Machine attributes

The laser-coded roll of printed material unwinds (from left to right) into the first station within the flow wrapper for sealing
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Chewing up market share

New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
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Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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PMMI to explore packaging trends, solutions

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's (Arlington, VA) second Packaging Productivity Forum, Nov. 6 to 8 at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, will unveil the results of the 1995 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator survey.
After boxes of achitectural hinges (far left) are glued shut, a label is tamped onto the tops. (Left) The final product is label
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Opening doors to bar coding

Door hinge manufacturer Hager Companies swings from a contact roll coder to a high resolution tamp-on label printer/applicator. Results are increased legibility, decreased downtime and the addition of bar codes.
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Erect/pack/seal system

Durable Packaging (Booth 3365) will introduce its Erect/Pack/Seal System with bag-in-box feature. Suitable for packaging of bulk, powdered and medical products.
Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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Semi-automatic debagger

AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI) has introduced a new line of semi-automatic debaggers for emptying plastic bottles from bulk bags. The debagger can debag two bag/ min holding 108 1/2-gal bottles or 48 1-gal bottles.
When the package emerges from the shrink tunnel, the clear glossy film is wrapped tightly around the box to provide a barrier to
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Microsoft says 'No!' to automation

World's largest software producer says "Yes" to more people involvement in packaging its leading software programs. The result is higher productivity and better looking packages.
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Tray packer/shrink system

The Tray Star 30 system from Arpac (Booth 1352) is an integrated system that consists of a mid-speed intermittent-motion wraparound tray packer with a shrink wrapper and tunnel.
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Product metering device

Tisma Machinery (Elk Grove Village, IL) now offers its patented Sequential Transfer(TM) servo-controlled product metering device for use in the pharmaceutical or medical industries.
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Palletizing robots

The newest model in the PR-Series of palletizing robots from Pacific Robotics (San Diego, CA) palletizes four different products from four infeed lines at the same time.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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Case packer with bundle feed

Salwasser's (Reedley, CA) Model M-90F is an automatic case packer with an integral knock-down bundle feed system. Bundles of flat cases are conveyed to the opening station, where cases are opened.
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Open/fill/seal system

The Pouchmaster ABS System(TM) from About Packaging Robotics (Boulder, CO) is a robotic open/fill/seal type pouch handling system that can process flat and reclosable zipper pouches as well as gusseted bags.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Van Dorn Demag Corp. (Strongsville, OH) and Wittman Robot and Auto-mation Systems, Inc. have announced an agreement where Van Dorn will sell its injection-molding equipment and Whitman's robots as a single unit for simplified financing and servicing.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Kawasaki Robotics Inc. will relocate and expand their headquarters to Wixom, MI.
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Booth 2526) Q-Series(TM) Three-Station automatic stretch wrapping system functions as a stand alone or in-line unit. It wraps standard loads up to 54" x 48" x 92" and accepts most commercial films.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.

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