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A semi-automatic filler improves accuracy during filling of 1-qt cartons (left and inset
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Filler enables DriWater to eject rejects

Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
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Mounted to the side ofconveyors are plastic-housed Powered Roller Interface Modules (PRIMs). Each PRIM controls four conveyor ?
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USPS ups efficiency with 'smart' conveyor controls

Powered rollers and photoelectric sensors are networked by computer throughout 11ꯠ' of retrofitted conveyor used to direct mail within the U.S. Postal Service's Carol Stream, IL, facility. Noise levels, maintenance costs and electrical consumption are all reduced.
Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
A group of mechanical fingers (shown at bottom left in the photo at left) remove six blow-molded 1-gal HDPE jugs and place them
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn (sidebar)

HDPE container production 'captiv-ates' AquaPenn
At the pre-tare station (above), empty bottles are individually weighed, then conveyed to the  dosing station (left). A dust shr
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Sweetening your medicine

A new auger filler/checkweighing system allows Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer to double its output and incorporate a new formulation onto its line.
Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
At the machine1s infeed, bottles are first handed off to the 16-valve fill-to-level filler (above). Platforms elevate each bott
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Monoblock propels Skyy into new markets

Filler/capper monoblock machine for miniature bottles of spirits enables Frank-Lin Distillers to permit customers like Skyy Spirits to enter the mini market on the West Coast.
As a case nears the print-and-apply labeling system, it passes between two 3towers2 that form a 100-watt light 3curtain2. As
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks

Computer peripheral maker/distributor Bay Networks doubles throughput at its Sunnyvale, CA, distribution center with an automated print-and-apply labeling system and networked computer software systems.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm (sidebar)

JIT comes to Brazil
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.

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