Machine attributes

State?s newest sealer is used on a multipurpose packaging line that runs sizes from 1-oz sampler bottles up to the 16-oz bottle
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How State Chemical cleans up

Cleveland-based chemical packer modernizes its filling lines with induction sealing, and with a computer program that helps put customer service first.
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Proximity sensor

The 976 two-wire, stainless-steel proximity sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) is suitable for sensing needs in harsh environments, including factory automation, machine tools, transfer lines, food processing equipment, parts positioning and presence/absence.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
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Vertical cartoner

The Triangle/Yeaman vertical cartoner from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) has a positive in-line drive chain protected by torque-guard clutches, a rotary drive carton feed and quick-change pockets.
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Bag labeler

Labelette's (Forest Park, IL) new bag labeling systems are built for in-line applications. Can reduce floorspace requirements and can be customized to meet those requirements should they change.
Two picking arms, each equipped with seven vacuum cups, rotate to pick carton blanks from the magazine feed and place them in
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Equipment made for the shade

Rising demand for its Sun-Gard solar control window film made this Florida firm take a hard look at its packaging operation. Custom-built cartoning and case packing equipment was the answer.
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Transpack 95 packs a punch (sidebar)

Does Rule 180 affect small parcel shipping?
Improvements in materials and machines helped Kraft Canada reduce leakers on zippered cheese packs
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Team effort builds a better zipper

Continuous Improvement Teams at Kraft Canada wouldn't rest until the leaker rate on the firm's zippered reclosable cheese packs was firmly under control.
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Servo-driven cartoner

Formula IMC/S multi-packing cartoner from Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) is the first intermittent-motion, multi-axis cartoner to have independent servo drives performing all major functions, says the manufacturer.
Flat blanks fed from a magazine are pressed around a forming mandrel to produce the desired oval shape
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Obie's oval

This cookie mix marketer needed a paperboard container with a small footprint yet all the shelf impact of a round canister. An unusual oval was the answer.
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) S-Series semi-automatic stretch wrapping system wraps tall, light, unstable or heavy loads at speeds to 35 loads/hr.
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Pallet stretch wrapper

The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
The tear strip is pulled open (left) to expose the reclosable zipper. Also visible is thepressure-sensitive label that?s manuall
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Golden Stream adds 'zip' to its bags

To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
Pouches exit the rotary filling turret and are drawn through a top-sealing device
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Pouch production soars at Goya division

A continuous-motion pouch-packaging operation at Packaging Ltd. is nearly 200% faster and 70% more accurate than the intermittent-motion system it replaced.
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Robot system

CRS Robotics (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) offers its class of gantry robots for high-precision applications. Employs calibrated welded-frame structures, precision ball screw drives, and digital optical encoders to achieve accuracies of at least 0.005" and repeatability up to 0.001" over a 20ꯠ-cubic-inch working area, or 36" x 42" x 12".
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Flowrapper

Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) and Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) will merge to create a new manufacturer of machine vision systems.

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