Machinery

On their way to palletizing, 12-packs of Pepsi are gently conveyed on two tracks of coated plastic chain (above). When packs bac
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Carton conveyor cleans up beverage act

As an alternative to roller conveyors, a chain conveyor carries beverage packs 900' without scuffing or marring.
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Bag depalletizer

Pacific Robotics' (San Diego, CA) PR-110 robot depalletizes loads of bagged material as tall as 80". It uses a regenerative vacuum blower and a proprietary pickup head to systematically remove bags from the pallet load and place them on a conveyor.
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Squeeze and spread functions boost bottle

Mentor, OH-based Darworth Co. took advantage of August's National Hardware Show in Chicago to feature FI:X® wood patch in a bottle that literally stands on its head to be noticed.
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Pack Expo Plus: Seminars, conferences and allied shows

High-tech packaging solutions, new resin technologies, healthcare packaging, and better sealing technologies are just a few of the areas covered in conferences and seminars during Pack Expo week.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Converting Equipment Mfrs. Assn. (Springfield, NJ): Blenheim Group USA's (Fort Lee, NJ) Leo Nadolske, board of trustees member.
Pre-glued basket carriers with unsealed bottoms are placed in moving flights that guide the carriers over bottle groupings, afte
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Unique basket packer keeps pace with exports to the U.S.

While Bass's Marksman 2000 adds flexibility to its wrap pack capability, the company has augmented its six-pack basket packaging capacity to accommodate surging growth.
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Vacuum pumps

PIAB (Hingham, MA) released a new brochure highlighting the company's line of vacuum pumps. PIAB vacuum systems are designed to perform most packaging procedures, including erecting, loading, opening, inserting, labeling, palletizing, forming and vacuum conveying.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Key Technology (Walla Walla, WA) acquired a machine vision pharmaceutical inspection product line from Oncoor, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD).
For small runs of 500 bottles or fewer, a smaller vibratory counter is used since it provides fast, five-min changeover. It?s a
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Glaxo Wellcome counts its savings

An electronic tablet counter/filler for clinical trial drugs provides 15-min changeover, regardless of tablet size or shape.
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Label software

Avery Dennison, Soabar Products (Philadelphia, PA) has introduced AveryWare Windows, a new Windows®-based chemical labeling software program with network compatibility and a built-in chemical database.
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New grips and a Clear Choice Award

Neither a sports drink nor an iced tea, Talking Rain Beverage Co.'s new Ice(TM) Flavored Water began appearing on store shelves this June in a custom-designed 24-oz bottle known as "The Grip." "It took two years to design this bottle," says John Stevens, founder of the Preston, WA-based company.
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Two-in-one bottle an interesting solution

For years, Glaxo Wellcome had used generic 30-cc high-density polyethylene pharmaceutical bottles to hold 60 tablets of its prescription-only Zantac® medication.
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Harsh-duty labeling head

Quadrel Labeling Systems (Mentor, OH) offers the Q60 labeling head with NEMA 4X electronics for use in harsh or wet environments such as dairies or beverage bottling plants.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

York Tape and Label Co. (York, PA) has opened a 153ꯠ sq' p-s label converting facility.
A stepper-driven corner labeler (above) uses a pneumatic tamping mechanism to apply a preprinted bar-code label that?s rolled ar
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A reusable case for automation

New equipment at Herr Foods is among the first that erects, packs and seals tough-to-handle corrugated cases that are reused up to five times.
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Stretch wrapping system

Orion Packaging's (Memphis, TN) HPA-66 Spiral Platform Automatic Rotary Turntable stretch wrapping system moves a load by forklift to a turntable, then spirally wraps it with a 20"-W web of film.
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Trans-fat label flap

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, DC-based consumer group, believes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should require food nutrition labels on packages to list the amount of trans-fat as well as saturated fat.
Hot melt adhesive is applied to thetrailing edge of labels as they?re applied to jars
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Seaforth puts label on versatility

Upgrade of a hot melt system results in improved labeling for private label manufacturer Seaforth.

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