As Glaxo Wellcome's Zebulon, NC, facility packs a wider variety of pharmaceuticals, quick-changeover equipment becomes top priority. Software developed in-house helps the plant reduce changeover times on its solid-dose packaging lines.
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Canadian dairy products marketer Natrel is the first North American user of an ultra-high-temperature processing/aseptic filling line. The process permits Natrel to launch single-serve milks and shakes with a 90-day refrigerated shelf life.
Model 21 Carton Stand-up Device from Garvey (Blue Anchor, NJ) continuously reorients cartons or cases exiting a horizontal cartoner. Offering completely variable speed, it runs from 20- to 300-plus cartons/min.
Auto Labe's (Fort Pierce, FL) Model 620 p-s labeler can be configured to place labels on containers 1" to 6" in diameter or to partially wrap labels around square or rectangular containers at speeds to 150 ppm.
Hoppmann's (Chantilly, VA) FC-2500 flexible feeder can be operated in either intermittent or pick-on-the-fly modes. Two-piece modular changeover switches system from randomly dispersing to partially orienting parts.
In March, AET Films' Terre Haute, IN, plant started production on Tenter III, a 10-meter-wide cast film extrusion line that's capable of producing 50 million lb/yr of 10-m-wide, biaxially oriented polypropylene film.