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Machinery

Bagging & Form/fill/seal

Brick packs of a rice-based beverage, in production on the day of PW's visit, move through the automatic case packer.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP

Two new aseptic lines are capable of filling either 500-mL or 1-L brick pack cartons. FIFO accumulation system and remote robotic palletizing also shine.
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J&J Manufacturing Company: Vf/f/s system

J&J (Beaumont, TX) now offers the Mira-Pak Saturn line of vf/f/s machinery. Operating at speeds to 120 bags/min, several models offer bag widths from 3” to 14”, pneumatic operation, LCD display and key pad, and automatic film tracking to detect necessary adjustments.
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Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Imprinter

Bell-Mark Sales (Pine Brook, NJ) announces the US-4300 one-piece imprinter for vertical or horizontal f/f/s packaging machines. Designed for 125 high-quality prints/min, print size can be as small as 6 points and is designed for many colors and surfaces.
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All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: Vf/f/s bagging system

All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY) introduces Packmaster 2001, a vf/f/s bagging system designed to create, fill, seal, and discharge bags ranging from 8”x12” to 1”x1”.
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Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc: Checkweigher with feedback system

Designed for form/fill/seal applications that use the company’s Servo 3500 auger filler, Spee-Dee’s (Sturtevant, WI) Check Weigh Feedback System works off-line to send weight data back to the auger.
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Sandiacre Packaging Machinery: Intermittent vf/f/s

Sandiacre’s (Lancaster, PA) intermittent vf/f/s packaging machines can produce block bottom, gabletop clear poly bags, which are a new trend in potato packaging.
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Aline Heat Seal Corporation: Bulk-bag sealer

The 97-sq” sealer from Aline (Santa Fe Springs, CA) seals and cuts plastic films as thick as 32 mils, using repeatable and verifiable temperature controls.
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UVA Packaging: Vf/f/s system

The Model 400i/cs vf/f/s system from UVA Packaging (Richmond, VA) is flexible enough to package food and nonfood products in a variety of bag styles.
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.
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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs

Manufacturer relies on modified atmosphere packaging for its line of convenience store sandwiches.
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology (sidebar)

More complex structures, too
One of Calhoun's new vf/f/s lines automates packaging from roll stock to manual case packing. Some examples of Calhoun Bend Mill
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology

Beginning a decade ago, Calhoun Bend Mill started with simple packaging equipment, went through a rebuild upgrade and now has two new vf/f/s machines for bags of its food mixes.
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Prodo-Pak Corp.: Vertical f/f/s system

Operating at speeds to 200 pouches/min, the PV 214PS4 vertical f/f/s system from Prodo-Pak (Garfield, NJ) creates 2 to 4 pillow or 3-side-sealed pouches every cycle.
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Cloud Packaging Equipment: Servo-driven pouching machine

With servo drives at the registration roll, vertical sealer, web feed roll, tucking roll, filler wheel, and top sealer, the ServOriginal pouching system from Cloud (Des Plaines, IL) has replaced mechanical parts that need regular maintenance, can become misaligned, and may be difficult to clean.
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Oystar Jones: Form/fill/seal system

The continuous-motion Pouch King 2000 horizontal f/f/s system from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) features low profile and lift-up guarding for easy machinery access.

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