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Quick-change overwrapper

Digital Media Automation (Poway, CA) introduces its Super Overwrapper with electronic microprocessor timing and control, versus mechanically driven cams, levers, and linkages.
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Label applicator

The 3M-Matic Side/Top Label Applicator SA2000 prints crisp images with variable information using Scotch® Printable Label Tape, then accurately applies it to the side or top of a shipping carton.
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Shrink wrapper

The Flexo 500S shrink-wrapping system requires minimal floor space and no compressed air, and it features quick changeover time with no need for tools.
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Internet Packaging Products & Systems: Case tapers

Internet Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has improved its Champion series of case tapers to include stainless steel rollers with precision bearings and tape heads with ¼” steel face plates.
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Bett Sistemi Srl: Linked carriage positioner

Bett Sistemi (Correggio, Italy) introduces its Robolift line of linked carriage positioners for simplifying container infeed alignment in bundling, multipacking, cartoning, or tray-packing machines.
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Rock-Tenn Company: Semi-automatic multipacker

Rock-Tenn (Norcross, GA) has introduced the EagleWrap™, a semi-automatic multipacker for small-run applications including variety and promotional packs.
Golden State Vintners: Case packing of wine bottles
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Golden State Vintners: Case packing of wine bottles

Model Flex 835 case packer from Hartness (Greenville, SC). It's preceded by a Hartness three-lane infeed section that relies on sensors to signal a gating device which lanes are in need of bottles.
Janes Family Foods: Right-angle setup for case sealing
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Janes Family Foods: Right-angle setup for case sealing

At Janes’ Concord, Ontario, Canada plant, this carton sealer from Bradma-Lake is set up on a right angle to save space. The top flap is closed and sealed with hot melt adhesive dispensed by a Nordson hot-melt system as the carton conveys along the first conveyor “leg.” At the end of this leg, a stationary bar pushes the carton 90° along the second leg to seal the carton’s sides.
Gray & Company: Case sealing at candy manufacturer
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Gray & Company: Case sealing at candy manufacturer

Cases are discharged from the loader to the Wexxar Model WSH-06 case sealer. The filled cases discharge from the robot and round a short conveyor section to the sealer.
Gray & Company: Case loading for candy producer
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Gray & Company: Case loading for candy producer

Two cases are indexed into position and are pneumatically tilted away from the robot to facilitate loading. After the cases are half filled by the Wexxar machine, with 16-oz cartons, a corrugated divider is inserted before additional rows are loaded to complete the cases. The robot picks and places these cartons at a rate of 60/min.
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Marden Edwards, Inc: Marden Edwards, Inc: Overwrapping machine

Marden Edwards (Antioch, CA) offers the new Series 4 overwrapping machine. Increased simplicity and quick changeovers are benefits of this compact, modular overwrapper.
Automatic magazine loaders relieve workers of a strenuous job at one major household products manufacturer.
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Ergonomics guides give packaging a lift

New voluntary guidelines from OSHA should give packaging departments added leverage with upper management.
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Labeler and tray packer meet for the first time

Janssen Pharmaceutical, Beerse, Belgium, has installed a high-speed labeler that automatically feeds product into a tray packer without any need for manual handling between the two packaging operations. According to the company, this integration is the first of its kind in Europe.
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Pack Expo Video: "Soft convection" shrink tunnel

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: To ensure a uniform distribution of heat to produce an attractive, consistent shrink package, Lantech (Louisville, KY) introduced a “soft convection” shrink tunnel designed to eliminate dog ears and wrinkles. See video clip of this machine
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Video coverage of Pack Expo 2002

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: Packaging World Editors shot video footage of eight packaging machines on the show floor. See video clips

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