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The new vf/f/s systems at ConAgra Foods can produce either pillow-style packs or four-corner-sealed stand-up bags like these.
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New bagger's a boon to ConAgra

New four-corner-sealed vf/f/s bagger with transverse zipper technology offers dependability as well as materials savings for major international food manufacturer.
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Bru's big on blue PET

Recognizing that an established brand lives or dies partly on the strength of its packaging, marketers at Bru S.A. were downright picky about which PET resin to use when they introduced 50-cL (16.9-oz) bottles of natural sparkling mineral water last May.
Near the end of the line, hot melt ink-jet coding marks each case with lot and date code information.
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New equipment fuels winery's growth

This Napa winery knows that only by investing in new packaging machinery can it become the outsourcing solutions leader in the global wine industry.See in-plant video
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Top honors for package design

Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) was recently honored as the only winning package design entry in the electronics category for its strategic work on Intuit’s QuickBooks-brand software by the London International Advertising Awards committee.
The cases are tilted for two-up loading (above) to keep the cartons forward so that a vertical divider can be inserted by the ro
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Robots sweeten case packing efficiency

On two lines, Gray & Co. uses a robotic case loader positioned between an automatic case former and an automatic sealer to pack cartons into cases at rates up to 90 cartons/min.See in-plant video
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Face lift proves golden for ale

Widmer Brothers, Portland, OR, brewery and distributor, returned to Hornall Anderson Design Works (Seattle, WA) to help redesign/ reposition one of its more popular Pale Ale labels.
Leonard Cole (above left), North York plant manager, and Nick Boragina, Concord plant manager, display cartons of IQF product at
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See Janes run

New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency and lowers labor and material costs for two Janes Family Foods plants in Canada.See in-plant video
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Very merry graphic design

Just in time for the holiday season, Smith’s Dairy is releasing Moovers Premium eggnog decorated with three of Santa Claus’ elves.
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Sensitivity--and an icon

There has been a little packaging flap around one of the images that is used on the paper wrappers for Tootsie Pops, the long-standing confection produced by Tootsie Roll Industries, headquartered in Chicago.Arnie3.jpg
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Printing pays back Duckback

Flat-case printer earns eight-month payback for Duckback Products, a maker of stains, coatings, and cleaners for external wood and concrete surfaces.
Miracle Sealant's new home-improvement retail products come in this two-layer teal-pigmented bottle with a sleeve label.
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Home Depot customers receive a Miracle package

Primarily an institutional supplier, Miracle Sealants opens up new retail business thanks to new fluorinated bottles and sleeve labels.
Gatorade Kids Pack uses a colorful six-color printed shrink film for both the front and back panels, including distortion-printi
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Custom line lets Gatorade sprint to market

Effective use of resources gives Gatorade Canada a new product just in time for the summer selling season.
Operating using 4 axes, each robot picks a cordial from the conveyor and places it into the tray at an average rate of 1.5 cordi
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'Cordial' robots hit savings sweet spot

Twenty-four robotic arms place Queen Anne brand cordials at rate of 90/min/arm into six-count plastic trays.See in-plant video
Variable information printed on boxes (top) includes number of pieces in human-readable and bar-code format.
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Fruit-packing line learns to count

Hand-stamping of variable information has been replaced by automatic ink-jet printing. A machine vision system counts fruit pieces and relays totals for each box to the printer.
After folding two side flaps, an operator inserts the sensor product (above) between the package's corrugated and film material.
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Less time + less labor and materials = savings

Sensor maker Sensotec employs retention packaging that saves in labor and material costs, while delivering consistent protection.
The 24-valve filler (above) is enclosed in a chamber where overpressured sterile air keeps contamination out.
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Montaqua makes its move

This Montana water plant is poised to make a splash. A new line for PET bottles paves the way for much broader distribution.

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