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PACK UNLOADING. On the 100-pack/min line, finished blister packs are removed from the blister-sealing machine via a ceiling-mounted robot and are placed in front of sensors for inspection.
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L'Oréal embraces automation for new blister-sealing lines

Multiple robots help pick-and-place blister packs of L’Oréal’s Baby Lips line of lip balms on two lines running 50 and 100 packs/min.
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First foray into robotics yields big benefits for deli meat producer

Deli meat and cheese producer Dietz & Watson installs its first robotic case packer for vacuum-packed deli meat to keep pace with a new 144-pack/min hf/f/s machine.
LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTION. The four robot arms are used to pack cases that vary in size to accommodate volumes from 96 eggs to 1,400 eggs.
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Lightweight robot arms case-pack eggs at 15,000/hr

Italian egg suppler installs four robot arms to case-pack different size cases that accommodate volumes from 96 eggs to 1,400 eggs, eliminating labor-related issues and improving its operational efficiency.
FAST PACKING. Three vision-guided high-speed Delta robots at Swizzels pick-and-place bags of Squashies candy into display cases at speeds to 360/min.
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Says Love Hearts confectioner to robot: 'U Rock'

U.K. candy company Swizzels installs pick-and-place robots to load its new Squashies range into display cases, boosting output by 20% versus the former drop-load system.
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Adoption of robots picks up speed

As sales of robotics in North America grow at record speeds, these four CPG companies reap the labor, cost, productivity, and quality benefits of implementing robots in their operations.
New look for Suneva Medical's Regenica skin care packaging
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New look for Suneva Medical's Regenica skin care packaging

Rebranded line aims to help physicians attract patients to the power of growth factors as part of skin care regimen.
CRISP PRINTING. The fully digital printer runs at speeds to 800/min and delivers clean, crisp printing.
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Digital printing benefits pharmaceutical ampule labels

German pharmaceutical manufacturer discovers that digital printing of pressure-sensitive labels that go on ampules is a vast improvement over hot-foil printing.
A packing workstation at the Stanley Black & Decker DC in Tessenderlo, Belgium.The sensor-controlled silo is filled with the air cushions.
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Air cushion dispenser helps DC meet targets

New air-cushion void fill machines allow Stanley Black & Decker to package more than 16,000 shipments per day for retail stores and regional DCs.
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Bulk bag fillers increase speed 15X

The installation of three gain-in-weight bulk bag filling systems for peanut producer Golden Grove significantly increases packaging speed and improves accuracy by 400%.
QUALITY INSPECTION. An inspection system immediately following the monobloc rinser/filler/capper on Line 9 (left) inspects the package fill level and cap placement. The same system is also used on Lines 8 and 10.
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Diageo invests $120M in three new bottling lines

Diageo expands its Plainfield, IL, bottling facility with three new high-speed lines, including a 300-bpm glass bottle line and a 260-bpm filling line for PET flasks.
VARNISHED RAVEN. Gloss varnish over the raven image creates contrast against the matte background.
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Hands-on wine packaging

Label redesign helps Minnesota winery gain better brand recognition.
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MAP meat line is fast and flexible

When this large meat processor in southwest Germany needed more capacity, management relied heavily on two key OEM partners for a tightly integrated solution.
SMALL FOOTPRINT. The compact oxygen scavenger packet insertion system fits easily into Augason’s existing packaging space without the need for any major packaging line reconfigurations
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Automated oxygen absorber insertion

New system nearly doubles packaging line output rates versus previously used manual operations.
INDUSTRIAL POUCH. Ecolab’s new pouch is a 6-mil coextrusion that offers users a safe, tight, collapsible pack for liquid industrial products.
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Award-winning pouch excels for Ecolab

Coextruded pouch structure replaces laminated version, yielding multiple benefits for this provider of water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services.
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A Coca-Cola milestone

Looking back over the last 20 years worth of stories we’ve published, one can’t help but be struck by how many of those stories are about something that the Coca-Cola Co. did.
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Better nut butter quality

At its state-of-the-art, 40,000-sq-ft facility in Nunda, NY, Once Again Nut Butter Collective, Inc. produces more than 60 different organic products—from almond and cashew butters to clover and wildflower honeys.

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