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Filling, Capping & Sealing

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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While the loading area of the automatic palletizer is stationary, its shuttle portion carries as many as five pallets at a time.
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On-line coding paves the way for automatic palletizing

One shuttle palletizer handles cases from five different Blue Diamond almond packaging lines thanks to on-line bar coding and reliable scanners.
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Overall new outlook

The one pervasive element of the repackaging program is a new graphics approach for all its products. "We wanted to provide product and packaging innovation to the tea category, while giving a more unified branding look to the line," says Pam Aulisi, Lipton's manager of package design.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
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 .
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Filler speeds glass bottle output

Besides its labeling upgrades, Heaven Hill Distilleries last March added a Husky Model V-60 rotary fill-to-level gravity/vacuum filler for its 750-mL round glass bottling line.
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.
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.
A scanner on the labeler verifies bar codes as labels unwind from rollstock. Two similar scanners are mounted on the cartoner an
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Code control: three scanners, one PLC

To verify the readability of preprinted bar codes, Private Formulations, Inc. employs three scanners integrated into its solid-dose bottling line by Parish Automation (Lakewood, NJ).
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
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Glidden's paint testers pass with flying colors

High-density polyethylene test containers let homeowners test a color before plunging into the purchase of a gallon of paint.
After discharging from the liquid nitrogen chiller, deodorant containers index to this capper for application of polypropylene c
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Deodorant sticks chill big time in small space

Tom's of Maine doubles its production of stick deodorants by adding an in-line chiller that uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the hot-filled product.
With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
In additional to single cartons, PFI produces overwrapped multipacks consisting of two to six cartons. The cartoner will also i
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Targeting a convertible cartoner

Private label OTC drug maker adds a cartoner designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, handling both glue and tuck-style cartons.
The ingredient statement of this Lipton soup package is likely to change if USDA insists on food makers identifying ?mechanic
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Playing 'chicken' with food labels

USDA dares food processors to put 'mechanically separated poultry' in ingredient panels.

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