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Diamond of California: Side-by-side form/fill/seal machines for nuts
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Diamond of California: Side-by-side form/fill/seal machines for nuts

Filled and sealed bags of nuts discharge from two side-by-side vf/f/s machines onto a conveyor that runs perpendicular to them. Bags are then conveyed downstream. Meanwhile, printed film is pulled through tensioning rollers on one of the vf/f/s machines (right).
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Klockner Medipak: QC sampling system

A QC sampling system for pharmaceutical packaging from Klöckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) can be integrated easily into existing packaging processes and can be customized and expanded to meet individual applications and requirements.
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Wayne Automation: Case sealer

Wayne Automation (Norristown, PA) introduces the RPS-60/80 high speed case sealer. Designed for rugged, high-speed performance production, system can glue-seal cases at speeds to 100 cases/min.
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Interroll Corp.: Conveyor roller

The Anti-Litho version of Interroll Corp.’s (Wilmington, NC) Taperhex Gold conveyor roller works in handling printed materials for food, beverage, and other packaging applications.
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Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc: Automatic roll unloading system

Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering (Gloucester, MA) introduces an automatic roll-unloading and recoring system that operates in either manual or automatic mode, stripping finished rolls from the winder’s cantilevered shaft onto an unload table and then loading a preselected number of cores onto the empty shaft.
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Sidel 'refocuses' on core businesses

NEWS FROM INTERPACK 2002: Gérard Stricher, CEO of Sidel (Le Havre Cedex, France) announced a newly reorganized company that will concentrate its energies in three specific product areas for its customers worldwide.
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Johanna Foods touts new look for yogurt and juice

A full-body shrink-sleeve label replaces a paper label on tapered cups of Johanna Foods' reformulated La Yogurt. Meanwhile, 'extended long-life' equipment provides 70-day refrigerated shelf life for juices in 'on-the-go' cartons.
Bagged parts discharge from the heavy-duty vertical form/fill/seal system at rates to 40 bags/min.
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Vf/f/s system nails bag counts

< A.R.C. Fastener Supply, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, operates a stand-alone Bagmaster[tm] vertical form/fill/seal bagger for kits containing identical pieces. The bagging system includes a 14-head Bilwinco combination netweigher for which Batching Systems, Inc. (Prince Frederick, MD) is the exclusive North American distributor. Started up in late 2000, the system handles bag counts ranging from 50 to 500 parts.
A.R.C.: Vf/f/s kit bagging for parts
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A.R.C.: Vf/f/s kit bagging for parts

Counted parts and a literature sheet drop down the filling tube to the bag, which temporarily rests upon a platform to withstand the impact of up to 30 lb of hardware. An inclined conveyor leads to a bulk bin. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
A.R.C.: Optical-based parts counting
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A.R.C.: Optical-based parts counting

Fasteners are sorted, individually counted by the optical-based units, and deposited into a 60?-long heavy-duty indexing bucket conveyor. The bol counter shown is one of 10 side-by-side units, plus two Thru-Wall bolt feeders‹that supply fasteners such as washers to a vf/f/s bagger at a rate to 40 filled buckets/min. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
A.R.C.: Computerized netweigher for roofing nails
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A.R.C.: Computerized netweigher for roofing nails

Roofing nails are distributed by a vibratory feeder to the vf/f/s cone, which spreads them to the ring of 14 sets of buckets. The computer-controlled buckets provide the nails three-buckets-at-a-time to the bagger and onto a takeaway conveyor at a rate to 40/min of the 50-count, 1.5-lb bags. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher
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Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher

At this contract packager of medical and pharmaceutical products, isolated in a curtained area, the vf/f/s machine drops the six-up packets to a takeaway conveyor at a rate of 60 cycles/min.
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Econocorp Inc: Cartoner magazine

Econocorp (Randolph, MA) offers an Extended Power Magazine as an option on its line of automatic horizontal cartoners. Magazine has 4x the feeding capacity of the standard 16” carton magazine, company says.
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Johnsen Machine: Automatic wicketted bagger

The automatic wicketted bagger line from Johnsen Machine Co. (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) is designed to bag and seal free-flowing products of different sizes and types into LDPE bags in thicknesses from 1 to 6 mils and sizes from 6” to 18” W.
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Q&A: Melding packaging and electronics expertise

A discussion with Hershey Foods' Tom Hernley (top left), a 30-year packaging veteran; Wade Latz, packaging systems engineering manager (bottom right); and Keith Campbell, director of automation and integration.

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