Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, launched its global Sustainability Moments™ campaign to coincide with
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Industrial Dynamics/filtec® announces expanded global initiatives

To manage a number of global information systems initiatives for Industrial Dynamics / filtec®, the company has appointed Kendall Hudson as Director of Information Systems.
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Companies

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) completed a 10-year agreement with Pasco Beverage Co.
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In Memoriam

Fred L. Calhoun, founder of Industrial Dynamics Co., passed away at the age of 71.
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
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.’
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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
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Industrial Dynamics Co., Ltd. (Torrance, CA) has acquired the industry rights to use and further develop Control Micro Systems' (Winter Park, FL) vector laser marking technology for the beverage and packaging industries.
The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Industrial Dynamics Co., Ltd. (Torrance, CA): Ivan Heit, vp, sales & mktg.
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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.