Metal detectors

Gorton's of Gloucester operated with an HACCP program 20 years before it was required, and its packaging has several control poi
Feature Article

Something fishy about HACCP

FDA and USDA plan to re-examine seafood and meat inspection programs, and to consider possible tightening of regulations.
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Romance Foods produces filled and unfilled cooked pasta and sauces (above). Packaged pasta goes through a microwave/convection p
Package Case Study

Fresh pasta maker romances long shelf life

Romance Foods pasteurizes its cooked, packaged pastas using a combination microwave/convection oven to achieve 75-day refrigerated shelf life.
Machine Case Study

Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield (sidebar)

Cartoner delivers downstream
Machine Product Brief

Loma Systems: Metal detector

New, high-speed processing software is incorporated into Loma’s (Carol Stream, IL) IQ2 metal detector. The software generates higher levels of sensitivity to metal contamination while eliminating outside interference, such as RF, vibration and voltage spikes.
Totes in tall (above right) and medium (above and right) heights are filled with prepackaged auto supplies at the Pep Boys' Ches
Feature Article

HDPE totes fit Pep Boys

Reusable HDPE totes in two heights with one footprint improve cube efficiency on pallets and lower damage at a Pep Boys distribution center.
Moving spouts (inset) travel with the bags as they fill three bags simultaneously. The entire packaging line (above) is controll
Feature Article

Controls push speed limit

U.S. Sugar fills two 5-lb bags/sec with better than ±0.1% accuracy thanks to a state-of-the-art sugar-filling line powered by the latest in servo drive, PLC and networking technology.
Materials Product Brief

Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc: Metal detectors for bulk products

The Powerphase BP metal detectors from Safeline (Tampa, FL) find tramp metal in bulk products. The Pipeline model is used for liquids and gels, and the Gravity Feed model is used for granular products.
Cases are formed into rows (top) on a slider plate that moves a layer of cases (above) onto the stretch wrapper part of the pall
Feature Article

Dow Corning sings praises of palletizer/stretch wrapper combo

Combo systems at the end of three silicone sealant cartridge packaging lines save space, money and materials at the company's Elizabethtown, KY, facility.
After cups are filled, they index to a station where plastic lidding is heat-sealed to the containers (right), before an overcap
Feature Article

Renovation reaps rewards for yogurt maker

New cup filling, accumulating, coding, cartoning and case packing equipment help Stonyfield Farm double yogurt capacity at its Londonderry, NH, headquarters facility.
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Stonyfield Farm blends environmental/economic goals

New multipack packaging for kids' yogurt exemplifies Stonyfield Farm's dual commitment to the environment and to its bottom line.


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