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Snapple continues innovative packaging tradition

Snapple's new beverage line seems to have all the "elements" of effective packaging: an eye-catching glass bottle, a sophisticated label with deep, blazing color and even a surprise graphic element on the label that is revealed only when the bottle is empty.
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Marc Anderson, vp of manufacturing (far left) and Dick Wendroth, plant engineer, stand beside one of three new print-and-apply l
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Print-and-apply applies to carton converter

Automated print-and-apply labeling replaces manual case labeling and eliminates inventorying preprinted label stock. Combined labor and material savings top $100ꯠ/yr for folding carton converter Walter G. Anderson, Inc.
As a case moves down a powered roller conveyor, its bar code is scanned. This information is sent directly across an industri
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Controls system simplifies automatic case sortation

In the central packaging area of the two-year-old snack plant built by Pretzels, Inc. in Bluffton, In, corrugated cases of bagged snacks are conveyed from packaging to palletizing on a single powered roller conveyor.
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FANUC Robotics: Palletizing system

FANUC's (Rochester Hills, MI) PalletCell 100/200 Series of palletizers accepts cases from two infeed conveyors and discharges onto two full-pallet discharge conveyors simultaneously.
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Columbia/Okura: Combination palletizer

Columbia Okura's (Vancouver, WA) Model A-1500 combination palletiz-er can simultaneously handle bags and boxes at speeds to 15 cycles/min. Machine is said to eliminate the need to install one palletizer for bags and another for boxes.
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
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Company brochure

A color brochure from ESS Group (Bangor, PA) gives an overview of companies the group represents and the filling, capping, wrapping, cartoning, case packing and palletizing machinery they provide.
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American Productivity Group, LLC: Palletizers/depalletizers

A line of robotic palletizers and depalletizers from APG (Fairfield, NJ) and Samsung includes robots that palletize up to four pallets simultaneously, operat-ing at 15 cycles/min while carrying two or more products per move.
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Robots continue march into packaging

It will come as no surprise to anyone who may have walked Pack Expo 98 last November, but robot makers expect heady growth in packaging applications over the next few years.
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Banner Engineering Corp.: Photoelectric sensors

Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN) has announced new Mini-Beam® and Q45 Universal Voltage photoelectric sensors. Operating at 24 to 250V ac, 50/60 Hz or 12 to 250V dc, these sensors are designed for applications such as palletizers, conveyors, packaging machines, feeder bowls and material hoppers.

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