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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.
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.
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AS-i-Safe machine safety network

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: Pearson Packaging (Spokane, WA) displayed its R235 case erector and bottom sealer equipped with AS-i-Safe technology from Siemens Energy & Automation (Alpharetta, GA).
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Case packer for stand-up pouches

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: The Pec Pack Line enables end users to case pack stand-up pouches efficiently. The line begins with an extended-range Econoform tray former from Econocorp (Randolph, MA).
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Pack Expo video coverage: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches
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Pack Expo video coverage: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches

BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) demonstrated a servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine packing stand-up drink pouches into a corrugated display case at speeds of about 450 pouches/min, though the manufacturer says the machine can reach speeds to 500 pouches/min. Applications include liquid drink pouches and retortable pouches such as pet food. Accommodates multiple pack sizes, product sizes, and carton configurations. Manufacturer claims no changeover is required between varying products or pack configurations.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case packer

The Model 800 case packer from A-B-C (Tarpon Springs, FL) accommodates shrink-wrapped multipacks of bakery items and snack products. Case packer automatically accumulates product, case erects, packs, and seals at speeds to 25 cases/min.
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Hassia USA Inc: Robot for vertical cartoning

Hassia USA (Morganville, NJ) offers the A+F TwinLine Two-Axis Robot that is equipped with a gripper arm drive with 2 pairs of identical drive arms made from light-weight carbon fiber and driven by 2 servo-drive motors for vertical cartoning or case packing.
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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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Paperboard overwrapper

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: The PMC OW 800 overwrapping machine from Paper Machinery Corp. (Milwaukee, WI) wraps paperboard, lenticular, or holographic materials around paperboard or plastic containers.

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