The 18-axis Douglas Invex® case packer is compact and runs at up to 17 cpm.
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18 servo modules power 17 cpm case/tray packer

Servo functionalities on Douglas Invex® case/tray packer prove popular with packagers.
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Pack Expo is packed with solutions

Representatives from these two packaged goods companies will be front and center, shopping lists in hand, when Pack Expo International hits Chicago this Fall.
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Moving to more modular programming

IEC Standard 61131-3 is aimed at bringing standardization—based on modular reusable components—to programming. Will it change how packaging machines are designed?
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Indutry Watch

COMPANIES Hueck Foils, LLC was acquired by the Constantia Flexible Packaging Group. Hueck Foils will now be known as Constantia Hueck Foils, LLC.
ELAU utilized video of customers' applications to emphasize the benefits of real modularity in machines launched at PACK EXPO.
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At PACK EXPO, modular packaging machinery becomes reality

Modularity has emerged as the ‘next wave' in packaging machine design. PACK EXPO 2006 ushered in the technologies and the resulting functionalities -- with fanfare.
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World premier at PACK EXPO: once again, ELAU changes the way machines are designed by distributing motion around the machine wit
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Learn latest packaging automation trends at PACK EXPO

To help you plan your PACK EXPO 2006 show experience, here's an overview of packaging machinery automation-related show events and online resources from ELAU, the only automation supplier that specializes exclusively in packaging.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES:Hassia USA combined all of its sales and service organizations under the new corporate name, IWKA Packaging USA.
Dr. Thomas Cord, CEO of ELAU AG, the world's only automation supplier specializing exclusively in packaging machinery, discusses
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The future of packaging automation

On a recent visit to Chicago, Packaging Automation interviewed Dr. Thomas Cord, CEO of packaging machinery automation provider ELAU and previously the company's R&D manager. In a word, the future of packaging is: software.
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High-speed servo stacker

Douglas Machine offers its Velocity high-speed servo stacker equipped with gentle product handling technology that forms pack patterns without interruption, providing continuous product flow at speeds to 600 products/min.
ELAU's John Kowal presents the latest trends in beverage packaging automation at the BevOps conference.
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BevOps covers advances in packaging machinery

Conference covers the technology revolution in beverage packaging machinery introduced at 3 recent trade shows.
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A massive Twinline robot from IWKA's A+F Automation at PACK EXPO.  Carbon fiber construction and ELAU PacDrive automation help t
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PACK EXPO 2005 shatters status quo

Unleashing the power of modular packaging machinery…conference session documenting development cost savings…robotic capabilities capture the imagination.
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Make2Pack speakers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, left to right: ELAU's John Kowal, Fred Putnam of MARKEM, Douglas Machine's Joe Faust,
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Maxed out on packaging productivity?

P&G, Douglas Machine, MARKEM and ELAU joint Conference presentation at PELV documents benefits of Make2Pack modularity in packaging machine design, deployment.
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In addition to moderator Pat Reynolds, editor of Packaging World magazine, participants on the IoPP packaging machinery technici
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What new skills do technicians need to maintain today's packaging machines?

Minnesota Chapter IoPP event draws expert participants from General Mills, Douglas Machine, ELAU, Packaging World and Alexandria Technical College.
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ELAU has published free PELV guides  highlighting examples of the best machines at the show, available at the Exhibitor Lounge,
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NEWS FROM PACK EXPO 2005

Guess what? There is a free lunch, at least for ELAU customers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas this year.
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Award-winning Uhlmann B1880 thermoformer has an unequalled output capabity of 1,300 blisters per minute.
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The road to Las Vegas: World's fastest blister packer, robots everywhere, ROI talk

This week’s PACK EXPO Previews: Uhlmann’s ultra-fast blister machine, how a new software library is transforming packaging robots, and a Conference at PELV track on productivity you won’t want to miss.
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Pearson Packaging Systems recently launched a rebranding campaign to reflect its commitment to continuous improvement, innovatio
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Companies

Pearson Packaging Systems recently launched a rebranding campaign to reflect its commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and customer service.
ELAU employees are "interviewed" by Second City performers during ELAU's PACK EXPO customer event.
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PACK EXPO bash celebrates ELAU customers

At an exclusive off-Rush Street venue, Europe’s packaging automation leader thanked a hundred ELAU customers for helping them achieve critical mass in North America.
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More Plug-and-Pack at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Machine builders and packagers buy into the Plug-and-Pack vision of "best practices" automation guidelines for maximum business benefit.
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Defining skill standards for packaging technicians

Packaging machine users and builders need technical people with a mix of both mechanical and software skills. Trouble is, no one to date has defined what that skill set should be.
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Achievements

–Miller Brewing Co. has awarded Douglas Machine (Alexandria, MN) the “Partners in Excellence” award for 2001. Employees from both firms posed for this photo.
From CAMC's 25-station lab/classroom (above), students can control equipment in surrounding labs from their PCs. Notes written b
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'Motion Control University'

The Center for Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota offers a hands-on curriculum of leading-edge technology.
Its rectangular shape sets Lassonde's bottle apart from the competition.
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Lassonde innovates with Italian aseptic filler

Squared off in shape like its 2-L predecessor, Lassonde’s 420-mL PET bottle is aseptically filled at 400/min. It’s sold in a three-pack format that’s new to North America.
The high-level palletizer selected by Aberfoyle Springs (above) was practically a prototype. Operators place corrugated corner p
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Fit for filling 'round the clock

Aberfoyle Springs fills 500-mL PET bottles at a rate of 630/min seven days a week, in two 11-hour shifts each day. ‘We train our people like there’s no tomorrow.’
While Kellogg's Snack'Ums are aimed at kids age 8 to 12 (above), Dannon's new drinkable yogurt (left) is for the 3- to 8-year-ol
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Packaging for kids at Kellogg and Dannon

When these two food processing powerhouses used existing brands as launch pads for kid-oriented new products, they were highly selective about their choice of containers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Douglas Machine (Alexandria, MN) has acquired Dimension Industries (Maple Grove, MN), which will remain located in Maple Grove and will focus on its core technology in paperboard packaging, web handling and specialized machinery design.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Douglas Machine (Alexandria, MN) will now manufacture and market the AccuLift (Blanchester, OH) line of equipment.
McKesson is among the first in the U.S. to use this handled six-pack bundle (left); the Crystal brand is one of three sold by th
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Six-pack bundles get a handle on water market

In its new bottling line, McKesson Water tries a six-pack concept common in Europe but still new to the U.S. Shrink wrapping and tray-packing also shine.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.
In the packer, four jugs are being pushed onto the case blank before it?s folded and glued
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Arcadia takes major step in production

Juice and drink bottler upgrades case packing for high output, even outstripping what its palletizer can handle. A new palletizer is on the list; so is improved bottle feeding.