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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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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.
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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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Rapistan Systems: Sorting conveyor

Sorting more than 41ꯠ items/hr, the QuadSorter™ from Rapistan (Grand Rapids, MI) features crossbelts that are divided into 4 cells. Each cell is a mini-belt conveyor that can operate independently or in sync with adjacent cells.
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Alba Manufacturing Inc: Drag chain pallet conveyor

A drag chain pallet conveyor from Alba Manufacturing (Hamilton, OH) is well suited for heavy-pallet conveying for the beverage industry. Design can withstand jarring fork truck unloads while transferring a 2-ton load from the palletizer to the shipping dock.
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George Gordon Assoc., Inc: Kit wrapping

George Gordon Associates (Merrimack, NH) has released the Model GPS-10N wrapping system with full networking capability. The geometric packaging system provides solutions for multi-item kit packaging, using Ethernet interface for plant networking and remote internet diagnostic support.
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ID Technology: Printer/scanner/verifier

ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX) high-resolution ink-jet printing system prints, scans, and verifies bar codes on 2 sides of box or carton. Four or more print heads are mounted directly onto a modular industrial conveyor.
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Oystar Jones: Oystar Jones: Integrated packaging system

A new integrated packaging system from IWKA PacSystems (Fairfield, NJ) for cosmetic and personal-care applications combines multiple product components in a single SKU by combining tube filling and cartoning in a small footprint.
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Belcor Industries Inc: Product conveyor

New PD50 Bi-directional product conveyor from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) aids in more efficient and ergonomic product packaging.
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JMD Manufacturing, Inc: Convertible color coder

The 2-in-1 twin convertible Slimline coder from JMD Manufacturing (Framingham, MA) features two units on a single mounting shaft running next to each other.
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Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc : Padded chain conveyor

Hytrol’s (Jonesboro, AR) 190-CPEZ conveyor is driven by a chain fitted with polymer pads for quiet operation. The zero-pressure conveyor features an accumulation system that monitors products in 2’ zones, allowing pieces to accumulate by coasting together as the chain lowers away from the 1.9” rollers.
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TKF Conveyors: Vertical conveyor

The continuous-motion conveyor from TKF (Cincinnati, OH) accepts products horizontally, conveys them up to 80’ vertically, then discharges them horizontally.

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