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Round belt guides

The Ezy Crown® line of round belt guides from Fenner Drives (Wilmington, NC) provide an economical solution to belt align- ment problems on round belt conveyors.
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All fit for shipping

Gym equipment manufacturer Allfitness switches from kraft paper to LDPE-based foam for shipping its products to retailers worldwide. Benefits include fewer returns and an enhanced perceived value.
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Economical molded pulp manufacturing

Molded Pulp Products produces Peerless trays at its 120ꯠ-sq-ft plant in Cincinnati. Post-consumer newspapers are mixed with water within a hydropulper from Emery Intl.
An articulating swing arm on Heinz?s print-and-apply labeler applies two labels, with     identical information, first to one si
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Print-and-apply labeling lightens Heinz's load

Heinz Pet Products adds a print-and-apply labeling system that applies a label to two adjacent pallet sides. System replaces manual labeling, saving $100ꯠ/yr in labor costs.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
After discharging from the liquid nitrogen chiller, deodorant containers index to this capper for application of polypropylene c
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Deodorant sticks chill big time in small space

Tom's of Maine doubles its production of stick deodorants by adding an in-line chiller that uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the hot-filled product.
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New charm for cereal cartons

Minneapolis, MN-based General Mills Co. hopes an innovative color coating process will shed a new hue on the old subject of back panels of cereal cartons.
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Pick-and-place robot

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) has developed an alternative to traditional pick-and-place systems that uses a two-track rail system instead of a conventional robotic arm.
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Case tapers

Two semi-automatic case tapers from Central Products (Menasha, WI) are suited for oversized packages of unlimited length. The CP-633 seals packages 30" x 30" in height and width, and the CP-644 seals packages 40" x 40".
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Robotic Visions Systems, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) has completed the transaction with I.D. Matrix, Inc. (Clearwater, FL), where RVSI will acquire all of I.D.
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
Prior to picking, blister packs travel through a long infeed section (above) and transfer to a white-ribbed flighted indexing be
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Getting a grip on automation

Custom robotic collator/tray loader permits Berlex Laboratories to pack featherweight, difficult-to-handle blister packs in two configurations at up to 300/min.
In additional to single cartons, PFI produces overwrapped multipacks consisting of two to six cartons. The cartoner will also i
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Targeting a convertible cartoner

Private label OTC drug maker adds a cartoner designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, handling both glue and tuck-style cartons.
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Noncontact sensors

Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH) has introduced the Super-prox® Model SM506A-400 (cable style) and SM556A-400 (connector style) ultrasonic, noncontact sensors.
With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
Side by side, the true contour (right) has a convex label panel that requires a shrinkable label. The straight-wall contour (le
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape

Coca-Cola's 'true contour' PET bottle is a big success in several parts of Mexico. Promotora blow-molding plant decorates with a shrink label of OPP applied with glue.
After filling, printed rollstock is perforated, cut and guided over the container before it enters the shrink tunnel. Perfecting
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Shaping new markets

Cacique pushes for mainstream acceptance of drinkable yogurt with a striking container design and vibrant full-body shrink label graphics.
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Digital servo drive

Indramat (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the DKR digital AC servo drive for multi-axis converting applications that require both high power and high accuracy, such as unwinding/rewinding, rotary die cutting and flexographic printing.

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