CRISP PRINT. Operations and Marketing professionals alike are impressed with the clean, crisp print now carried on the labels since the new laser coding systems (shown) were installed.
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New look and laser coding for Baileys

Diageo produces up to 7 million cases of Baileys cream liqueur each year. A striking new design featuring pressure-sensitive labels is aimed squarely at the brand’s 'adorers.'
TWO PALLETS. Each of Lorillard’s 16 robotic palletizers is fed by two packaging lines, with the robot building two pallets at one time corresponding to the two lines.
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Eighteen robotic palletizers ensure quality at tobacco company

Lorillard Tobacco Co. installs 18 robotic palletizers to speed the in-house identification of nonconforming product and enable product tracking for 40 billion cigarettes/yr.
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Hirzel doubles down on aseptics

This fourth-generation Ohio marketer of tomato products believes there is a certain segment of U.S. consumers who want a package format other than a can.
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.
Print-and-apply  labeling systems throughout Crunch Pak’s plant produce labels like these, which play a key role in the firm’s ability to comply with the Produce Traceability Initiative.
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Healthy snacks, compliant packaging

Crunch Pak perfects GTIN coding and high-speed labeling of its sliced apple products using a networked printing solution that has also brought about some cost savings.
Innovation-driven dairy CAPSA is the first to launch a new combination carton bottle package for its new line of value-added, functional aseptic milk products.
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Spanish dairy debuts first aseptic 'carton bottle'

Innovation-driven dairy CAPSA is the first to launch a new combination carton bottle package for its new line of value-added, functional aseptic milk products.
Nonni’s packs eight- and 10-count cartons and tubs of its Italian-style biscotti dunking cookies in a range of flavors at its Ferndale, NY, facility.
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Case packer provides 'phenomenal' uptime for biscotti baker

Nonni’s Foods installs a wraparound case packer for its boxed biscotti products, resulting in increased production and flexibility, and consistent product presentation.
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Compostable coffee bags make North American debut

Two North American coffee roasting companies have launched fully compostable coffee bags to support their eco-friendly commitments.
The vertical form/fill/seal system produces 30+ bags of cut lettuce and cabbage per minute.
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VF/F/S and weigh-scale system targets foodservice markets

VF/F/S and weigh-scale system targets foodservice markets Fresh-cut produce specialist and wholesale distributor J&J Distributing installs new packaging line to expand customer base.
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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Blow/fill aseptic line—small footprint, big impact

Italian beverage producer Paradiso SpA can now ship aseptically filled PET bottles of teas, isotonic drinks, and other beverages along with its mineral waters and soft drinks.
Goya Foods of Florida packs 66 SKUs of dry beans, including some of the varieties shown.
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Automation at Goya supports growing bean business

A new Miami, FL, distribution center and dry-bean packing facility produces 1 million cases of bagged beans per year using three fully automated packaging lines.
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Shearer's Foods' Other partners

Opened in two phases in 2010 and 2011, Shearer’s Foods’ Massillon plant adheres to sustainable principles and leverages dynamic software solutions to optimize efficiency.
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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.
IN THE BAG. Lancaster Foods packages fresh produce for both retail and foodservice markets.
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Fresh produce packer opts for f/f/s bagging

Installs two vertical form/fill/seal machines to optimize operating flexibilities.
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Nuts about new weigher/bagger

Custom combo system serves up targeted operating and cost efficiencies.
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Small-character ink-jet printer tackles co-pack challenge

‘Intuitive’ printer interface alerts to potential problems and sets troubleshooting tools in motion.
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New BIB wine line toasts tried-and-true technologies

Mission Bell Winery’s 5-L bag-in-box wine line serves as a blueprint for a new 3-L line that provides ‘outstanding’ sterility, ergonomics, and productivity.
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Popcorn packaging production proliferates

Dale and Thomas shifts into high gear with new facility, new baggers.
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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.
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Automated pack line aids successful company launch

Organic cereal processor carefully selects bag f/f/s, cup-filling, and case-packing equipment to optimize new plant efficiencies.
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Unilever gets a boost from Robotics

 Quick-change versatility and a boost in throughput are two of the benefits gained since a four-robot packaging cell was installed at this Unilever meat plant in Germany.
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A 'key' improvement

One of the biggest improvements for Martin’s latest pair of thermal-transfer coders installed in fall 2006 is also among the smallest in size.
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Martin's makes ink and coding concerns disappear

Thermal-transfer printers on baggers at Martin’s snacks improve legibility and accuracy, lower labor costs, and provide coding flexibility.
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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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Reborn in the U.S.A.

Packaging quality issues and counterfeiting in Taiwan lead Revolution Tea to produce its teas in the United States, where new cartons tout unusual packaging.
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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.
WELL INTEGRATED. The bagging lines feature precisely coordinated conveyors, feeders, weigh scales, baggers, metal detectors, and
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Integrated system boosts efficiencies

Richmond Baking meets upgraded speed and capacity goals by installing six new v/f/f/s bagging lines.
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Forging ahead with low-acid aseptics

Aseptic Solutions is poised to become just the second beverage manufacturer in the U.S. capable of filling milk-based, low-acid products on a high-speed rotary filler.
DISPENSING ACTUATOR. Lake Consumer Products' line of three colorful Beyond Fresh Intimates feminine hygiene products are sold in
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CP's eleventh-hour remedies work for Wal-Mart

Lake Consumer Products establishes new filling line to deliver innovative feminine hygiene package for the retail giant.
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Shrink bundler cuts costs, pumps up productivity

Contract packer installs in-line flight bar bundler to simplify secondary packing of aerosol products.
'Hybrid' packs of surgical drapes are produced on a thermoform/fill/seal line in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
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10 ways 'hybrid' package awards Cardinal Health

Used to package drapes (and soon gowns), a flexible tray combines the stacking and loading benefits of a pouch with a premade bag’s linear tear opening and venting advantages.
Thirty laser coders are spread evenly across three Midwest Poultry plants' including its main facility.
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'Eggsact' carton coding

Midwest Poultry’s 30 laser coders improve ease of use, efficiency, and uptime while etching a precise, permanent mark. See video
Standing in front of the eight-head piston filler, a PharmaFab employee monitors production on the company's new liquid 
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PharmaFab's line delivers 'fab' results

Integrator helps contract manufacturer PharmaFab quickly start up a new liquid pharmaceutical filling line. The results: faster speeds, less product giveaway, and quicker changeovers.
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
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Sleeve-labeled milk bottle makes a 'Happy Meal' for McDonald's

McDonald’s doubled its milk sales with last summer’s rollout of 8-oz milks in HDPE bottles. The switch from gable-top cartons prompted significant changes at participating dairies.
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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.
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Innovative pouch filler installed at Jel Sert

Jel Sert Co. recently installed a new filling and capping machine for its line of athletic rehydration beverages packaged in unique spouted pouches.
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Injecting an innovative packaging solution

Syringe maker Safety 1st Medical relied heavily on suppliers for help in designing an automated packaging solution for its unique syringes.
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
Individual carton blanks are drawn out of a magazine by a belt friction feeder and then held flat by a vacuum belt conveyor.
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Baldwin streamlines carton supply

A batch printing system for folding cartons at Baldwin Filters cuts inventory dramatically and yields big savings in the cost of materials. Estimated payback is one year.See in-plant video
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.
F-style HDPE bottles index around this 10-station indexing filler-capper, which fills agrichemical liquids at several stations b
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Filler-capper grows savings

Agrichemical products maker Micro Flo adds a 10-station indexing filler-capper for liquids that replaces older equipment. Benefits include labor savings, speed and output increases, and reduced product giveaway.See in-plant video
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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? 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
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
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
The rotary filler (top) is driven by a motor capable of handling Robson's viscous spun honey. A slight indentation in each bottl
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Robson's assembles a honey of a line

Filling, capping and labeling jars of honey by hand was too slow at this Arizona honey maker, especially with new markets on the horizon. Automated machinery was the answer
The top portion of the Squish-Pak! bottle's two-piece closure is removed (below left), revealing the "sipper  protrusion" that m
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Suiza dairy touts 'squishy' bottle

A soft LDPE bottle and ‘sipper protrusion’ make it easy for kids to hold and drink single-serve milks. Suiza’s Country Fresh dairy introduces two distinct brands of milk in the containers.