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Filling, Capping & Sealing

After containers are inserted into pucks by a rotary turret (top) that1s integrated into the unscrambler (at left, opposite page
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's

Body wash filling line is outfitted with a puck handling system for bottles that increases throughput by 25% while virtually eliminating container size changeover.
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Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
Cups are denested and sent into the packaging line by two rotary cup feeders, each of which holds 20 stacks of 50 nested cups.
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The king of cups

Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
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The king of cups (sidebar)

Servo-driven accuracy for spices
An operator applies an updated price code to a package by sending it past an ink-jet coder.
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What price flexibility?

Mexican pharmaceuticals maker Byk Gulden relies on ink-jet coding to react faster when economic conditions require price changes to already-marked packages.
The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
New containers are helping Nestlé?s powdered milk mixes stand out internationally. In the U.K., a new hot chocolate drink mi
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Nestlé puts new faces on mix containers

A multi-material oval can in the U.K., a twin-pack of pouches in Switzerland, and a high-density polyethylene oval in the U.S. each deliver kid-oriented retail punch for Nestlé's powdered milk mixes.
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.
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Revamped lines and switch to bags trigger savings
3. Envirogluv technology used to decorate this Revlon container is energy efficient and uses inks that are free of heavy metals.
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Setting up shop

Merck, Revlon and Clorox developed unique packaging technology for their own use. Now those developments are generating revenue through licensing to other firms.
Two of Coors? bulk bins for crowns are shown in their role as hoppers atop the crown feeders. The built-in slide gates, current
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Reusable bin does double duty for Coors

Coors receives its bottle crowns in custom plastic bulk bins that double as hoppers on the packaging line thanks to a built-in slide gate.
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.
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Ales boast custom bottle, gold-stamped labels

When Portland, OR-based BridgePort Brewing Co. added two new brands to its line of premium ales last month, it used the opportunity to introduce a custom glass bottle for all four ale varieties in the line.
A custom-engineered flat sealing head induction-seals recessed closures in jug-in-box containers
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An unconventional seal

A custom-engineered induction sealer allows Jensen Foods to apply tamper-evident inner seals to 41/2-gal jug-in-box foodservice packs.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs

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