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Hot-fill capper

The Model Y221 capping machine from Alcoa Closure Systems (Indianapolis, IN) is a high-speed, hot-fill plastic closure applicator. Suitable for products bottled in steam-filled, high temperature conditions, such as juice.
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Luster straightens out freshness problems

This haircare producer begins filling creme relaxer into nestable yogurt-style cups with freshness seals. The switch from traditional jars not only keeps the product fresh, it aids in product display as well.
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Automation times six at Apotex

Controls Product Brief
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Multifunction controller

The Model OI100 from Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH) combines a PLC, programmable limit switch, data entry keyboard and message center into one controller.
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Neck band quenches thirst for savings

A heat-shrinkable polyvinyl chloride neck band, used by New Orleans, La.-based Sirocco Enterprises to package Pat O'Brien's(TM) cocktail drink mixes, has reduced material costs and increased sales.
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Squeezing out productivity

An adjustable guiderail system allows juice producer Hansen's Juices to maximize output, minimize downtime. Sizing up and down lets line focus on "just-in-time" technology.
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Coca-Cola's efficiency soars with ultrasonics

Ultrasonic proximity and motion control sensors improve efficiency and reduce downtime at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated's Mobile, AL plant.
Controls Product Brief
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Quick-change bottle feeder

The FL-200 linear bottle feeder from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) can handle large bottles up to 2L. Takes bottles from an elevating supply hopper and unscrambles them for downstream filling, capping and labeling.
Schering-Plough got into pressure-sensitive labeling in a big way when it brought suncare product labeling in-house. Rotary p-s
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Coppertone's new label is a clear winner

Schering-Plough decided to bring in-house new p-s labeling of its suncare products. Along with special labels, the company needed labeling equipment-and also machine vision and ink-jet printing.
Cases of aerosol products are conveyed to the labeler (top) where bar-coded labels are printed then applied using the tamp-blow
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Is bar-coding a valuable customer service?

When customers asked for bar codes to help control inventory,Sherwin-Williams got the message. It implemented a custom print/apply bar code labeling system.

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