Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.
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Materials Product Brief

Lotion pump

The SAR SGS high-output lotion pump from SeaquistPerfect Dispensing (Cary, IL) is now available. The actuator locks in the upright position, thereby eliminating the possibility of product waste associated with down-locking pumps.
On its new cast (left) and blown lines, film maker Woodland Poly expects to produce 18 million lb of polyethylene-based stretch
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Woodland Poly casts for western film business

Cast and blown film-making equipment, using metallocene resins, enable Woodland Poly to produce rugged stretch-wrap film in thin gauges for its customers in the west.
Materials Product Brief

Lotion container

The Oval Modified Eurotube, a high-gloss HDPE container for lotions and cremes, has been developed by W. Braun (Chicago, IL). The container is 115 mL (3.88 oz) with a 22/400 finish.
When a machine is down, like this capper, components that are in fault change from green to red and a detailed error message ap
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A window into the packaging line

Amway's graphical human-machine interface for an entire packaging line reduces troubleshooting time by 75%.
The control cabinet for Line 2 that houses the main PLC would be considerably more complicated without a network, requiring at l
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Packaging machines speak up

Amway squeezes more efficiency out of a personal care packaging line by allowing packaging machines to communicate with one another over a PLC network. Benefits include tighter line integration, faster troubleshooting and reduced wiring costs.
Materials Product Brief

Measuring guide

A free glue line measuring guide is available from National Starch and Chemical (Edison, NJ). The pocket-size guide enables corrugated box makers to ensure that their glue lines are precise from 0.040" to 0.110", in 0.010" increments.
Controls Product Brief

Rockwell Automation: Rockwell Automation: Indexing servo drives

Rockwell Automation/Electro-Craft (Eden Prairie, MN) has added indexing functionality to its BRU-Series Advantage Line family of digital servo drives.

Label livens line of indoor tanning products

Redesigned packaging played a key role in taking the Black Gold line of indoor tanning products from limited distribution in the Midwest to national and even international distribution.
Trays loaded with Keebler?s chocolate chip cookies are conveyed through the metal detector and onto the platform of the checkwei
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Combo checkweigher/metal detectors save space for Keebler

Compact and highly accurate, combo checkweighers and metal detectors at Keebler's Macon, GA, bakery are meeting special needs.


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