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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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Pro Mach's President of End of Line Packaging Mack Greene Retires

Pro Mach, Inc. announced today that Charles M. (Mack) Greene, President of its End-of-Line Business Unit, will retire January 31 this year.
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Orion enhances Human Machine Interface on Semi-Automatic, Turntable Stretch Wrapping Systems

Orion Packaging, a division of Pro Mach, will unveil a new digital display and control panel for its semi-automatic, turntable stretch wrapping systems that provides users with easy to understand visual feedback for operating and adjusting the machines.
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New At Pack Expo Product Library

Check out the newest innovation in packaging line solutions at the Pro Mach booths, #N 4029-4142 at Pack Expo. Below are a list of products you can expect to see there...
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Companies partner on RFID equipped pharma packages

Stora Enso and Orion Pharma introduce a series of pharmaceutical packages equipped with RFID tags.
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Fleetguard's robotic line

PACK EXPO : Pro Mach's booth featured a highly automated operating line that's set to go into Fleetguard in December 2005. See video
As seen at Pro Mach's booth during Pack Expo Las Vegas, the highly
automated U-shaped line that will be installed at Fleetguard
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Pro Mach's integrated solution

PACK EXPO : Pro Mach's position as one of the largest single-source providers of packaging solutions in North America was emphasized at a press conference on Tuesday, September 27 at Pack Expo Las Vegas (PELV) that also previewed a new installation that leverages Pro Mach's integrated capability.
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Companies

R.A. Jones & Co. Inc.
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Achievements

Orion Energy Systems Inc. awarded Sheboygan Paper Box Co. its Environmental Stewardship Award.
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People

Jerry Welcome (above) was named president of the Intl. Fresh-cut Produce Assn. Welcome most recently served as vice president, member services, for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Pro Mach acquires ID Technology

ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX) announces that it has been acquired by Pro Mach, Inc.
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More PMMI meeting news

Further announcements and appointments from PMMI’s just-concluded Fall meeting Sept. 19-21.
Zen-noh Hay?s stretch wrapper makes 12 wraps around the bottom and top of its hay bales, and six wraps around the middle. Such a
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Wrapper automatically bales hay for export

For the first time in the hay industry, an export company uses an automatic stretch wrapper to prepare its hay bales for shipment overseas.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Orion Packaging Systems, Inc. (Memphis, TN) has been acquired by Pro Mach Inc. (Atlanta, GA).
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Orion Packaging Systems, Inc. (Memphis, TN) is building a new 20ꯠ sq' U.S. headquarters and service center, due to be completed in early January.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Orion Packaging Systems, Inc. (Memphis, TN): Vic Barnhill, dir., sales intl./OEM.
Ease of navigation makes quick work of evaluating stretch wrapping equipment at Orion?s site (above). Actual test protocols used
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Capsule reviews

Weatherchem's (Twinsburg, OH) site at www.weatherchem.com provides information on products such as its Top-Squeeze one-piece squeeze-and-turn child-resistant closure, which recently passed the revised Consumer Product Safety Commission protocol tests.
Labels and caps are applied almost simultaneously at speeds to 50/min.
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Change means quick changeover

In an effort to reduce storage of preprinted tubes, Henkel Home Improvements decided to label in-house. In addition to saving space and gaining flexibility, the company also enjoys quicker changeover.
The motion controlller (above, left) is actually a PC with seven dedicated plug-in cards for high-speed control
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Collating candy at 3,000/min (sidebar)

How digital motion control works
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
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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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch (sidebar)

Putting the wraps on A-B's lines
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Show spotlight seeks middle ground

MIDPAK '97 takes the stage October 21-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A full conference program and a medical exhibition combine to offer packagers a range of options.
Customized end-of-arm tooling delivers a layer of cases onto a waiting pallet. Shown in the inset are 3 of the 7 carton sizes
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Dialing in automated palletizing

The Dial Corp. automated its palletizing operation at the same time it revised the format of its dryer sheets. Labor costs and product damage have both been reduced.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.