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Avery Dennison Retail Information Systems (Printer Div.): Security labeling

Avery Dennison's (Philadelphia, PA) new EAS-720 prints and applies labels with electronic article surveillance circuitry to various packages and cartons.
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Schroeder Machines: Case packer

Operating at speeds to 30 cases/min, the Model 3000 robotic case packer from Schroeder (East Syracuse, NY) uses a linear pick-and-place device to transport light, unstable packages from the infeed conveyor to the section of the machine for pack pattern forming.
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Imtec, Inc: Label printer/applicator

The ApplyPro(TM) 140Xi Zebra-based label printer/applicator from Imtec (Bellows Falls, VT) prints all bar- code symbologies at resolutions of 203 to 300 dpi.
The monoblock rinser/filler/capper combines 24 rinsing heads, 24 fill nozzles and six capping stations in a compact frame
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Bringing a glacier to the consumer

On Vancouver Island, a brand new PET bottling line fed by an in-line stretch blow-molding machine is packaging right from a glacier some of the purest water on the planet.
On Valley's newest 200'-long labeling/sortation/collating line, cassettes, CDs and videos are manually loaded into the 10 dispen
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A new record for distributed control

Music distributor Valley Media cuts downtime by more than 50% on its newest labeling/sortation/collating line. A network of micro PLCs controls the line as well as gathers performance data to speed troubleshooting.
Redhook Ale Brewery?s Woodinville, WA, brewery reversed declining efficiency rates by putting engineers back on the bottling lin
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Packaging power struggle

When operators override control logic and take control of the line, how should the packaging engineering department react?
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What's critical in project documentation?

Documentation was easily the most valued service for turnkey providers. Here's what a variety of engineers seek at the end of projects.
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Emplex Systems Inc: Rotary band sealers

New MPS 6100 and 6500 Series of continuous rotary band sealers accommodate virtually any flexible sealing application, according to manufacturer Emplex Systems (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada).
With Fox 40?s new blister pack (above), four ?posts? in the blister protrude through holes in the card. The posts are then crush
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Blisters clear enviro-hurdles

Fox 40's mechanically bonded blister packs retain the clarity of a clear blister while complying with European recycling mandates. Card costs drop 20%, and new machine boosts productivity by 50% while halving labor.
These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.
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Print-and-apply unit

Alpha Dot USA (Belle Mead, NJ) introduces the Eclipse, an advanced print-and-apply thermal-transfer labeling system for secondary package identification.
A side view of one of Mount Rose?s two vf/f/s machines (left) shows the scale buckets that feed a custom-designed discharge hopp
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Mount Rose weighs gains from vf/f/s equipment

Two custom vertical form/fill/seal machines help frozen pasta co-packer Mount Rose Ravioli handle the output from processing equipment, increase its speeds and save more than $200ꯠ/yr through reduced labor and product giveaway costs.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
Fremont?s new display shipper (right) provides customers like Western Family a store-friendly case that shows off the product
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Displaying a concern for retailers' needs

Fremont custom-designs a new type of display-ready, film-wrapped shipper around the needs of supermarket customers. A new case-packing/shrink-wrapping line makes the design a production reality, paid for by materials savings.
The bowl is thermoformed from a three-layer sheet that includes a proprietary sealant layer that ensures seal integrity yet stil
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Caito says, 'We'll do it ourselves'

This Indianapolis produce wholesaler is breaking into a whole new market segment as it brings its 12-oz Fresh Line fruit bowls to supermarket produce departments in the Midwest.

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