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Sustainability news & events

 Noteworthy Items Gleaned from World News.
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Hartness appoints EMEA Managing Director

Phil Johnson returns to Hartness International to support development in Europe.
The Packaging Line Performance workshop is an intensive, hands-on 2-day experience.
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OEE workshop message: just get started!

The first Packaging Line Performance workshop, co-sponsored by ELAU, Schneider Electric and Hartness International, and led by Paul Zepf, the respected OEE expert, yielded hands-on, practical lessons.
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Top packaging professionals join Hartness

Hartness International announces the hiring of Rich Brown and John Loughlin.
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Web Plus

Hartness Internationalwww.hartness.comThe newly launched Web site features enhanced graphics, the latest video footage, and more detailed product information. Designed to educate existing and potential clients on the company's expanded capabilities and the global nature of today's business. Eskowww.esko.comExpanded content and technical support have been implemented in this revamped site. Site reflects a graphical style that is consistent with the company's system integration, its software, and solutions. Homepage highlights the latest news, events, and contact information­—and a new user-friendly page format. AutomationDirectlearn.automationdirect.comThis newly launched video tutorial and training site is divided into major product categories and helps answer frequently asked questions on a range of automation topics from "selecting a PLC" to "building a combination manual motor starter." Other topics include HMI and PLC software features, the basics of sensors, and more.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Intl. Inc. have merged to form Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., creating a provider of products and services in the high-growth life, laboratory, and health sciences industry.
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Co-manufacturer help sambazon forge ahead in low-acid aseptics

California acai marketer taps Aseptic Solutions, which is poised to become a rare U.S. company capable of aseptically filling, low-acid products on a high-speed rotary filler.
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Demand For Flexibility Will Only Grow

PMMI board member Bernard McPheely is CEO of Hartness International, a manufacturer of advanced conveyor and case packing equipment. Here he talks about developing packaging equipment to reduce changeover time and increase operating speeds.
Norden Pac's EEC presentation described advanced cartoning functionalities and highlighted the ELAU PacDrive automation system a
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EEC forum reports lean, integrated and robotic trends

The Eastern Equipment Committee’s revamped annual forum features such notables as Changeover.com expert John Henry, mechatronic machinery developer Norden Pac and packaging automation innovator ELAU.
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Packaging World presented Printpack with an award in recognition of its 50th anniversary. Publisher Joe Angel (shown far left) p
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Industry Watch

TRACKING PACKAGING CHANGES
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PACK EXPO Video: Gripveyor conveyor system

PACK EXPO : Hartness offers its Gripveyor conveyor system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, N-3817. See video clip of this machine
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Companies

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Hartness International launches conveyor company

Hartness International announces the creation of Hartness Conveyor Systems (HCS) LLC.
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Packagers emphasize environment and economics

Packaging professionals from Estée Lauder/Aveda, Hewlett-Packard, and Bacardi Bottling describe how their companies view packaging that is environmentally sustainable.
Hartness Intl. director of market research Neville Cork.
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Best packaging operations anywhere? Here are three...

What’s the most impressive plant you’ve ever been in? World traveler and Hartness Intl. director of market research Neville Cork has been in about 100 plants.
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Siemens says integrated safety yields benefits for machine builders

For years,emergency stops (e-stops in shop-floor parlance) on packaging machines have had to be hardwired independently of any network to comply with government safety requirements.
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Tropicana's juiced about aseptic bottle filling line (sidebar)

Downstream efficiency
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Panel discussion on packaging line productivity

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute held its first Packaging Machinery Management Conference September 4-5 at Doral Eaglewood Conference Resort in Itasca, IL.
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Companies

Pester USA Pac Automation (Allendale, NJ) (above) doubled the size of its U.S. headquarters by adding 18ꯠ sq’.
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Companies

Sidel (above) has opened a new plant in Parma, Italy, dedicated to assembling filling machines.
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Marti joins Hartness: Hartness opens European office, announces integration unit

Hartness International is fortifying its presence in Europe.
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Built-in video monitoring

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: The Hartness (Greenville, SC) Hero System offers hands-off monitoring of a production line. Small cameras are placed on the production line in critical areas.
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Making your packaging company a cult brand

What do Jack Daniels Whiskey and packaging have in common? Both are price-sensitive commodities with distinctive characteristics operating in highly competitive markets. But, how many packaging companies command such customer devotion that price is not a major consideration?
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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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Pack Expo Las Vegas growing

Nearly 700 companies have already signed up to exhibit at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2001, reported Bernard McPheely, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and chief executive officer of Hartness Intl., Inc. (Greenville, SC).
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PMMI's training certification plans

Packagers eager for improved competence in training leaders supplied by packaging equipment companies should be happy to hear that PMMI has begun work on a program designed for just that. This and other news from PMMI’s Sept. 19-21 meeting.
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More PMMI meeting news

Further announcements and appointments from PMMI’s just-concluded Fall meeting Sept. 19-21.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch

From depalletizing to shipping, nearly identical packaging equipment on two new lines boosts efficiency at the brewer's Houston, TX, plant.
Redhook management appreciates the gentle handling provided by this case packer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots (sidebar)

Case handling and inspection
The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
Narrowly spaced lane dividers keep bottles shoulder to shoulder, preventing them from turning, binding or stopping in the case p
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's (sidebar)

A unique twist to handling shingling
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.
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.
Shown here are just five of the 12 different bottles currently filled on the Yoshida line
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Yoshida sauce line sizzles

Yoshida's gourmet sauce is so popular at club stores in the U.S. and export markets around the globe, its packaging needed increased speed and versatility.
One of the bottling plant?s versatile video cameras is mounted high above the case packer; another camera is portable
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Interactive 'insurance'

These days, the word "interactive" is usually followed by either "Internet" or "web site." In the case of Coca-Cola Bottling of Chattanooga and Hartness Technologies (Greenville, SC), what's interactive is a unique audio and video system that links the production floor at the bottling company with the service technicians at Hartness' headquarters in Greenville, SC.
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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Video response system

Hartness Intl. (Greenville, SC) and Power-Data Services (Dallas, TX) have introduced a Video Response System for packagers. The VRS util-izes real-time video (30 frames/ sec) to enable companies to commu-nicate visually with vendors to identify line problems and provide solutions.
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Keeping service technicians off the road

Machinery service technicians may be about to give up their frequent flier miles. Two new approaches to reducing the costs and the downtime caused by machinery servicing were shown recently at two fall meetings.
Semi-automated shell-handling system greatly reduces the repetitive motion involved in feeding shells to the line
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Pepsi line has future in mind

Fast changeover and overall versatility were foremost in mind when Pepsi designed its high-speed line for hard-to-handle one-piece PET bottles in four different sizes. Machine redundancy, computerization, and modular construction all contribute significantly.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Packaging Intl., a consortium consisting of Hartness Intl.; AMBEC; Industrial Dynamics Co., Ltd.; D&L Mfg. Co., Inc.; and Pinnacle Automation Intl.