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Cross-feed conveyors receive product from a distribution conveyor for direct delivery to the combination scales. Shown here is t
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Fire gives snack baker a clean slate

Fire claimed Pretzels, Inc.'s Indiana headquarters plant on Christmas Eve '97. By the following August, a new plant with a streamlined packaging room had risen from the ashes.
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MRM/Elgin Corp.: Rotary piston filler

The Model RPF from MRM Elgin (Menomonie, WI) is a rotary piston filler for glass, metal or plastic containers. It fills liquids up to highly viscous personal care products.
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REB, Inc: Filling system

The Model IVS-10 in-line piston filling system from REB (Menomonie, WI) fills less than 1 oz or as much as 1 L with accuracy within ±0.5% of the specified fill weight.
The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
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Oden Corporation: Dual-lane filler

The Gen3 Pro/Fill 3000 from Oden Corp. (Buffalo, NY) is a fully automatic in-line liquid filling system that provides the speeds of a rotary filler, the flexibility of an in-line filling system and quick, no-tool changeovers in 15 to 20 min.
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Sig Beverages/Simonazzi: Sig Beverages/Simonazzi: Bottle-transfer starwheel

Sasib Food & Beverage Machinery (Parma, Italy) has developed the Simonazzi Universal glass/PET bottle transfer starwheel system for quick changeover.
Specialty films help the unusual Flexible Ice reusable ice product withstand multiple freeze/thaw cycles and the rigors of trans
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Film's flexibility fits ice packs

Puncture-resistant film protects Forever Ice's 'reusable' ice to withstand repeated freezing and thawing. A custom tf/f/s machine improves efficiency.
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Serac Inc: Filling systems literature

Serac (Carol Stream, IL) has introduced new product literature on its complete line of modular, in-line filling and capping equipment for the cosmetics, perfume and personal care industries.
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Kalish, a member of DT Industries Packaging Group: Leaflet placer

The Rotosert Leaflet Placer from Kalish Packaging Systems (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) can insert, outsert or topsert on the same machine at speeds to 120/min.
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Parker Hannifin Corporation: Parker Hannifin Corporation: Instructional CD-ROM

Parker Hannifin, Compumotor Div. (Rohnert Park, CA), has introduced "Virtual Classroom," a free CD-ROM for engineers and integrators of electronic motion control equipment.
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European Packaging Machinery, Inc: Cap/container turner

To orient non-round bottles and caps, European Packaging Machinery (Tennent, NJ) has developed a cap and container turning system that detects a piece's position by locating a distinguishing characteristic such as a recess, label, thread, bar code, etc.
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Convenience Food Systems: Convenience Food Systems: Versatile food packager

The Tiromat Powerpak from Convenience Food Systems (Avon, MA) makes standard flexible vacuum packages, rigid conventional gas-flushed packages and skin packs.
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TriEnda Corp.: Returnable shipping system

The Tote Pak, a returnable shipping system from TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI), cost-effectively increases assembly line and shipping efficiency. The system consists of identical top and bottom HDPE pallets and injection-molded HDPE totes that come in a variety of sizes depending on customer needs.
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Arrowhead Conveyor: Ionized air rinser

Arrowhead Conveyor's (Oshkosh, WI) Ionized Air Rinser cleans empty glass, PET or composite containers prior to filling, using ionized air instead of water.
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TURCK, Inc: Proximity sensor

Turck's (Plymouth, MN) Bi50-CP80 long-range proximity sensor offers a range of up to 50 mm. It functions even when embedded in steel to protect against impact.

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