Machinery

Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.
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Reusable IBC

The Ecobulk MX from Schutz Container Systems (Perryburg, OH) is a UN-approved composite intermediate bulk container designed for the transport of liquids.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Integra II from Sasib Packaging North America (Skokie, IL) is a form/fill/seal machine that produces a pillow-style pouch designed for dry, free-flowing products.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.
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Bagging machine

Rovema's (Lawrenceville, GA) SBS/250 continuous-motion vertical form/fill/seal machines can produce the Stabilo Bag and Stabilo Box at speeds to 120/min.
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Bar-code labels drive automated warehouse

In 1992, Herr's built a 40ꯠ sq' automated warehouse that makes use of bar-coded labels on cases of finished goods to automatically sort and stack cases.
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Barrier shrink films

Cryovac®'s (Duncan, SC) new barrier shrink films help maintain the quality of moisture-sensitive products in a thin, clear package with market appeal.
On the 2-oz line, the robotic head prepares to place 20 cups into a waiting case. To the left of the head is a sheet inserter th
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Robotics automate portion packing

Robotic packing cell case-packs delicate portion cups at speeds of 500 cups/min. Integrated system incorporates a stand-alone case erector and automatic tier sheet placer.
Controls Product Brief
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Fill-height monitor

The Checkmat from Krones (Franklin, WI) is now available in an X-ray version for maximum precision in fill height monitoring. The X-ray source is completely inoperative after being switched off, so no elaborate safety precautions are necessary, says Krones.
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Break/peel/push blister security

A unique break/peel/push blister pack devised by Chicago-based G.D. Searle provides a heightened degree of child-resistance for its Covera-HS prescription medication, launched in June.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
Materials Product Brief
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Powder and granular fillers

John R. Nalbach Engineering Co. (Countryside, IL) has released a brochure describing its Necoflo G4 family of powder and granular fillers. The Necoflo G4 Rotary High Speed Volumetric Filler handles rigid containers from 2" to-63/16" dia at speeds from 140 to 480 cpm.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Liquid Container, L.P. (West Chicago, IL) announced the acquisition of Plaxicon (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in a move designed to form a $150 million blow molding operation.
In the foreground are 12 freshly blown bottles waiting to be discharged by pickoff-pins. Visible in the background are 12 prefor
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Modular molds add flexibility to bottle molding

Unique system makes it easier for packagers to have custom bottles injection/ blow molded even when the number of bottles needed is relatively low.
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Delivery system for coding/marking

Algene's (Garfield, NJ) TR 9632 delivery system can be fitted onto most manufacturers' ink-jet printers and labelers, says the company. It uses an automatic feed hopper and a registration mechanism to provide accurate feeding of flat objects such as blister cards and folding cartons, at speeds to 120 pieces/min.
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Registration is Paramount to video success

Paramount Home Video's holographic carton for Star Trek Generations sells out its entire production run. Registering process printing to full-coverage holographics is a first.
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Premier Plastics grows PET bottle business

California blow molder is among the first in the U.S. to use a 24-cavity injection/stretch blow-molding machine that increases 1/2-liter PET bottle output by at least 40 million per year.
Graphic Packaging?s new 10-station press (above) operates at speeds exceeding 1,000?/min. At a laminating station near the end o
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New press focuses on flexibility

Converter Graphic Packaging's Franklin, OH, plant is the first in the U.S. to use a new press that can print flexible packaging by gravure and flexography, and dry-bond laminate and apply cold-seal or hot melt wax-coat in-line. Kroger's coffee bags represent the first commercial application.

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