Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
Indramat's (Hoffman Estates, IL) new Sercos fiber-optic interface version of the Ecodrive digital servo drive economically integrates motion control functions, amplifier, power supply and axis I/O functions in a single unit.
Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.
Almost any way you measure packaging line changeover, the answers from Packaging World readers vary widely. The major agreement is that more changes are being demanded-and less time is available for doing them. However, the strategies for hastening change