for automatic de
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way

Nature’s Way Purewater fills 180 1-gal containers/min and packs them into 3-count cases at a rate of 60 cases/min. New $4 million, 2000’-long line includes a case packer that accepts 2.5-gal containers, too. See in-plant video
The system shown here includes a robotic positioner that picks a bundle of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cut
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Machinery brings the future to Latrobe

The front end of this glass line for 12-oz Rolling Rock beer is practically an operator-free zone. Laser-guided vehicles replenish packaging materials on demand. See in-plant video
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Three legs are better than one

Glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer run through paired fillers at 1길/min and then fan out to any one of three packaging legs. Eight operators ‘patrol’ the entire line. See in-plant video
A new tray stacker is part of Furman's $3.5 million renovation made to three packaging lines. The system stacks five trays in tw
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Furman polishes up brightstock packing

Furman Foods increases output with a new depalletizer, tray packer, tray stacker, film wrapper, and shrink tunnel. Conveyors assist flow control to keep things running smoothly. See in-plant video
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Furman polishes up brightstock packing (sidebar)

Faster changeovers
Alot number has been ink-jet printed to a case of shortening via a new printing unit that increases code legibility and programm
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Packager says out with the old, in with the new

Company replaces ink-jet coding system to enhance printer flexibility and the legibility of its code, saving time and money.
Books enter the case packing line on an infeed conveyor and are then stacked for case packing in a down-stacking chamber.
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Textbook publisher moves to automation

By automating case packing and palletizing, this not-for-profit book publisher saves thousands of volunteer hours annually.
New printed shrink film unsupported bundles (left) offers the company new merchandising possibilities, while the tray overwrap s
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Single line pours out many SKUs with new options

One packaging line plus 10 different containers equals 60 SKUs, thanks to new end-of-the-line bundling and tray-pack equipment and film.
Bottles are removed from reshippers by a continuous-motion rotary-style uncaser (left).
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Bacardi moves to modernization

A revamp of Line One is just part of a plant-wide move to upgrade, automate, and modernize Bacardi’s Jacksonville, FL, plant. See in-plant video
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Bacardi moves to modernization (sidebar)

Uncaser, case packer like twins
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Two-line strategy copes with growth

Two new lines at U.K. contract packager Axxis Intl. both rely on puck systems to handle personal care products. One line is tailored for long runs, the other for quick-change versatility. See in-plant video
The kit form of the In Charge monitoring system for diabetics contains components including the test strips in moisture-absorbin
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Desiccant caps are 'dried and true'

An in-cap desiccant protects sensitive test strips from LXN Corp. used by diabetics, and the vial provides a UV light barrier. This cost-effective method is transparent to consumers.

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