Controls Product Brief

Convenience Food Systems: Convenience Food Systems: Versatile food packager

The Tiromat Powerpak from Convenience Food Systems (Avon, MA) makes standard flexible vacuum packages, rigid conventional gas-flushed packages and skin packs.
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The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
Machine Product Brief

BluePrint Automation: Collation system

The Smart-Track high-speed collation system from BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) is designed to group individual packages, present the group to the pick-up station of a robot and allow dwell time for the pickup.
New packs of Heath?s bird suet (above) offer consumers easy opening. At retail, they can stand on the shelf, offer appealing gra
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Flexible materials earn Green Globe Award

Heath Manufacturing wins a Green Globe Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn. for a bird suet cake package that uses less material than its predecessor. New equipment increases productivity while saving labor costs.
Bueno Foods wanted eye-popping graphics and ease of use. They found it by replacing paper;board sleeves with a shrink bag
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Shrink bags add spice to enchilada packaging

Enchilada maker Bueno Foods uses a shrink-bag over a tray to pack and merchandise frozen enchiladas. Customers like the microwavability, Bueno likes the ease of use and strong graphics.

Packaging for a creamy candy

Nabisco of Parsippany, NJ, recent-ly introduced Lifesavers Creme Savers®, which it calls "the first dairy-based hard candy from Lifesavers that blends real cream with classic flavors." Nabisco marketers wanted to make sure that graphics on the roll candy's overwrap had a "creamy," three-dimensional quality that would make the candy stand out on the package.
An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
Machine Product Brief

Norwood Marking Systems: Continuous-motion stamper

Clear imprints in a continuous-motion application are now possible with CodeRunner from Norwood Marking (Downers Grove, IL). Designed for easy mounting to form/fill/seal lines and overwrappers and labelers, the system produces nonsmearing imprints of lot numbers, pull dates, pricing and other information at up to 250 cycles/min at speeds to 1귔"/min.
New for the Jobe?s line of outdoor fertilizer spikes this year are stand-up plastic pouches (below) that resist water when dis
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Plastic packs let Jobe's grow outdoors

Easy Gardener introduces a stand-up pouch and overwrapped "cookie pack" for its outdoor plant, tree and garden fertilizers. Replacing paperboard cartons, the plastic packs withstand moisture in flourishing outdoor lawn-and-garden centers.
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Flexo savings are in the bag

Bake-Line Products lowers print and package development costs while shortening lead times by switching from gravure-printed pre-made bags to flexo-printed rollstock.


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