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Platinum Packaging Inc.: Friction feeding for gift box blanks
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Platinum Packaging Inc.: Friction feeding for gift box blanks

Contract packager Platinum Packaging employs nearly 50 Longford friction feeders that deliver gift box blanks from a magazine onto a lugged conveyor for downstream shrink wrapping. Feeders can also be set up to deliver calendars to a plow so that another downstream feeder can insert a paperboard card into the calendar. Dong so helps provide rigidity to the calendar after it's shrink-wrapped.
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Poore: Weigh scales for salty snacks
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Poore: Weigh scales for salty snacks

Cross-feeder conveyors deliver snacks to Ishida 14-head weigh scales from Heat and Control. Individual load cells measure the weight of product in the scales. Integrated controls are used to select the right combination of buckets to release an accurate amount of product into a bottom-sealed tube of film.
Poore: Snack line conveying to f/f/s
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Poore: Snack line conveying to f/f/s

At Poore Brothers, three FastBack conveyors from Heat and Control carry snacks from three fryers to downstream vertical form/fill/seal machines.
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Wireless ink-jet coding

A switch from hand-applied, preprinted labels on corrugated shippers to large-character ink-jet printing is reducing labor costs and improving security measures at the Great Northern Wholeaves operation of produce grower/marketer Mills Inc.
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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Customized conveying

Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. offers a variety of conveying systems tailored to product handling and floor plan requirements, including mergers, diverters, and dividers.
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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Sanitary conveyor platform

Dorner offers the AquaPruf line, its newest platform of sanitary, washdown conveyors. Line consists of the 7200 Series and 7300 Series engineered for specific strengths within the food, medical, and pharmaceutical industries.
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Cooler infeed

The ICwedge cooler infeed system is a continuous-motion, low backpressure, single-file to mass-flow transfer system that utilizes the rotating motion of multiple wedges to form and transfer rows of containers into a mass-flow cooler.
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Tropicana's juiced about aseptic bottle filling line (sidebar)

Downstream efficiency
WeserGold: Sterilizing/filling/transporting/discharging for aseptic PET juice bottling line
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WeserGold: Sterilizing/filling/transporting/discharging for aseptic PET juice bottling line

PET bottle exteriors are sterilized with vaporized hydrogen peroxide during a summer test run on a new aseptic bottling line at WeserGold’s plant in Rinteln, Germany.
Tropicana Europe: Air conveying/filling/accumulating/labeling/tray packing on aseptic filling lin
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Tropicana Europe: Air conveying/filling/accumulating/labeling/tray packing on aseptic filling lin

At Tropicana Europe’s new plant in Zeebrugge, Belgium, PET bottles are air-conveyed from depalletization to a new aseptic line from Procomac Industries.
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Rockwell Automation: Rockwell Automation: Hf/f/s pouching system

New hf/f/s pouching system from Advantage Control Systems, in conjunction with Southern Packaging Machinery, comes with 3 servo motors and an Allen-Bradley Contrologix processor from Rockwell Automation.
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Enercon Industries Corp.: Seal inspection

Enercon offers the ESP monitoring device to assist packagers in determining the performance and consistency of their induction sealing system. Unit measures and quantifies the performance or effectiveness of the induction field produced by a cap sealer.
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Small package checkweighers

Thompson Scale introduces two types of small-package checkweighers; drag chain for rigid containers, and belt conveyor for flexible and unstable products.
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Intermediate checkweigher

Thompson Scale offers its 4693i Intermediate Checkweigher designed for institutional and packaged food manufacturing, specialty chemical, and corrosive or caustic product industries.
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Heavy-duty checkweigher

Thompson Scale offers its Model 4693 Heavy-Duty Checkweigher with weight ranges from 10-300lb. Machine is designed for harsh, abusive, dirty environments such as those found in the cement, concrete, soil, bark, and carbon black products industries.

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