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ROBOTIC APPLICATION. Protective corrugated cornerboards are applied automatically by this robotic system just before stretch wrap is applied to the pallet.
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Robots finish mac and cheese line

A multi-axis ARBOT palletizer forms layers of shrink-wrapped trays on a pallet and then hands the pallet off to a stretch wrapping cell where corner boards are also placed robotically.
VERSATILE EOAT. The specially designed vacuum EOAT for the empty-can depalletizer can handle a range of surfaces, including slip-sheets, plastic pallets, and steel cans without cross contamination.
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Integrated controls ease programming, troubleshooting

Coating Systems company adds palletizing equipment that integrates PLC and robot controls for ease of operation.
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.
Compact drives. One thing Top Tier engineers and machine  designers like about the servo drives is that they neatly fit in a relatively small controls cabinet.
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Hybrid servo system brings positioning accuracy to palletizing

The L7 palletizer has standard AC motors and a machine control code accessed on a familiar PLC interface. But servo drives in place of VFDs bring big benefits.
Brains Brewery upgraded of its yeast-handling control process to a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix system and Ethernet connectivity. Source: Prosoft Technology
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Brewery gains flexibility, reduces downtime with gateway

Remote I/O-to-Ethernet gateway enables easy replacement of 27-year-old PLCs for a Wales brewery upgrading its yeast-handling control process.
Big leap. HMI technology takes a big step forward with ADCO’s introduction of the InterACT™ runtime application. Its impressive functionality can also be accessed on a hand-held mobile device.
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Building a better interface and taking it mobile

ADCO, a leading builder of end-of-line packaging systems, went to Pack Expo Las Vegas with a brand new HMI and a mobile app that wowed show attendees.
TWO POUCHES. Two unoriented pouches are picked up by an AFA Delta 3 robot, which then places them into a loading funnel.
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Robotic cartoning adds efficiency, subtracts labor costs

Robotic cartoning replaces manual operations, alleviating labor shortages, costs, and increasing line efficiency for contract manufacturer Pharmalab Inc.
The remote I/O module used by  Advanced Manufacturing Technology has eight ports,  and because each can handle dual I/O, it’s a 16-point module.
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Remote I/O modules optimize flow of data on air conveyor lines

With a 16-point remote I/O module located every 60 feet, these air conveying lines are distinguished by minimal wiring and smooth transfer of data from sensors to controller.
Tripack used a motion analyzer tool to size the servo motor.
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Perf module a highlight of integrated control solution

When it came time to show off a new machine at Pack Expo International, this OEM was ready. A highlight of the new equipment is its controls package.
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Integrated safety system solves e-stop problem

Outdated drives, relay logic and PLCs running on proprietary software, which was making them increasingly difficult to operate, maintain and support
End-of-arm pouch-picking tools use fingers covered in hardened rubber to grab a pouch and lift it into a case.
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Sweet robots handle pouched sweets

From automatic case erecting to robotic case packing and robotic palletizing, the new end-of-line automation at this Ontario food manufacturer is a quantum leap forward.
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.
Simulation software helped cut by a third the amount of design time required on the servo-powered CELOX cartoner.
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Optimizing machine control through simulation software

A 3-D CAD mechanical design software linked to Allen-Bradley mechanical, controls, and electrical design software lets machine designers size and select motors and drives.
Custom input adaptors are among the features that distinguish the new gearboxes.
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Case packer’s precision control a function of its gearboxes

High-efficiency, low-backlash gearboxes deliver precise actuation on this servo-controlled case/tray packer at speeds to 45 cases/min.
Close-up of the WF30 case erector, available with tape or glue-bottom sealing.
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Motion-enhanced case erector

A switch from pneumatics to servo-based motion is among the reasons this automatic case erector can reach speeds of 30/min and react to changing corrugated conditions.
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Nutrilite rides 'K-Line Express' to big benefits

Rotary labeler and employee input help California facility reap major gains in line productivity.
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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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Gear reducer brings labeling accuracy, better ergonomics

A high-speed pressure-sensitive labeler with an overhead-belt container stabilizer depends on a servo motor/planetary gear reducer combo to advance bottles
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The ControlLogix PAC (above) helped Pneumatic Scale exceed its goal of designing a can seamer (left) capab
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Control system brings flexibility and throughput

Pneumatic Scale Angelus—a division of Barry Wehmiller and the world’s leading manufacturer of can-seaming machinery—knows how important product quality and productivity are for the customers that use its machines.
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Case packer uses a power monitor to minimize energy consumption

 A three-axis, side-load case packer receives up-to-the-minute information on energy
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Robots come within packagers' reach

Increased speeds and flexibility, less complex operation, and lower price tags are putting robotics within reach of a range of packaging operations.
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RAMP debuts at Pack Expo International

Remote Access Management Program lets a packaging machine communicate its requirements automatically over a wireless connection.
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Del Monte pounces on Meow Mix pouch line

Robotic case-loading system at Del Monte Pet Foods propels pouch production into an automated tiger.
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Two new lines handle manicure, pedicure products with ease

OPI makes short work of increased product demand with the addition of a tube-filling line and a new monobloc filler/capper with a unique bottle-feeding system.
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Amcor upgrades on safety

At Amcor’s NSW beverage can manufacturing plant, an innovative integrated safety control system helps fast-track a safety upgrade while simplifying operation and optimising efficiency.
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Custom packaging lines energize vitamin maker

Identical tablet lines add versatility, reduce labor costs, and increase production at Inverness Medical Nutritionals’ facility in Freehold, NJ.
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Paint by the numbers: New line cuts costs, speeds filling

Brought in-house to save the costs of copacking, a new, fully automated packaging line for Ace Paint fills paint-sample containers at 50/min with minimal operator intervention.
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Controls package reduces TCO

A measurable reduction in build time required for its machines is a key benefit gained by Bradman Lake’s implementation of an integrated controls architecture.
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Beringer's PET project moves downstream

Automated loading of carriers and cases of 187-mL PET bottles of wine lifts output.
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Bush Brothers cooks up faster labeling

Baked beans packer Bush Brothers and Company, Augusta, WI, needed to speed up its can-labeling operations to more than 1,000 cans per minute, which exceeded what its existing labeler could do.
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Adding flexibility to case-packing & palletizing

Dean Foods fine-tunes packing and handling efficiencies for popular ‘Milk Chug’ products by installing versatile, easy-changeover case load/palletize equipment.
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New high-speed rotary packer cuts damage & downtime

Kinder, gentler handling results in less bottle breakage and less label scuffing while achieving faster line speeds and higher efficiencies.
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Labeler loads up on pharma tech

Labeler’s subsystems, including 100% label inspection, are tailor made for contract packagers.
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That's a wrap

Six servo-driven shrink-bundling machines help a pickle company transition out of corrugated reshippers and into tray packing.
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Logic and motion come together

New controls system improves speed and versatility of gantry-style robotic case and basket loader.
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Packaging machine OEM cuts programming time by 30 percent

A beverage carrier assembly machine builder cut engineering time by 30% with Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture.
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The Micrologix controller (above) on board the liquid filler (below) plays a key role in making the machine
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Filler facilitates 21 CFR Part 11 compliance

Web-enabled and Ethernet-ready, this liquid filler makes it easier for drug makers to generate FDA-recommended electronic record-keeping.
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Candy company sweetens packaging efficiencies

Farley’s and Sathers adds versatile vertical cartoning line to keep pace with growing product demand.
An operator checks the status of the batch on this operator terminal.
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Jam plant integrates packaging and processing

Integrating the packaging and processing areas of manufacturing proves to be anything but a sticky situation at this Oregon jam and jelly plant.
The servo drives and MKD washdown servo motors are part 
of a control system.
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Servos synchronize

Liquid filling machines designed for pharmaceutical users benefit from 12 to 24 axes of servo control.
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Controller brings synchronization (sidebar)

The Old Orchard PET line is an impressive example of how controls technology can tightly integrate and synchronize today’s packaging lines.
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Tray wrapper nets savings (sidebar)

In addition to putting hot-fill juice in PET bottles, Old Orchard also packs about 48 million cans of frozen concentrate annually. In November, secondary packaging for the 12-oz plastic cans went from an RSC to a shrink-wrapped corrugated tray.
A filled, capped, and labeled 64-oz bottle.
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Redundancy rules at Old Orchard

Cap coders, case erectors, case packers, and case tapers are redundant to make sure this high-output, hot-fill PET line for fruit juice can produce up to its potential.See video
The VVI-200 vertical pouching machine is among the Rovema offerings that include a ControlLogix solution.
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Controls solution helps OEM grow its business

Decreased design time enables this machinery builder to expand product line by 300% with just a 10% increase in personnel.
Slugs of Ginger Nuts in clear, cold-seal film move from rotary wheel transfer.
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Ginger Nuts go for an upgrade

Higher throughput with reduced labor costs is among the paybacks gained by United Biscuits since the firm automated its Ginger Nuts biscuit line in Carlisle, England.See video
Although CPL's new filler has 10 heads, the contract packager sometimes uses only four or six nozzles, which provides flexibilit
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Pharmaceutical contract packager fills its 'lineup'

New 10-head, in-line piston filler anchors a new liquid and cream line that helps Canadian contract manufacturer-packager meet the needs of its customers.
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Bag-in-box labeling gets the 'final touch'

New print-and-apply labelers have reduced downtime and boosted overall line efficiency at five of Coca-Cola’s syrup plants around the country.
Three different product/package combinations run on Diversified Brands' new line thanks to pucks manufactured with one external
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Innovation rolls on

New packaging equipment and puck handling system help Diversified Brands launch Scratch Fix 2in1 automotive touch-up paint in a new plastic ‘tube’.
Depending on the jar diameter, the robot selects one of six end-of-arm tool heads to pick up as many as 16 jars at once as they
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Robot reaches jar line in Puerto Rico

Automated system saves labor costs at Alcan Packaging by conveying skin-care jars from four molding machines to a four-axis robot that deftly palletizes them.
A short distance downstream from a new ink-jet date coder (inset), cans are collated and pushed into either an RSC or a tray; sh
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Coffee roaster sees packaging as a key to growth

F. Gaviña & Sons has plans to bust out of its California backyard and take on the competition nationwide.See in-plant video
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Servos drive case packer upgrade

An SWF wraparound case packer is rebuilt from the inside out with servos and improved HMI. Parts, assembly, lead time are all reduced.
Front and back paper labels are applied at speeds to 220 1-gal bottles/min.
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Mott's creates downstream flexibility

On Mott’s new bottling line, aseptically filled PET bottles of juice product in four sizes can be automatically conveyed through a number of tray- or case-packing options.
With this many multipack and carton formats having to run on one line, versatility was as important a component in the overall o
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Swiss chocolates meet high-speed automation

New materials and new equipment are helping this Swiss chocolate manufacturer send a better product to market while keeping labor costs in check.
Electronic net-weigh fillers are long on sanitation and accuracy.
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Special equipment for a special concept

Custom blow molding, electronic net-weigh filling in a HEPA-filtered enclosure, robotic palletizing—it all helps Superior Dairy succeed with caseless shipping. See in-plant video
After delivering a load of boxed coolers onto the left side of the shuttle table, a clamp truck driver backs away and pulls a la
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?®Everyday hero?? stretches savings at The Coleman Co.

A two-station machine stretch wraps a bundle of boxed coolers while a second is readied for the other station to save more than 37% in time and labor.
Kevin Colcord, project engineer checks the programming for the PLC that controls the conveyors.
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Engineers display a 'can-do' attitude

To convert its 12-packed cans to a 6x2 configuration took much more than change parts. Coke Consolidated engineers deliver without a major capital investment.
Case packer (above) uses customized, interchangeable cassettes to handle a variety of container styles and sizes (left) via tool
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Multiple styles, single solution

A specialized case packer at Custom Building Products handles a range of styles from cylinders to ovals to F-style containers, in pints to 2 ½-gal sizes. See in-plant video
A finished bottle with aluminum overcap and pressure-sensitive label is shown above.
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'Scaling up' on vaccine filling

Now the world’s fourth largest supplier of poultry vaccines, Lohmann Animal Health maintains its ranking through capital investment. See in-plant video
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HBA filler's range speaks volumes (sidebar)

A showcase filler detailed
This hydraulic lift raises full, stretchwrapped pallets up to the level of the warehouse floor.
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Bottling built for the future (sidebar)

Conveyor connection
Shown here is a sampling of Clean Team's packaged cleaning cards that are inserted into magnetic stripe readers, point-of-sale c
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Four-side-sealer homers for Clean Team

Clean Team, a San Diego maker of cleaning card products, speeds changeovers and lowers labor costs with an automated sealer. Pitched area allows for easy filling of liquid cleaning solution into the package.
A new tray stacker is part of Furman's $3.5 million renovation made to three packaging lines. The system stacks five trays in tw
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Furman polishes up brightstock packing

Furman Foods increases output with a new depalletizer, tray packer, tray stacker, film wrapper, and shrink tunnel. Conveyors assist flow control to keep things running smoothly. 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
Southeast Canners uses the machine (above) to open a paperboard carrier, load 12-oz cans into it, then seal it shut.
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Pepsi co-op is first to employ 'Radar'

Southeast Canners improves efficiency on a can line with a newly developed computer hardware/software system that allows 24-hr/day access to production data via a secured Web site.
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Downtime shrinks with new wrappers

When Georgia-Pacific needed to speed up wrapping rates for its 9” Dixie paper plates, management picked servo-driven, side-seal shrink wrappers that maintain high speed and tight registration.
The personnel involved in the expansion were (inset, L to R) Sargento's Jay Nolte, distribution center manager; Jim Gillman, fir
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Wrapper stretches Sargento output

Sargento supplements a well-liked workhorse stretch wrapper with a system that’s 30% faster and also saves on film.
Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
Frame-mounted 4-axis robot uses vacuum cups to assemble cases of cartoned milk three at a time.
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'Cool' robot palletizes three-up

A robot at Schroeder Milk palletizes cases from three lines in up to three different configurations at a time using specialized tooling to handle cases, pallets or slipsheets. System replaces manual palletization.
For its foodservice business, Mother Parker's sells bags of ground coffee under its own name as well as for brands it contract p
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Paired vf/f/s equipment 'brews' foodservice packs

By adding two vf/f/s machines, Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee meets growing sales demand for small bags of ground coffee sold primarily to restaurants and hotels.