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As cartons are lifted up into the corrugated case, a loading tube  keeps carton edges from catching on the edges of the case,  t
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Tasty Baking takes a bite of automation

Automated packaging lines have transformed the sixth floor at thelegendary Philadelphia bakery. Flowrappers, cartoners and case packers take center stage in the new lines.
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Formed beef patties are automatically dropped into formed trays by a retractable conveyor system
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Migros 'MAPS' out a meat strategy

The Migros chain of supermarkets in Switzerland relies on barrier materials and centralized, modified-atmosphere packaging for its case-ready fresh ground beef.
Jeff Coppola, vice president of logistics at ASR (above), inspects packages of razors as they come off the line. ASR packages o
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Valuable relationship shaves time

By having one dedicated flexible packaging vendor, American Safety Razor has slashed order lead times and improved quality.
The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
Controls Product Brief

GEI Intl. Inc: Flow wrapper

The new Flowtronic 120SF wrapping machine from GEI Intl. (Exton, PA) can produce up to 1ꯠ packs/min. Suitable for the confectionery industry, the machine features an Allen-Bradley PanelView(TM) 600 color display unit for tool-free adjustment of key parameters.
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
Once wrapped and sealed, individual pieces of Creme  Savers are discharged onto a takeaway conveyor
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'Servo-ing' up new generation Lifesavers

High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.

Package permits expanded market reach

New equipment producing a new package means longer shelf life and broader distribution of snack-sized donuts for Carolina Foods.
Machine Product Brief

Domino: Laser for flow wrappers

The Flow Wrap DDC3 digital laser coder creates indelible, crisp dot-matrix codes without burning or puncturing flexible packaging materials. From Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL), the laser coder operates without moving parts or fluids at speeds to 3ꯠ characters/sec.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
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Software helps Hershey slay downtime

Powerful software allows Hershey to automatically gather packaging efficiency data. Local and remote line control and monitoring are added bonuses.


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