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Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
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At the machine1s infeed, bottles are first handed off to the 16-valve fill-to-level filler (above). Platforms elevate each bott
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Monoblock propels Skyy into new markets

Filler/capper monoblock machine for miniature bottles of spirits enables Frank-Lin Distillers to permit customers like Skyy Spirits to enter the mini market on the West Coast.
As a case nears the print-and-apply labeling system, it passes between two 3towers2 that form a 100-watt light 3curtain2. As
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks

Computer peripheral maker/distributor Bay Networks doubles throughput at its Sunnyvale, CA, distribution center with an automated print-and-apply labeling system and networked computer software systems.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
A group of mechanical fingers (shown at bottom left in the photo at left) remove six blow-molded 1-gal HDPE jugs and place them
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn (sidebar)

HDPE container production 'captiv-ates' AquaPenn
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
Inside the blow/fill/seal machine, a plastic extrusion is surrounded by the mold (1), conformed to the mold with vacuum, and fil
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A new Dey for aseptic blow/fill/seal

A trio of latest-generation blow/fill/seal machines for aseptic respiratory care products are the first in the U.S. Dey Laboratories receives one-third higher production, better sterility and labor-saving CIP/SIP.
Semi-automatic capping (above) helps Nakano Foods keep capital costs down as it gauges demand for new products like its Mitsukan
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Flexible filling for salad dressings

Japanese food company Nakano Foods tests U.S. demand for its salad dressings with a flexible moderate-volume filling line.
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm (sidebar)

JIT comes to Brazil
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.

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