Machinery

Materials Product Brief
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Visual inspection

Designed for pharmaceutical applications, the AutoVision 500 visual inspection system from Autoroll Machine (Middleton, MA) detects slight color variations between different batches of pills and can analyze shape, size and color of pills to verify that they are in the right packages.
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Unique venting keeps coffee fresh

Dean Florentino Coffee, Las Vegas, NV, is the first coffee packer to put fresh roasted ground coffee in a "breathable" composite canister that's specially equipped with a one-way degassing valve.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Raising the bar on training
Controls Product Brief
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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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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
Within this chamber, two side-by-side cartons are labeled at each of their ends simultaneously to create a unit pack
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning (sidebar)

Labeling unitizes two cartons at Baxter Healthcare
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Thiele Eng. (Minneapolis, MN), a Barry-Wehmiller Co., will expand its production facility to accommodate the growth of its Frontier case packer product line.
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Vermont rBST labelling

Dairy packers won a major victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered the Vermont District Court to grant an industry-requested injunction against the state's mandatory rBST labeling statute.
Controls Product Brief
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Automatic stretch system

Liberty Industries (Youngstown, OH) has released a new full-color brochure on the 5 Series Model 5.50 automatic stretch system. It has been designed and engineered for rugged installations with operational simplicity and safety in mind.
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier? (sidebar)

British bottlemaker leads the way
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
The graphical touchscreen interface allows an operator to request help and instructions on the various phases of the changeover
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Bass wraps up market flexibility

A highly flexible multipacker wraps 4-, 6- and 10-count bottles in paperboard to help Bass meet demands of disparate retail markets at home and abroad. Automatic servo-driven dimensional changeover takes 15 seconds.
Materials Product Brief
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Volumetric pump

The T-94 5-gal double acting pump from Thiele Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) is one of the first specifically designed to fill 5-gal and 3-gal pails of paint or similar product in a single cycle.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Supplier News
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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.
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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