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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Tray-packing and shrink wrapping 1-5-L bottles
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Tray-packing and shrink wrapping 1-5-L bottles

The 1.5-L bottles of water are shown being collated into 12-count groups and loaded into corrugated trays that then run through a shrink tunnel.
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Laser coding PET bottles
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Laser coding PET bottles

A Industrial Dynamics Lasetec laser coder codes onto the shoulder of each PET bottle is a date code.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water

A low-level palletizer loads tray packs onto a sweep platform that delivers full layers onto the pallet.
The first robotic loader (top right) for workplace water bottles was installed at Neverfail's Thornleigh plant.
Machine Case Study
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U.S. technology upgrades Australian water bottler

A 66% increase in productivity and a threefold boost in output accompany the installation of automated workplace water-bottle filling and handling.
Global Beverage Systems: Empty bottle handling on bottled water line
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Global Beverage Systems: Empty bottle handling on bottled water line

On this new bottled water filling line, bulk bottles are depalletized by a Sig Simonazzi high-level depalletizer and then single-filed for delivery to the air conveying system from Descon Conveyor Systems and Consultants.
Global Beverage Systems: Tray packing for bottled water line
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Global Beverage Systems: Tray packing for bottled water line

On this bottled water line, following automatic lane dividers, bottles are collated and tray packed on equipment from Vantage Pak. Pressure-sensitive print-and-apply labelers from Loveshaw apply product ID and date code to each side of the tray before it enters an Arpac shrink wrapper. Then an incline conveyor takes finished trays to a remote palletizer.
Global Beverage Systems: Hydraulic pallet lift
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Global Beverage Systems: Hydraulic pallet lift

At the end of this bottled water line, a hydraulic device lifts pallets to the level of the warehouse floor.
Global Beverage Systems: Capping for bottled water line
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Global Beverage Systems: Capping for bottled water line

The capper on this bottled water line was supplied by Fowler Products, and came with three sets of chucks so that bottles with 28-, 33-, or 43-mm neck finishes can be run on the line.
Feature Article
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Poland Spring promotes 'wall-to-wall' training

Management says training costs are justified by increased equipment efficiency that boosts output and by developing and retaining skilled employees.
Global Beverage Systems: 128-valve counter-pressure filling for bottled water
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Global Beverage Systems: 128-valve counter-pressure filling for bottled water

On this new bottled water filling line, the 128-valve counter-pressure filler from Sig Simonazzi is among the largest of its kind.

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