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ID Technology: Clamshell labeler

Label clamshell packages off-line, on-line or semi-automatically with systems from ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX). Systems use an infeed hopper to hold and dispense empty clamshells onto a conveyor for label application.
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FP International: Void-fill machine

The compact FastTrack Benchmate paper machine from FP Intl. (Redwood City, CA) is available mounted on a sturdy worktable or a steel-frame stand. Machine can be used on high-speed conveyor pack lines or in off-line packaging operations to crumple and cut kraft paper at speeds to 270’/min for void fill.
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Free conveyor catalog

A new free 154-page catalog from Dorner Mfg. Corp. (Hartland, WI) contains all the latest updates on its entire line of conveyors, including the 3200 and Modular Plastic Belt (MPB) Series, both of which debuted this spring.
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Fogg Filler Co.: Filling system

Fogg Filler (Holland, MI) introduces the Fill-Pro 5000 Series filling system for the liquid bottling and packaging market. Machine is available for gravity or pressure gravity filling, or it can be specified with flow meters for non-contact, metered filling.
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Emplex Systems Inc: Automated bagging system

Emplex (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) introduces the Emplex Bag Station automated bagging system. Machinery is built for the automated filling and sealing of any style wicketed bag.
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ID Technology: Corner label options

ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX) offers a heavy-duty option for application of a label to a case corner. Attachment can be integrated with label printer/applicators as well as decorative label applicators.
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Columbia Machine: Conveyor infeed system

Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) introduces a heavy-duty conveyor infeed system designed to palletize bulky shrink-wrapped phone books. The floor-level configuration replaces manual stacking lines in publishing plants where heavy books can cause muscle strain and repetitive motion injuries.
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Eriez Magnetics: Checkweigher and metal detector

Eriez (Erie, PA) expanded its line of E-Z Tec® metal detectors to include detector/in-motion checkweigher system. Systems provide an accurate method for production line quality control in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
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Robotic palletizer at North Side

Editor’s Note: This article is a sidebar to the feature story North Side super-sizes packaging value that ran in the July issue of Packaging World, p.
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
North Side: Weighing and filling of frozen beef patties
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North Side: Weighing and filling of frozen beef patties

Bag filling begins at the Ohlson four-head bulk-and-dribble scale, which has frozen patties conveyed to it directly from a spiral freezer.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water

A low-level palletizer loads tray packs onto a sweep platform that delivers full layers onto the pallet.
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Lepel Corporation: Induction cap sealer

The CSplus induction capsealing system from Lepel (Waukesha, WI), said to be the first self-cooled system with no fans, no water, and no moving parts, now provides a motion sensing option.
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Shuttleworth, Inc: Conveyor

The Easy Clean Slip-Torque® conveyor from Shuttleworth (Huntington, IN) is designed to reduce the surfaces where contaminants can collect to permit easy, thorough cleaning.
In this example, the Thruput Calculator estimates a 19% gain in output after adding two buffer stations.
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Online calculator conveys throughput gains

Web site uses mathematical algorithms to determine the most efficient place to install buffering conveyors.

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