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MULTIFUNCTION EOAT. The robot not only picks and places lay-flat flexible pouches into the stainless-steel trays, but it also transfers empty trays onto the stack for filling.
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From zero to 10 robots in 2.5 years

Olive producer adds robot to transfer pouched product to trays for delivery to retort system. Success leads to further investments in robotics.
NO SUBSTITUTE. FCB co-owner Tom Peters says, “When your business begins to grow, there is no substitute for well-engineered automation.”
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Craft beer maker implements automated bottle packing

Fort Collins Brewery saves time, labor, and worker tedium, while increasing production capacity to better serve growing markets.
THE STUFFER. Freshly erected corrugated cases convey directly beneath empty paperboard six-pack carriers so the carriers can be inserted into the cases.
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Craft brewer automates to grow

From an overhead depalletizer that handles both cans and bottles to a robotic case packer that greatly reduces the risk of broken bottles, new capabilities at Troegs are impressive.
Closeup (above) shows air rinsing.
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BBQ sauce/salad dressing line built on best in class

Faced with rapid growth—driven by the popularity of its Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce—Ken’s Foods is adding new lines where needed. The Las Vegas plant has the latest.
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Streamlined controls platform for robotic case packer

Proprietary robotic controllers are out and a familiar look and feel are in now that one controls platform is used across the entire robot case packer.
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Berry packer revamps bagging and casing lines

Renovation of blueberry packaging operations includes installation of vf/f/s machine for retail bags, bag-in-box equipment for bulk packs, plus several new auxiliary systems.
High-flying case erecting: some 30' above the production floor, the mezzanine-mounted machine (right) 
provides bottom glue seal
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Case erector elevates output

A new blow molder and floor space restrictions led Quintex to seek a higher output, mezzanine-mounted casing solution.See in-plant video
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Three legs are better than one

Glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer run through paired fillers at 1길/min and then fan out to any one of three packaging legs. Eight operators ‘patrol’ the entire line. See in-plant video
The system shown here includes a robotic positioner that picks a bundle of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cut
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Machinery brings the future to Latrobe

The front end of this glass line for 12-oz Rolling Rock beer is practically an operator-free zone. Laser-guided vehicles replenish packaging materials on demand. See in-plant video
Bottles are removed from reshippers by a continuous-motion rotary-style uncaser (left).
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Bacardi moves to modernization

A revamp of Line One is just part of a plant-wide move to upgrade, automate, and modernize Bacardi’s Jacksonville, FL, plant. See in-plant video
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.