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Two picking arms, each equipped with seven vacuum cups, rotate to pick carton blanks from the magazine feed and place them in
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Equipment made for the shade

Rising demand for its Sun-Gard solar control window film made this Florida firm take a hard look at its packaging operation. Custom-built cartoning and case packing equipment was the answer.
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Automatic bag palletizer

SDP Series 2000 automatic bag palletizer from Slidell (Owatonna, MN) has a unitized design to reduce installation time. It is shipped intact and ready for installation.
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
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Pallet unitizer

Key Tech (Mukilteo, WA) has introduced Loxit, a pallet unitizing system that eliminates the need for stretch wrap. Combines the use of a water-based polymer with a spraying system to create web-like patterns to box or bag surfaces, allowing them to adhere to one another.
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Automation times six at Apotex

At Jugos? Mexico City plant, overwrapped trays of glass bottles of juices (above) are being produced at the bottling line?s sp
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Mexican juices packed to U.S. standards

Tray packs of cans and bottles wrapped in shrink film allow Jugos del Valle to compete both in Mexico and in the post-NAFTA U.S. markets.
Farmer members of the wheat growers1 cooperative enjoy seeing their own branded pasta in retail stores in their region. However,
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Pasta plant extraordinaire

The only way for this new pasta producer to meet the needs of three different market segments is to have a packaging operation designed for maximum flexibility.
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Case palletizer

Machines in the 880 series of case palletizers from Alvey (St. Louis, MO) employ shaft-mounted drives to reduce the number of sprockets, chains, belts and takeups for such primary devices as the row pusher, apron and hoist.
As empty bottles are depalletized (above left), they?re mutually supportive because they move forward in a mass; even more chal
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Empty-bottle handling is no picnic

The lightest of the PET bottles filled on Pepsi's new line weighs just 27.5 g. Controlling these empty containers at high speeds is difficult to say the least.
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Palletizer

The Faiveley® Pal-Vite 1000 gantry palletizer from Newtec (St. Louis, MO) uses the same pick-and-place head for one or more infeed lines, eliminating the need for accumulation conveyors.

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