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Training tomorrow's technicians

Here’s what three technical colleges are doing to help prepare both incoming students and current workers for the next generation of packaging machinery.
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Douglas Machine Inc: Shrink wrapper and stacker

Douglas offers its Contour™ Series S-30 shrink wrapper and Velocity™ servo cartoner stacker. The Contour is equipped with a scalable heat tunnel with heat and airflow management that ensures excellent "bull's eyes" and minimum graphic distortion.
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Solvay participates in pharma vendor alliance (sidebar)

Solvay Pharmaceuticals is believed to be the first pharmaceutical firm to test a packaging concept as part of a new global strategic alliance between Stora Enso and Robert Bosch.
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Passing data horizontally from processing to packaging

Treating processing and packaging as disjointed tasks hurts efficiency and retards speed to market. New views of controls and integration could bring the two closer together.
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.: Wrapping, stacking and pouching of carded vials
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Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.: Wrapping, stacking and pouching of carded vials

Vials in card form are stacked and then pouched via a Sinlon S.L. Package Machine flow wrapper, represented in the U.S. by Marpak. After precise weighing on a Hi-Speed Checkweigher machine to confirm pouch counts, the pouches travel on a conveyor section to where they are manually inspected before cartoning.
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PIAB USA Inc: Suction cups

Piab offers a new line of suction cups made with a polyurethane material that combines the soft elasticity of rubber with the wear-resistance of polyurethane.
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Econocorp Inc: Cartoner

Econocorp offers its Econoseal Pegasus cartoner that offers a combination of large size range with speeds of 120 containers/min, all in a smaller footprint.
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Bradman-Lake Inc: Servo-driven cartoner

Bradman-Lake offers its SL904 fully-automatic servo-driven cartoner that runs at 185 containers/min. With up to 14 separate servo motors driving every function, system is synchronized by an industrial PC and is controlled via touchscreen panel.
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Marchesini Group: Pharmaceutical cartoner

Available from Marchesini Packaging Machinery, the MA 150 Cartoner accommodates a wide range of pharmaceutical products and components. GMP-friendly and available in intermittent- and continuous-motion models, featuring balcony design for ease of operator use, full accessibility, and simplified component reconciliation.
A single integrated controller (below) governs both the combination scale and the bagger (above) in Triangle's newer scale/bagge
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From custom to off-the-shelf controllers

Triangle Package Machinery routinely installs scale/bagger/cartoner systems for food manufacturers and other packaged goods marketers. Until recently, the scale and bagger in such an installation would have one controls platform and the cartoner another.
Schering-Plough: Cartoning and checkweighing of blister packs
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Schering-Plough: Cartoning and checkweighing of blister packs

Individual blister packs are mechanically fed into a flighted conveyor that brings them a short distance downstream to where they are inserted into folding cartons via a Marchesini cartoner. Thermal ink-jet coding, powered by Hewlett-Packard and supplied by Nutec, code inspection, also part of the Nutec system, and checkweighing (from Optima) all follow.
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Blister pack cartoning

The APS Robotic TigerPak System from Automated Production Systems packs as many as 80 blister strips/min into cartons. The vision-guided robot locates strips in any orientation, including right-side-up or upside-down, then picks them using APS custom tooling and places them into waiting cartons.
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Oystar Jones: Large-center cartoners

R.A. Jones offers flexible, cost-effective solutions with its new Meridian line of metric-designed, large center cartoners. Available with either 9” or 12” centers, both right-hand and left-hand configuration, and convenient small footprints of 16’ or less.
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Ultrasonic banding system helps save pharmaceutical company cash

When its shrinkwrapper proved too troublesome, pharmaceutical product manufacturer Guardian Drug Company purchased two new custom ATS CornerLine Automatic Banding machines from Wexler Packaging Products.

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