Machinery

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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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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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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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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
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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.
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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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Screw conveyor

A mobile flexible screw conveyor from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) allows the transport of powder and bulk materials at up to 300 cu'/hr, and up to 14' H.
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.
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USDA-approved inks

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
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Drive rollers

A line of drive rollers from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) provides a simple and economical means for building powered roller conveyors in pallet handling, cargo handling and packaging machinery applications.
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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.
One derived from rice the other from soy, these nondairy beverages were the first filled on Farmland?s 1?2-gal low-acid system t
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first

Farmland Dairies is the first to pack a low-acid beverage in an aseptic carton this large. Shelf stability permits nontraditional placement in-store. Automatic in-line pour spout applicator is also the first of its kind.
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Packaging issues can't be overlooked

An August 30 Wall Street Journal profile of Pepsi's woes in Brazil is a reminder of how critical a role packaging can play in the international cola wars.
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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.
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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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Raising the bar on training
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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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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future

The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.

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