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BluePrint Automation expands facility

To keep up with rapid growth, BluePrint Automation has added a 25,000-sqft addition that houses Shipping/Receiving, Electrical Panel and Production Assembly.
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Pack Expo 2006 generates B2B connections

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute delivers 45,741 buyer attendees, up 553 from the 2004 show.
HISPANIC VARIETY. Goya Foods produces a broad range of bagged products--from beans to flour--in sizes from 12-oz to 10-lb.
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New casing equipment serves 7 bagging lines

Goya Foods installs automatic case erecting/packing/sealing systems, reduces labor costs and line slow-downs.
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Sonoco elected Charles Sullivan executive vp and Charles Hupfer sr. vp and CFO and corporate secretary.
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PACK EXPO Video: Vision-guided robot stacking system

PACK EXPO : Blueprint Automation showed its vision-guided robot system at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine
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High-speed case/tray packer

See video clip of this machine
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Pack Expo Video: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) demonstrated a servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine for case-packing stand-up pouches. See video clip of this machine
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Video coverage of Pack Expo 2002

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: Packaging World Editors shot video footage of eight packaging machines on the show floor. See video clips
Clariant Masterbatches (Charlotte, NC)
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Industry watch: Companies

—BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
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New leaders for PMMI

Mel Bahr of MGS Machine Corp. was elected chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) at the group’s fall meeting in November in San Mateo, CA.
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BluePrint packs cases with vision smarts

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: A high-speed, vision-guided bag orienter/sorter was on display at the booth of BluePrint Automation.
R.A. Jones' CMV2 vertical cartoner has a 15-min, almost toolless, changeover.
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Pack Expo 2000 quick-changeover round-up

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Every year machinery builders advertise quick-changeover packaging machines. As Packaging World editors walked the aisles at the recent Pack Expo show, we could not miss the new packaging machines that featured super-quick changeover times, which we'll arbitrarily define as 15 minutes or less. Here are some cartoners, case packers, a shrink bundler and a thermoformer that caught our attention.
PMMI executive board officers: (clockwise from top left) Bernard M. McPheely, Dennis P. McGrath, Robert S. Potdevin, Anthony J.
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Appointments, promotions

Robert’s Packaging Corp. (Battle Creek, MI): Robert G. Koppe, chairman of the board, CEO; Christopher R. Burrows, president, CEO.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Multivac (Kansas City, MO): Michel L. Defenbau, CEO, Multivac North and Central America.—Klöckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL): Dirk Briskorn, president; Bill Whitesel, vp of operations; Paul Williams, vp, sales, marketing and service.—Slautterback Corp.
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UCB Films Inc. (Smyrna, GA): Andy Newman, president.—AGR Intl., Inc. (Butler, PA): Henry Dimmick, Jr., CEO; Robert Cowden, vp, sales and service.—American National Can Group, Inc.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

BluePrint Automation Inc. (Colonial Heights, VA): Rusty Sparling, vp.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Blueprint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) has moved its headquarters to 16037 Innovation Dr., Colonial Heights, VA 23834; phone: 804/520-5400, fax: 804/526-8164.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Blueprint Automation, Inc. (Richmond, VA) has broken ground for a new 40ꯠ sq' headquarters and manufacturing facility in Richmond, VA, scheduled to be completed January 1998.
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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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Blueprint Automation (Richmond, VA): James A. Cannavino, vp, sales and mktg.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Blueprint Automation, Inc. (Richmond, VA): Martin Prakken, president; Roland Lomerson Jr., vp operations.