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Design: Sophisticated redesign

Last summer, Geyserville, CA-based Peak Wines Intl., a subsidiary of Jim Beam Brands, redesigned packaging for its Canyon Road line. The redesign, carried out by Michael Osborne Design (San Francisco, CA), combines the qualities of approachability and sophistication in a label created to appeal to young, urban, professional wine drinkers.
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Tubs of salad are conveyed to the multipacker in three lanes (above) where a set of vacuum pick-up heads (left) facilitates prod
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Multipacking shines at Star Foods

Producer of refrigerated salads increases production speeds and reduces material and labor costs by employing an automated packaging system for its multipacks.
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Design: A simply sparkling redesign

For 12 years, Simple Green biodegradable cleansers occupied a bottle shape and design that apperared to be geared to heavy-duty professionals rather than consumers.
The ER63's robotic head moves along three axes of motion to reach high speeds at C-P Europe's Compiegne plant.
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Colgate-Palmolive's robotic solution

Unusual for its ability to integrate three axes of motion, this robotic case packer is flexibile and fast.
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Printing that's best in class

Two stand-up pouches, a shrink-sleeve label, and a retro coffee bag boast printing that wowed FPA judges.
Kevin Colcord, project engineer checks the programming for the PLC that controls the conveyors.
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Engineers display a 'can-do' attitude

To convert its 12-packed cans to a 6x2 configuration took much more than change parts. Coke Consolidated engineers deliver without a major capital investment.
With its unique dispensing feature, the Fridge Pack works well in home refrigerators.
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Consumers drive new 12-pack shape

Last summer, one Coca-Cola canner set out to change the shape of 12-pack paperboard carriers, and Coke Consolidated is now reaping the rewards.
On the infeed to the palletizer (left), the machine vision camera points downward toward the bundled packs (opposite right). The
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A vision for customer satisfaction

Machine vision systems confirm Coca-Cola Femsa’s bottle counts in shrink-wrapped bundles prior to palletizing.
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Ink-jet upgrade for R.J. Reynolds

In a project involving multiple cigarette-making plants, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. of Winston-Salem, NC, recently made a major investment in ink-jet case printers supplied by FoxJet (Arlington, TX).
A finished bottle with aluminum overcap and pressure-sensitive label is shown above.
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'Scaling up' on vaccine filling

Now the world’s fourth largest supplier of poultry vaccines, Lohmann Animal Health maintains its ranking through capital investment. See in-plant video
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Instant changeover with Del Monte's labeling duo (sidebar)

Set-up for Del Monte's dynamic duo
The upstream unit of the two-labeler setup is applying the label (above) to the top of the multipack of canned fruit or vegetabl
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Instant changeover with Del Monte's labeling duo

A pair of interconnected applicators yields automatic label roll changes using labels printed offline just-in-time. See in-plant video
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Miller debuts Skyy Blue 'malternative'

Skyy Blue, a 12-oz malt-based alcoholic beverage, debuts this month in a cobalt blue glass bottle similar to the one that helped make Skyy Vodka a success.
A production time and date code is printed beneath the "3905-6" product code. The code appears in the side gusset area of lawn-a
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Coder grows on lawn-and-garden bagmaker

Exopack’s Tomah, WI, plant adds a thermal-transfer coder to print production dates of lawn-and-garden bags sold to customers such as The Scotts Company.
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Speedy packing service 'Xpress'es itself

When Zebra Pen needs to fill orders for its major retail customers in a hurry, the Edison, NJ-based company often turns to CardPak (Solon, OH) and its XpressCombo service to print the blister cards for its packs of pens, markers, and pencils.
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New friction-top belt conveys success

A new friction-top belt conveyor replaces a belt-on-roller incline conveyor at Miller Brewing’s Irwindale, CA, facility. Less maintenance, no case slippage are the results.

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