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Robotic case packing sweetens Brach & Brock's bottom line

A top-load robotic pick-and-place machine replaces manual case packing of bagged candy at Brach & Brock Confections, saving the confectioner $150ꯠ in annual labor costs.
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier?

Some U.S. companies worry that new IS0 14000 standards are another European effort to stymie imports of U.S.-made products. Will this be a replay of ISO 9000?
Controls Product Brief
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Case packer

The new automatic and servo-motor driven case packer from Brenton Eng. (Alexandria, MN) reaches speeds to 35 cases/min. It features a patented continuous-motion downstacker.
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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: Relocations, expansions

Wisconsin Label Group's (Algoma,WI) newly created Interleave Systems (Heath, OH) subsidiary will sell labeling and packaging equipment to the printing industry.
Materials Product Brief
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Bliss former

Moen Industries (Santa Fe Springs, CA) will show the Model PF106-HLV H-Bliss former. It has a new automatic stack transfer feed system, which offers up to 500 blanks of additional material capacity, and a new Moen high capacity adhesive hopper feeder, offering an additional 200 lb of adhesive capability.
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Wraparound case packer

The WRCP 2000 Series of wraparound case packers from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) wraps flat corrugated sheets around collated products. Compared to an RSC, the amount of corrugated board can be reduced, says the manufacturer.
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New direction for Tradewinds

Four years and 14 flavors after its introduction, Tradewinds(TM) Tea and Juice is getting an "enhanced" look. Its producer, the Horizon Tea & Spice Co., div.
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Continuous-feed inserter

Packagers can increase insertion rates and lower labor costs with Mid-America's (Neenah, WI) Northfield Model 1600 continuous-feed inserter. It automatically separates continuous-feed coupons or other inserts parted by perforations.
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Automated case handling

The Freeway System from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) automates the transporting and palletizing of packed cases. It can be retrofitted onto most packaging lines, says the company.
Mechanical grippers mounted on a continuously moving chain pick the reclosable pour spouts from an infeed chute and, after runni
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first (sidebar)

In-line applicator's a first
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Outsert applicator

The Outserter from Krones (Franklin, WI) affixes literature outserts onto round and nonround containers via direct transfer technology. The system eliminates residue and web breakage typical of strip-stick and spray adhesive systems, says Krones.
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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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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.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Thermoforming assembly

Placon (Madison, WI) has developed The Placon 2000(TM), an assembly system that packages products in clamshells or blister cards. It performs multiple packaging functions in one high-speed line, and can be custom configured to include denesting or card insertion, in-line filling, p-s labeling, sealing, overwrapping, coupon insertion, bar code testing, pick-and-place and pack out.
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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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HDPE films

Process modifications have improved the tear performance of Monax® Plus oriented HDPE films produced by Tredegar Industries (Richmond, VA). Traditional paper/poly/foil/poly pouches, product overwraps and stand-up pouches are examples of packaging that can benefit from these improved films.

 

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