Machinery

Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
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Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
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Garvey Corporation: Carton stand-up device

Model 21 Carton Stand-up Device from Garvey (Blue Anchor, NJ) continuously reorients cartons or cases exiting a horizontal cartoner. Offering completely variable speed, it runs from 20- to 300-plus cartons/min.
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Auto Labe: Labeler

Auto Labe's (Fort Pierce, FL) Model 620 p-s labeler can be configured to place labels on containers 1" to 6" in diameter or to partially wrap labels around square or rectangular containers at speeds to 150 ppm.
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Combi Packaging Systems LLC: Hand packer

The Ergopack from Combi America (Canton, OH) combines a case erector, pack station and sealer in a compact work cell. Originally designed for the meat industry, the Ergopack is adaptable to many different products and frees the operator from erecting and sealing cases by hand.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch

From depalletizing to shipping, nearly identical packaging equipment on two new lines boosts efficiency at the brewer's Houston, TX, plant.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch (sidebar)

Putting the wraps on A-B's lines
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Clarification

Omitted in the October story on Natural Glacial Waters, p. 34, was Priority One Packaging (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Priority One engineered the line layout and integration and supplied conveyors and an accumulation table on the line.
A Steelcase operator pulls a length of reinforced gummed tape from a dispenser for application to a box at the office furniture
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Tape machines secure Steelcase shipments

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase takes a hands-on approach to prevent product damage during distribution.
Arotating plate ?broadcasts? or spreads yeast into a bisected funnel (above, inset) that channels the flow of yeast into two ja
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Jar line is a royal flush

Universal Foods' Red Star Yeast Div. boosts production five-fold with a new jar line. Nitrogen flushing consistently reduces headspace oxygen below 1%.
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Controls for a complex system

The entire operation of the MS700 bowl filling/lidding system running at Sanfilippo is tightly controlled by a SLC 504 programmable logic controller from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI).
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Jar line is a royal flush (sidebar)

Drop packer provides smooth operation
Near the head of the line, the black bowls in their carrier plates pass beneath the twin hoppers (left) of the filling station.
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Nut bowl offers microwavability and more

Plastic bowl for nuts and snacks is microwavable, reclosable and convenient. Barrier materials extend shelf life, and footed bottom allows stand-up on-shelf display.
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Cellulose film is a star

Candy maker Bonbons Napoleon NV has started packaging its sweets in UCB Films' (Smynra, GA) Star-Twist(TM) 315 XC.

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