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Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

After filling, printed rollstock is perforated, cut and guided over the container before it enters the shrink tunnel. Perfecting
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Shaping new markets

Cacique pushes for mainstream acceptance of drinkable yogurt with a striking container design and vibrant full-body shrink label graphics.
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Breaking the speed limit

With what's touted to be one of the first four-lane end conversion presses in the world, Korean canmaker Hanil Can Co. has revved up to never-before-seen speeds of 2군 can ends per minute on its new can end manufacturing line.
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Kraft does double detection

While twin-lane metal detection equipment and pipeline detectors are not uncommon, it is unusual to find them both on the same packaging line. Kraft Jacobs Suchard wanted two systems in its Liverpool, England facility for a new high-speed filling line for Vitalite margarine.
This diagram illustrates the flow of resin from dryer, to booster units, to preform molding, to preform conditioning, to blow m
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Single-stage is on stage at Coke plant

Coca-Cola Company's commitment to bringing consumers the packages they want has helped make this plant in Poland special. Integrated injection molding of PET preforms and stretch/blow molding of bottles was a first in the vast Coke empire.
Side by side, the true contour (right) has a convex label panel that requires a shrinkable label. The straight-wall contour (le
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape

Coca-Cola's 'true contour' PET bottle is a big success in several parts of Mexico. Promotora blow-molding plant decorates with a shrink label of OPP applied with glue.
Four-side printing on flat corrugated boxes is like a carousel ride at Federal Cartridge. Not only does it save costs for shor
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Bar code requirements generate more than savings

A digital case printer replaces bar-coded labels for Federal Cartridge to cut costs. But the printer did much more when case supplies were tight and expensive.
The three photos above show two 24-count trays shrink-wrapped into a single retail pack (top), a single 24-count tray with prot
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Shrink wrap system provides big retail thrust

A shrink wrapper overcomes heat and packing obstacles to bundle two 24-count trays of mr. big candy bars, enabling Neilson Cadbury to satisfy Canada's retailer demand for a 48-count pack.
Updated graphics, sleeker contours and a wide base distinguish Hunt1s new blisters (above) from its original pack (right), which
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In the Hunt for higher output

To rejuvenate its old packaging, office supplies giant Hunt Manufacturing turns to one supplier for both a new package design and more productive machinery. The result is higher output with less labor.
Steel-banded bales of separated recyclables are brought to this staging area prior to shipment to users of these recovered mater
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Waste not, want more

Laidlaw automates sorting of post-consumer recyclables at its Schaumburg, IL, material recovery facility. First-of-its-kind system separates plastics into four categories.
The laser-coded roll of printed material unwinds (from left to right) into the first station within the flow wrapper for sealing
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Chewing up market share

New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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Convinced container shape sells,Coke to change can's contours

The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
I  ndividually protected and wrapped 		window and door units are now shipped on company trucks standing on end like books. The v
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Pella's 'bookshelf' loads reduce materials and damage

To reduce materials and improve product protection, window-maker Pella moved to transparent stretch-wrapped packs that dramatically cut costs.

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