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Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

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.
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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.
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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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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
Molds open (top) to reveal the injection-molded PET preforms, which are subsequently conditioned and stretch/blow molded into fi
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Single-stage molding propels Premier Plastics

Custom blowmolder on West Coast adds an injection/stretch blow-molding machine to tap the bottled water market. Health For Life Brands of Arizona is first user of Premier's 500mL bottle.
Two full pallet discharge stations are shown here, and immediately in front of them is the grooved track that guides the automat
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Transfer cars simplify pallet handling

Owens Brockway glass plant now relies on automated cars and pallet stackers instead of forklift operators to move cases of glass from palletizers to stretch wrappers.
Premier Plastics uses two labeling \"systems\" to apply front and side labels for two sizes of Mallards Food Products' ginger st
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Labelers stir fry a skillet of savings

California converter blow molds and labels containers for packer of ginger stir fry sauce sold at supermarkets and club stores. Set-up and operation video trains operators on labeler use.
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Slaking a thirst for real-time data

Ocean Spray's new Nevada plant just outside Las Vegas boasts the latest in on-line data acquisition and communications systems. Can/glass line is a good example.
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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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

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