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In this automated bag-inserting machine, nearly 60 devices communicate with their master PLC via a fieldbus instead of through t
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Ocean Spray rides a new bus

On a new Craisins line at Ocean Spray, point-to-point wiring between machine devices and their master PLC has been replaced on some machines by an open fieldbus called AS-i. Installation time is slashed, while in-plant flexibility is maximized.
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Machine Product Brief

Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Weigher/cartoner for pasta

Integrating its Selectacom combination scale with its ProLine vertical cartoner, Triangle (Chicago, IL) has created a line that weighs and packages 8 oz to 32 oz of pasta at speeds to 160 cartons/min.
Planters' "tubed" peanuts are sold at retail in colorful display cartons (above). Photo below left shows the carton infeed stati
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Planters picks a packing line

Consumers are clearly fond of single-serve “tubes” of Planters nuts. An automated packaging line helps keep the nationwide pipeline full.
Phil Arnone (left), maintenance manager at Catania-Spagna, demonstrates how easy it is to gain access to the filler's on-board P
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Filler relies on networked PCs

At Catania-Spagna, a 12-head rotary liquid filler controlled by PCs linked via Arcnet and Ethernet communications protocols allows real-time data acquisition and analysis.
Kirin markets both 500-mL and 1?-L bottles of teas, milk teas and milk coffees, but Nihon Canpack fills only the 500-mL bottles
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Temporary plugs aid aseptic filling

Aseptic filling of PET containers in Japan includes the unusual step of temporarily plugging bottles so that H2O2 sprayed inside will more effectively sterilize bottle interiors.
Frozen chicken wings are fanned out to individual weigh buckets by a dispersal cone (above). Bagged chicken drops out of the vf/
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Packaging of chicken wings takes off

When Canadian poultry producer Olymel automated the packaging of its chicken wings, it was able to redeploy 12 operators formerly required for manual packaging.
Seen in the foreground and background (below left) are unusual blending scale systems that deliver IQF vegetables (such as those
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Contract packager blends vf/f/s systems

Unusual integrated blending scale systems enable a California contract packager to fill as many as nine different individually quick-frozen vegetables into a single bag.
Materials Product Brief

Weighpack Systems Inc: Net weigh filler

WeighPack Paxiom Group (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) has introduced the B-1, a tabletop net-weigh filler designed for filling and weighing bottles, jars and various styles of rigid containers.
Automatic bagger (right) produces finished packs shown below
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Weigher/bagger/labelers shine at Golden Gem

While on-line label printing simplifies inventory, new combination scales and automatic baggers have increased productivity and accuracy for this Florida orange grower.
Controls Product Brief

Serac Inc: Net weigh filler

Serac (Carol Stream, IL) has released a color brochure featuring its Electronic Net Weigh Filler technologies. The brochure describes the filling, weighing, capping and operator interface capabilities, plus special features and options like the pressurized tank, tilted device for angle-neck containers and no-tool changeover.


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