Unscramblers

Amodular mold insert system makes it possible to blow mold a variety of bottle sizes without paying high mold costs for each siz
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Honey shows off in clear PET

Burleson overcomes technical and cost hurdles to become one of the first honey marketers to use PET containers. Now in development is a PET jar for foodservice holding 5 lb of honey.
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Hoppmann Corp.: Flexible feeder

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.
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Elf Machinery: Unscramblers

ELF Machinery (La Porte, IN) introduces its M- and B-series of unscramblers. Stainless-steel framework and safety guarding are said to meet the most stringent standards.
After PET preforms are unscrambled and oriented by an overhead device, they?re sent down this track into a wheel that inverts t
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Integrated manufacturing is the island way

Management at this start-up water marketer decides that the only way to assure bottle availability and top quality is to blow its own PET bottles in-line with its brand new filling line.
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AET Films unveils10-meter-wide line

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.
New computer hardware and software helps Pharmacia & Upjohn coordinate product changeovers. This screen illustrates some of the
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Small changes deliver big-time for Pharmacia & Upjohn

Pharmaceutical firm saves $650ꯠ/yr at its Kalamazoo, MI, packaging facility by implementing simple, yet cost-effective quick-changeover procedures on 30 packaging lines.
Parts room manager Jim Ryder uses a parts pick list to gather a starwheel for a rotary labeler for a Line 24 changeover
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Small changes deliver big-time for Pharmacia & Upjohn

Parts organization speeds changeovers
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Future shock

Leading packagers chart a course into the 21st century of packaging technology.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
In the final station of the intermittent-motion capper (far left), a load cell senses if torque is too low so that the bottle ca
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Torpharm aims to lead in generic drugs

Apotex creates an entirely new division to pack generic drugs for the U.S. The new facility's first packaging line is a model of efficiency and sanitation.

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