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Rhino Foods is relying on artwork by a prominent Vermont artist to help its Chessters frozen cookie sandwiches cut through the
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Carton takes Chessters to supermarket freezers

Rhino Foods of Burlington, VT, had a nice little business going with Chessters, a frozen chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich named after a Chesapeake Bay retriever.
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Packing process grows on Teixeira Farms

California produce grower lengthens lettuce shelf life and saves material costs by switching from waxed cases to a bag-in-box configuration.
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Imaging Technology Inc: Ink-jet printer

For use with small- to medium-sized operations, the Marksman(TM) 2020 from ITI (Cookeville, TN) is said to be the first ink-jet printing system capable of printing on both porous and nonporous surfaces simultaneously.
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ID Technology: Ink-jet system with reject station

I.D. Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) has designed a custom high-resolution ink-jet coding system that prints, scans and verifies bar codes on two sides of a case or carton.
A pallet load of Canadian Club rides along a roller conveyor towards stretch wrapping. Palletization and stretch wrapping tasks
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Conveyors bridge the gap for Hiram Walker

Conveyors carry cases of glass-bottled spirits over a bridge for palletization and stretch wrapping. That saves this Canadian distiller more than $500ꯠ per year.
Amway bought an unusual press to produce high-quality p-s labels, such as for these laundry products
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P-s label press mixes it up

Amway has been using the narrow-web press since March '97 to print p-s labels for bottles of laundry products, kitchen cleaners and car care products.
Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
One applicator arm applies two separate labels to the end of each case (top, opposite page) and the side (left
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Corner-wrap labeling without the wrap

A pair of easy-to-use adjacent-panel labelers each relies on one applicator arm to apply two separate labels, reducing material costs compared to corner wrap labels.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
Bottles are conveyed up and into the bowl of the unscrambler thanks to a feeder that Ledge Rock had fabricated locally. The sam
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Water bottling line completed by farmer

To bottle its spring water in volume, Wisconsin farmer uses creativity to complete an automated bottling line. Homemade feeders and some change parts help keep total costs low.
The white roller on a swinging extension arm smoothes down the front of the label even as the case moves forward (above). Cases
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Dual-panel labeling saves General Time

A dual-panel corner-wrap labeler saves $50ꯠ per year over hand labeling and eliminates cumbersome preprinted label inventory.
Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.
Cases are conveyed between the uncaser and the infeed carousel of the case balancing system (left). One of the two photoeyes sho
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'Houston, We have no problem!'

Anheuser-Busch's Houston plant brews efficiency on three glass bottling lines with automated systems that accumulate cases and deliver them on demand to case packers.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
Sealing jaws heat-seal the two side edges from the bottom up through the ultrasonically-sealed top zipper area before a cut-off
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition

Five new hf/f/s machines allow Heinz to switch from pillow packs to stand-up, resealable zipper pouches for its Pup-Peroni and Jerky Treats dog snacks.

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