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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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McKesson is among the first in the U.S. to use this handled six-pack bundle (left); the Crystal brand is one of three sold by th
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Six-pack bundles get a handle on water market

In its new bottling line, McKesson Water tries a six-pack concept common in Europe but still new to the U.S. Shrink wrapping and tray-packing also shine.
An operator examines operating performance on the touchscreen display of Interbrew?s new bottle-stacking multipacker
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Multipacks double the ante for bottles

A European brewer is first to offer two-layer multipacks for glass bottles. The tall 24- and 30-packs present more graphic billboard area and permit easier handling for consumers.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
Customized end-of-arm tooling delivers a layer of cases onto a waiting pallet. Shown in the inset are 3 of the 7 carton sizes
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Dialing in automated palletizing

The Dial Corp. automated its palletizing operation at the same time it revised the format of its dryer sheets. Labor costs and product damage have both been reduced.
Here an operator has entered the intervention suit to make an adjustment in the area of the filler. The suit makes such adjustme
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Del Monte marries aseptic filling to sterile blow molding

By integrating sterile bottle making with aseptic filling, Del Monte Foods eliminates chemical sterilization of PET bottles prior to aseptic filling. New in-line bottle blowing and filling system permits replacement of costly heat-set PET bottles purchase
The gearing on the orbital wrapper resembles that which is used on the gun turret of an armored tank, so it?s no wonder that rug
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Orbital wrapper contains costs for EPS molder

As the cost of corrugated climbed steadily last year, this producer of EPS sheets used in the building industry found an orbital stretch wrapper that was made to order.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
As shown in two views (above), boxed faucets emerge bundled in film as they discharge from an automatic shrink wrapping machine
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Bundlers shrink Price Pfister's material expenses

By shrink bundling boxed faucets rather than packing them into a corrugated master shipper, Price Pfister saves on material costs, while increasing efficiency and freeing up warehouse space.
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Packagers still seeking help on electronic components

Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
Filled bags of pre-mix antibiotics (such as the one at left) convey to a manual inspection station (above) where production asso
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning

Automated set up, packing and labeling of cartons containing antibiotic I.V. bags saves Baxter Healthcare nearly $2 million/year in labor and material costs.
One key to wrapping six somewhat unstable lightweight bottles is a movable bridge that transports the bottle group as they?
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Chesebrough 'raves' about new bundler

Dual-lane shrink bundler for six-packs of Rave hairspray allows plant to run line at 200+ bpm, and higher speeds are being considered. New handling features cut downtime.
Mechanical grippers mounted on a continuously moving chain pick the reclosable pour spouts from an infeed chute and, after runni
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