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Cartoning & Boxes

12 bottles are gripped mechanically by their necks and rotated 180?
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Blow molder's bottle handling goes turnkey

As more distillery customers wanted bottles packed in reshippers, Captive Plastics installed a turnkey system that erects cases, loads partitions, and inverts freshly blown bottles.
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Dream Stream comes to the U.S. (sidebar)

Foam barrier tray, too
One of Calhoun's new vf/f/s lines automates packaging from roll stock to manual case packing. Some examples of Calhoun Bend Mill
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology

Beginning a decade ago, Calhoun Bend Mill started with simple packaging equipment, went through a rebuild upgrade and now has two new vf/f/s machines for bags of its food mixes.
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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs (sidebar)

Reiser helps distribute packaging solutions
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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs

Manufacturer relies on modified atmosphere packaging for its line of convenience store sandwiches.
Robotic pick-and-place tool (top) loads eight trays at a time into carrier plates that deliver the trays to the evacuation/backf
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days (sidebar)

Robotics to the rescue
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
A maintenance worker places the new Smart Sac Stand-up Pouch inside the Smart Box containing unit for proportioning and dispensi
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Company gets 'smart' with flexibles

A specially designed stand-up pouch helps this manufacturer of cleaning chemicals provide consumers with greater convenience and efficiency.
A 10-bucket combination scale feeds a steady supply of sweetened dried cranberries to each waiting case (inset).
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Bulk-packed Craisins pick up the pace

As demand for its sweetened dried cranberries in 10- and 25-lb boxes continued to increase, Ocean Spray responded with a brand new bag-in-box line.
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.
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.

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