Machine attributes

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.
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Pallet stretch wrapper

The EZ-Duz-It® Powered Plus is a low-cost, variable-speed pallet stretch wrap machine from Infra Pak (Farmers Branch, TX). Features positive alignment and corner compensation.
Corrugated shippers were redesigned with an interlocking graphic effect to give Sutter Home a more appealing in-store presence
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Sutter Home bottle breaks new ground

Commonly used for wide-mouth jars and narrow-neck beers, bottles made with press-and-blow technology haven't been available to wineries--until now. Eye-catching labels complete this package upgrade.
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Case sealer

3M Masking and Packaging Systems Div. (St. Paul, MN) has developed a large-sized case sealer specifically for the large appliance and furniture industries.
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Case packer

Sabel Eng. (Sonoma, CA) has developed a fully automatic bottom-loading case packer that reaches speeds to 15 cases/min. The SE-15 can be adjusted to run several product sizes.
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Pocket unscrambler

Omega Design's (Exton, PA) Model ERP is an economical rotary pocket unscrambler that handles an array of container shapes and sizes at speeds to 250 containers/min.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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.
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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