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New plant feeds growing Greek yogurt trend

A new plant for Alpina Foods produces primarily Greek yogurt, with a capacity of 39,000 cups/hr, offering capacity for the company’s own brand as well as co-packed products.
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A high-speed delta robot uses a vacuum end-of-arm tool to pick up individual diagnostic test kits and feed them to a flow wrapper.
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Packaging is part of robotics’ banner year

The North American robotics industry achieved record growth of 17% in 2012, and as these firsthand accounts prove, packaging applications played a part in that phenomenal expansion.
End-of-arm pouch-picking tools use fingers covered in hardened rubber to grab a pouch and lift it into a case.
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Sweet robots handle pouched sweets

From automatic case erecting to robotic case packing and robotic palletizing, the new end-of-line automation at this Ontario food manufacturer is a quantum leap forward.
Goya Foods of Florida packs 66 SKUs of dry beans, including some of the varieties shown.
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Automation at Goya supports growing bean business

A new Miami, FL, distribution center and dry-bean packing facility produces 1 million cases of bagged beans per year using three fully automated packaging lines.
Yamato case packer
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Odom’s takes pride in packaging prowess

A dedicated workforce, along with weigh scale, vf/f/s, case packaging, and cartoning equipment help produce over a 1 million breakfast sandwiches a day.
Close-up of the WF30 case erector, available with tape or glue-bottom sealing.
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Motion-enhanced case erector

A switch from pneumatics to servo-based motion is among the reasons this automatic case erector can reach speeds of 30/min and react to changing corrugated conditions.
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Automated pickers boost hamburger packing efficiencies

White Castle uses robots to lower labor requirements and prevent job-related injuries.
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Automated pack line aids successful company launch

Organic cereal processor carefully selects bag f/f/s, cup-filling, and case-packing equipment to optimize new plant efficiencies.
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Fleetguard's integrated solution

During Pack Expo Las Vegas held in late September, Pro Mach’s booth included a U-shaped packaging line that will be installed in December 2005 at Nashville, TN-based Fleetguard Inc., a leading provider of industrial filtration products.
A filled, capped, and labeled 64-oz bottle.
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Redundancy rules at Old Orchard

Cap coders, case erectors, case packers, and case tapers are redundant to make sure this high-output, hot-fill PET line for fruit juice can produce up to its potential.See video
The cases are tilted for two-up loading (above) to keep the cartons forward so that a vertical divider can be inserted by the ro
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Robots sweeten case packing efficiency

On two lines, Gray & Co. uses a robotic case loader positioned between an automatic case former and an automatic sealer to pack cartons into cases at rates up to 90 cartons/min.See in-plant video
Sausage patties exit the freezer on a conveyor and flow into a pivot pan that feeds patties into a bulk-and-dribble scale (right
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North Side super-sizes packaging value

Higher throughput is in the bag, in this case a large foodservice bag that is automatically filled, sealed, and packed on three new packaging lines. See in-plant video
A key improvement to downstream packaging functions is this automatic case erector.
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Equipment sparkles at Diamond of California (sidebar)

Downstream, upstream efficiency
A 10-bucket combination scale feeds a steady supply of sweetened dried cranberries to each waiting case (inset).
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Bulk-packed Craisins pick up the pace

As demand for its sweetened dried cranberries in 10- and 25-lb boxes continued to increase, Ocean Spray responded with a brand new bag-in-box line.