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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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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.
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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.
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.
The first inspection checks the pizzas for any damage following shrink wrapping;
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Double vision for pizza improves

On three frozen pizza lines, Frozen Specialties upgrades to six Ethernet-linked machine-vision systems to check for damaged pizzas and unsealed carton flaps. See in-plant video
Frozen Specialties Inc.: Cartoned pizza inspection
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Frozen Specialties Inc.: Cartoned pizza inspection

The second, downstream system from Cognex checks the cartoned pizza's two end flaps for seal integrity, as seen in this overhead view. This setup features below-conveyor backlighting. Monitor shows each pizza carton image as it is analyzed by measuring it across three segments to within 1/8"" accuracy.

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