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Weber Marking Systems, Inc.: Bottle Wrap Labeler
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Weber Marking Systems, Inc.: Bottle Wrap Labeler

Weber’s versatile Alpha 86 Bottle Wrap System provides fast and accurate positioning of full, overlap and partial-wraps of pressure-sensitive labels on cylindrical containers.
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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? See in-plant video
AIDCO International: Flexible robotic palletizing
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AIDCO International: Flexible robotic palletizing

AIDCO, a systems partner of KUKA, has developed the RoboticStar palletizing system to compliment its conventional palletizers and to provide customers a flexible automation solution for today’s competitive environment.
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A half-ton of hydraulic pressure compresses the loads an average of 4'' to tighten them for shipment (above) before the load con
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Printer presses onward with unitizing

Automatic weighing, strapping, and stretch-wrapping system unitizes loads of printed materials at Gazette Communications. Damage claims are reduced to zero.
Label-Aire: Label-Aire 3038 Printer Applicator with Stepper Tamp shown labeling products of rando
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Label-Aire: Label-Aire 3038 Printer Applicator with Stepper Tamp shown labeling products of rando

The Model 3038 with Stepper Tamp can print and apply labels to products of random sizes on the same conveyor line eliminating time-consuming positioning adjustments!
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Sealed Air's Instapak® protective packaging solution forms foam pads to lock Overstock.com's merchandise in place during ship
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Web plus: A dot-com looks for packaging solutions

Overstock.com offers a variety of name-brand surplus merchandise, such as toys, diamond rings, and TVs, for up to 70% off the retail price. Just like a catalog retailer, this Internet retailer must invest in quality packaging to ship products to consumers.
Weber Marking Systems, Inc.: Model 5100 Series Twin-Tamp Label Printer-Applicator
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Weber Marking Systems, Inc.: Model 5100 Series Twin-Tamp Label Printer-Applicator

Weber’s Model 5100 Twin-Tamp label printer-applicator combines a high-performace thermal/thermal-transfer label printer with a specially configured applicator to satisfy the printing and two-label, adjacent-panel application of carton labels in line.
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Pack Expo 2004: Accutower dynamic buffer system
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Pack Expo 2004: Accutower dynamic buffer system

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Krones is introducing the Accutower dynamic buffering system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, S-2466. In the Accutower, containers move on a conveyor that is arranged in the shape of a vertical spiral, requiring significantly less space than traditional buffer systems. Accutower is easily configured into existing lines. Other advantages include: *Processing of unusually-shaped containers; container orientation remains the same. *Bottle never leaves transport chain. *Chain is run on only two drive motors, resulting in less maintenance and less energy consumption.
Label-Aire: High-speed, wipe-on, pressure-sensitive labeler
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Label-Aire: High-speed, wipe-on, pressure-sensitive labeler

The NEW Label-Aire Model 3125 (shown in the video with existing conveyor, feedscrew and wrap belt) represents the ultimate in high-speed wipe-on pressure-sensitive labeling technology.
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Pack Expo 2004: Infinity Series 3-D accumulator
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Pack Expo 2004: Infinity Series 3-D accumulator

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Garvey introduces its Infinity Series 3-D accumulator at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth located at N-3813. Wrapping and bagging machines can deliver their output to a single Infinity 3-D, and the system will automatically discharge the packages of product (flow-wrapped packages, bags, trays, and cartons) – oriented – to one or more downstream machines. The system also provides accumulation between the upstream and downstream machines, dramatically increasing the overall throughput of the line. No complex mechanisms or controls are required. Packages are accumulated, oriented, and discharged via the natural flow dynamics of the machine.
Econocorp: Moderate-speed cartoning
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Econocorp: Moderate-speed cartoning

Moderate speed, intermittent-motion cartoner For moderate-speed cartoning applications (up to 2군 cartons/hr), the heavy-duty, mechanically driven Spartan runs paperboard or corrugated blends.
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Pack Expo 2004: Gripveyor conveyor system
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Pack Expo 2004: Gripveyor conveyor system

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Hartness offers its Gripveyor conveyor system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, N-3817. Conveyor system easily handles unstable, difficult-shaped bottles. Grippers grab bottles of product at their base, reducing jamming associated with air conveyors. Transport device allows for high-speed conveying of any shape plastic bottle. Conveyor system can be paired with the company’s Dynac accumulation system for seamless transport of product throughout a packaging line.
At Thorntons, the X-ray inspection system checks lidded boxes for contaminants and, through a software upgrade, chocolates that
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X-ray vision checks inside chocolates boxes

Thorntons in the U.K. uses X-ray scanning equipment to inspect foil-wrapped and boxed chocolates. Software upgrade detects missing chocolates.
A drawing of the line gives some idea of how many individual pieces of equipment must communicate with each other along the comm
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A line that's loaded with smarts

Latrobe Brewing Co.’s new line for 12-oz glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer is a textbook illustration of SCADA in action. Analysis of data is equally impressive.
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