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Filling, Capping & Sealing

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Ocean Spray firmly grasps handled PET

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., broke new ground in mid-April by introducing a 1-gal, clear, heat-set polyethylene terephthalate bottle that incorporates a preformed polypropylene side handle.
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This excerpted screen capture of the PC control programming software shows a portion of ladder logic programming that incorporat
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PC control grows up

Contract packager Beverage Capital becomes one of the first users of a 78-valve liquid filler controlled by a single PC. Benefits include ease of use, faster troubleshooting.
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Sidewalk Cafe pack 'sticks' out

In Target department stores nationwide, Fullerton, CA-based Hunt-Wesson is testing 1-oz Slim Stick(TM) packs of Swiss Miss® Sidewalk Caf/® instant cappuccino in six-count cartons.
Taylor Made?s Moisture Block? sleeve is said to protect golf balls from absorbing moisture, which causes velocity loss in the b
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Can packaging improve one's golf game?

An innovative plastic 'sleeve' keeps golf balls fresh while providing an excellent barrier to distance-robbing moisture.
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
Boxes of Sunlight laundry detergent, conveying upside down, are bottom-sealed (above) after scoop dropping and filling. At the p
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PLS speeds changeover, boosts reliability for Lever

A programmable limit switch speeds changeover and extends capabilities of new hot melt applicator and rebuilt filler.
Guiderail adjustment assemblies include cylindrical components (shown above and inset) that display color dots that correspond t
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Glaxo 'Wellcomes' quick-change software

As Glaxo Wellcome's Zebulon, NC, facility packs a wider variety of pharmaceuticals, quick-changeover equipment becomes top priority. Software developed in-house helps the plant reduce changeover times on its solid-dose packaging lines.
Cross-feed conveyors receive product from a distribution conveyor for direct delivery to the combination scales. Shown here is t
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Fire gives snack baker a clean slate

Fire claimed Pretzels, Inc.'s Indiana headquarters plant on Christmas Eve '97. By the following August, a new plant with a streamlined packaging room had risen from the ashes.
Labels and caps are applied almost simultaneously at speeds to 50/min.
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Change means quick changeover

In an effort to reduce storage of preprinted tubes, Henkel Home Improvements decided to label in-house. In addition to saving space and gaining flexibility, the company also enjoys quicker changeover.
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Packaging glossary a full load

How does one set out to assemble the definitive glossary of packaging terms?
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Versatile capping device

Designed to minimize changeover and simplify operation, the Starcap Plus from DT Stokes (Bristol, PA) combines repeatable scaled setting, quick-release change parts and the latest touchscreen technology.
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Vertical cartoner

The 100 series vertical cartoner from TMC (Elk Grove Village, IL) delivers speeds of 1ꯠ cpm. The highest speeds are attained in tuck- and glue-style cartons with volumetric or computer scale/fill products such as sweets.
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PneumaticScaleAngelus: Turret capper

The Pneumatic Scale (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) TC Capper caps glass, metal, fiberboard and lightweight plastic bottles at 38 to 750 bottles/min, depending on the model.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Bag-in-box line

Custom configured for baking mixes, the new turnkey bag-in-box line from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) features two heavy-duty servo augers feeding two Triangle Advantage CM bag machines for a combined output of 160 ppm to Triangle's ProLine horizontal cartoner.
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Glass shapes up new launch, revitalization

Ferrolito Vultaggio & Sons, creator of dazzling packages for its AriZona Beverages, is at it again. Blue Luna Caf/, a line of ready-to-drink coffees, debuted last month in a double-handled blue-tinted glass bottle resembling a Grecian urn.

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