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In Sonoco?s pilot production line, seven lanes of canisters are being gently conveyed from the container former/cutter to the pa
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Sonoco's new line produces 'swell' shape

Called a pilot line, Sonoco's new nonround paperboard canister fabricating line at Hartsville, SC, will keep Lipton and others supplied. European forming technology and paper bottom sealing rounds off Lipton's rectangular shape.
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Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.
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Logic makes paint flow freely

Valspar Corp. used advance logic technology to "smarten up" its new 1-gal paint canning line in Statesville, NC. The line is able to automatically react to trouble spots by slowing or stopping parts of the line or rerouting product flow around hot spots.
Bars discharge from the wrapper six at a time, with three continuing on one right-angled conveyor (above), three on another. Aft
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'Floating pocket' cartoner speeds ice cream novelty output

Ice cream novelty processing/packaging line helps Ingman Foods expand its product offerings in Finland.
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
Cartons are presterilized, filled and sealed within the aseptic chamber, which runs along the bottom of the system
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Aseptic system drives gabletop coffee creamer

Norwegian dairy stlandsmeieriet Hedmark Trrmelk is first to use aseptic system to produce 1/4-L gabletops of coffee creamer. New system lengthens shelf life by 50% and triples output of prior extended shelf life equipment.
After a bar code is ink-jet printed onto cases of paint cans, it is scanned by a bar code decoder as a quality check. The scanne
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Coding solution does double duty

Valspar Corp.'s ink-jet coding and scanning system provides automatic batch code verification and real-time production monitoring.
Great care was taken in designing the thermoform for the sliced varieties so that slices would neatly shingle
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U.K. firm ships Costa Rican fruit via Canadian technology

Unique packaging lets Geest ship fresh-cut pineapplein clear thermoforms to markets not only in the UK but also France and the U.S. Shelf life is 35 days.
For packaging Steelcase?s heavy desktops, a single-wall, five-panel folder is easily inserted between two foot pedal-operated fi
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Steelcase corners corrugated savings

Office furniture maker alters distribution packaging for heavy desktops, increasing protection where it's needed, reducing it where it's not. Savings total nearly $180ꯠ/yr in materials and labor, while repetitive stress injuries are eliminated.
Brushes wipe neck and body labels onto spirits bottles on Heaven Hill?s PET filling line (above), and to 750-mL square glass bot
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Labelers help Heaven Hill reach new heights

Rotary labelers lift Heaven Hill Distilleries' spirits by boosting application speed and reducing downtime and labor costs associated with prior picker labelers.
Cap feeder delivers caps to capper, which has a removable brass chute end (inset) dedicated to each cap size. No tools are neede
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Versatility drives Shrader line design

A short while ago, contract packager Shrader Canada rarely filled more than 8ꯠ bottles of liquid automotive products per shift. A new and versatile line now lets the firm reach 26ꯠ per shift .
Saputo?s new MAP wrapper (far left) includes a bilingual copy display (left) that describes the product and size parameters that
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Simplified wrapper boosts output

Despite a high-tech wrapping material, Saputo had too many leakers of its block cheese packs. New wrapper greatly improves seals while it boosts line output and slashes changeover time.
On one of Sandoz?s four corner-wrap labelers, the freshly printed bar code label is first tamped on and subsequently wrapped aro
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Sandoz networks labelers for easy control

Sandoz Pharmaceuticals uses custom software on a central PC to control 16 devices--including label printers, applicators and scanners--to comply with customer bar code label requirements. The move saves over $425ꯠ annually.
An articulating swing arm on Heinz?s print-and-apply labeler applies two labels, with     identical information, first to one si
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Print-and-apply labeling lightens Heinz's load

Heinz Pet Products adds a print-and-apply labeling system that applies a label to two adjacent pallet sides. System replaces manual labeling, saving $100ꯠ/yr in labor costs.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.

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