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Components assume new importance in packaging

Conveyors, coding and marking machines, and motors and drives are the components best-known to packagers who have production and engineering responsibilities.
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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.
Steve Daniels checks the vision system as filled and capped bottles index to a downstream cooler
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Ocean Spray's vision improves inspection

Juice maker automates vision system for detecting fill heights and cap application on PET bottles containing hot-filled juices. Productivity rises, labor costs decline, resulting in payback in less than one year.
A custom bottle count verifier uses a burst of air to blow bottles down a Y-shaped chute equipped with multiple light curtains
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High-assurance capping, sealing & bottle counting

In addition to flexible changeover, Glaxo Wellcome's clinical trial packaging line makes a high priority of quality-assured packaging. Its capper, sealer and bottle packer/counter are designed to maximize accuracy while minimizing errors.
A stepper-driven corner labeler (above) uses a pneumatic tamping mechanism to apply a preprinted bar-code label that?s rolled ar
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A reusable case for automation

New equipment at Herr Foods is among the first that erects, packs and seals tough-to-handle corrugated cases that are reused up to five times.
On the 2-oz line, the robotic head prepares to place 20 cups into a waiting case. To the left of the head is a sheet inserter th
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Robotics automate portion packing

Robotic packing cell case-packs delicate portion cups at speeds of 500 cups/min. Integrated system incorporates a stand-alone case erector and automatic tier sheet placer.
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Bar-code labels drive automated warehouse

In 1992, Herr's built a 40ꯠ sq' automated warehouse that makes use of bar-coded labels on cases of finished goods to automatically sort and stack cases.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.
Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.
Shown are several of Swift?s Armour? marinated pork chop varieties. Chops are spaced about 1? apart within a multi-layer tray p
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Skin packs serve up Swift's pork chops

A multilayer film coextrusion combined with vacuum skin packaging machines help Swift gain a stronger presence in supermarkets with newer varieties of marinated pork chops.
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Premier Plastics grows PET bottle business

California blow molder is among the first in the U.S. to use a 24-cavity injection/stretch blow-molding machine that increases 1/2-liter PET bottle output by at least 40 million per year.
Automated bottle remover turns pucks over on their sides to allow a rod to push through a hole in the bottom of the puck and s
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New equipment revitalizes Amway packaging line

Filling speeds more than doubled and still continue to improve as Amway moves into full production with its new liquid filling line for men's and women's cosmetics.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.

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