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A robotic arm (top) transfers two of the heavy cases from the conveyor and onto a pallet load. The robot will soon be building t
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With a case erected and waiting, the packer pushes 12 cartridges into the box before it is transferred back to the line for seal
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager

A complete new line, from unscrambler to pallet stretch wrapping, lets Pratt & Lambert United automate production of top-selling large adhesive cartridges.
A robotic arm (top) dispenses liquid foam into the center of an outer corrugated shipper. An automated product placer, using ar
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Waterford's protection yields crystal clear benefits

By automating use of foam cushioning, Waterford Wedgwood protects $235 million worth of crystal and decorative ceramic pieces. Operational efficiency goes up, too.
This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.
State?s newest sealer is used on a multipurpose packaging line that runs sizes from 1-oz sampler bottles up to the 16-oz bottle
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How State Chemical cleans up

Cleveland-based chemical packer modernizes its filling lines with induction sealing, and with a computer program that helps put customer service first.
Wigwam?s new paperboard sock pack is customized for each product through the use of pressure-sensitive labels, one on the front
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future

Revamping outdated graphics wasn't enough for sock maker Wigwam Mills. New pack and labeling improve consumer appeal while output and flexibility meet retailers' changing needs.
A green-and-yellow ?batch marker? conveys through an accumulating station, indicating the end of a run of video cassettes. The m
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Video cassette production rolls at Sony U.K.

Internally powered roller conveyors link labeling, wrapping and packing functions on three identical video cassette lines at Sony.
Gleneagles' John Hamilton (top, far left) and Krupp's John Piercy were instrumental in establishing the bottler's in-house stre
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Gleneagles springs for in-house stretch/blow molding

Scotland's Gleneagles Spring Waters shifts from buying PET bottles to stretch/blow molding them in-house from preforms. The change saves $600ꯠ/yr and provides a "family" image for its seven bottle sizes.
At the end of Barber Foods? packaging line, Lock?n?Pop is applied to a box top by two pneumatically operated nozzles
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Barber Foods pops for an alternative

When stretch wrap's true colors showed through-and weren't green-this chicken product producer switched to an adhesive palletizing system.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
Sales of Roskam Baking1s Rothbury Farms retail croutons and stuffing mix have increased briskly since the company changed from a
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Crouton pouch stands up to the competition

Stand-up reclosable pouches replace folding cartons with inner liners for Roskam Baking's line of Rothbury Farms croutons. Zippers are applied in-line on new horizontal rotary form/fill/seal machines.
Flat blanks fed from a magazine are pressed around a forming mandrel to produce the desired oval shape
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Obie's oval

This cookie mix marketer needed a paperboard container with a small footprint yet all the shelf impact of a round canister. An unusual oval was the answer.
In the packer, four jugs are being pushed onto the case blank before it?s folded and glued
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Arcadia takes major step in production

Juice and drink bottler upgrades case packing for high output, even outstripping what its palletizer can handle. A new palletizer is on the list; so is improved bottle feeding.
With one strap already in place (top), the operator holds down the flaps as a second strap is applied. Because the corrugated co
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Strapping gets an upgrade at Ford

At Ford's massive parts center just outside Detroit, new strapping equipment helps ensure that dealerships around the world receive quality damage-free parts.

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