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J.R. Simplot?s Martin Greenbank (below left) and distributor representative Bob Scott make an adjustment to the checkweigher con
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Checkweighers improve accuracy by 75% on cases containing bagged frozen french fries for foodservice.
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Potato chips are vibrated into a central distribution cone (left). Chips are dispersed among 16 scale hoppers around this cone b
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El Jawhara bags snacks in burgeoning Egyptian market

Bagging equipment helps El Jawhara develop a strong presence in Egypt's rapidly growing snack food market. The equipment is expected to provide a three- to four-year payback by economically producing high volumes of bagged snacks.
As many as six upstream packaging lines can feed into the rotary tower stretch wrapping machine. Electrical heating strips on al
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A well 'thawed-out' solution

J&J Snacks needed to automate pallet wrapping in its freezer warehouse. But only a specially insulated wrapper could function at temperatures as low as
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
An array of print heads on both sides of the conveyor leading to finished goods inventory lets Borden print variable information
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On-line case printing supports ECR at Borden

In addition to simplified inventory, faster changeovers, and material cost savings, on-line case coding at six Borden plants means faster response to customer needs.
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United Distillers bulks up on savings (sidebar)

Case taper flies at United Distillers
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
McKesson is among the first in the U.S. to use this handled six-pack bundle (left); the Crystal brand is one of three sold by th
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Six-pack bundles get a handle on water market

In its new bottling line, McKesson Water tries a six-pack concept common in Europe but still new to the U.S. Shrink wrapping and tray-packing also shine.
An operator examines operating performance on the touchscreen display of Interbrew?s new bottle-stacking multipacker
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Multipacks double the ante for bottles

A European brewer is first to offer two-layer multipacks for glass bottles. The tall 24- and 30-packs present more graphic billboard area and permit easier handling for consumers.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
The gearing on the orbital wrapper resembles that which is used on the gun turret of an armored tank, so it?s no wonder that rug
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Orbital wrapper contains costs for EPS molder

As the cost of corrugated climbed steadily last year, this producer of EPS sheets used in the building industry found an orbital stretch wrapper that was made to order.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
As shown in two views (above), boxed faucets emerge bundled in film as they discharge from an automatic shrink wrapping machine
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Bundlers shrink Price Pfister's material expenses

By shrink bundling boxed faucets rather than packing them into a corrugated master shipper, Price Pfister saves on material costs, while increasing efficiency and freeing up warehouse space.

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