Machinery

Vision/Inspection

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At the end of the new line, a thermal-transfer print-and-apply tamp labeler applies a label with product identification and othe
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Siemens solidifies growth with packaging investment

Packaging of hot-selling cordless phones is being automated at Siemens’ Austin, TX, manufacturing facility. Labor costs are reduced and appearance improved significantly.
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Moving spouts (inset) travel with the bags as they fill three bags simultaneously. The entire packaging line (above) is controll
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Controls push speed limit

U.S. Sugar fills two 5-lb bags/sec with better than ±0.1% accuracy thanks to a state-of-the-art sugar-filling line powered by the latest in servo drive, PLC and networking technology.
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Imperfect Solutions Order: Why organized standards are better than none

A colleague of mine wondered aloud recently whether ISO quality standards are really meaningful or useful in purchasing products or services. My sense, from talking with package purchasing executives, is that the answer is yes, that ISO certification is a real tool in the craft of selecting vendors.
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Food pasteurization facility planned for late 2000

SteriGenics Intl. (Memphis, TN) expects a new “state-of-the-art” X-ray food pasteurization plant to be operational in Bridgeport, NJ, by the fourth quarter of this year.
The electronic tablet counter (above) is a twin-style system that funnels tablets down two parallel paths and into containers. A
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Vitamin maker counts on electronic filler

Steady sales growth at Jamieson Laboratories made it obvious that a new vitamin packaging line was needed. Electronic tablet counting brings big benefits.
Vivelle-Dot patches are heat-sealed in individual pouches. Pouches are packed into individual folding cartons, visible to the ri
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Tiny patch 'dots' pharmaceutical landscape

Noven Pharmaceuticals employs a new cartoner to help introduce an estrogen replacement therapy patch sold to pharmacies and merchandised free as physician samples.
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The New Resina Corp.: Torque inspection system

The TorqGuard™ torque inspection system from New Resina (Brooklyn, NY) is designed to be integrated with Resina cappers or to stand alone in conjunction with any capping system.
Cases are formed into rows (top) on a slider plate that moves a layer of cases (above) onto the stretch wrapper part of the pall
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Dow Corning sings praises of palletizer/stretch wrapper combo

Combo systems at the end of three silicone sealant cartridge packaging lines save space, money and materials at the company's Elizabethtown, KY, facility.
After cups are filled, they index to a station where plastic lidding is heat-sealed to the containers (right), before an overcap
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Renovation reaps rewards for yogurt maker

New cup filling, accumulating, coding, cartoning and case packing equipment help Stonyfield Farm double yogurt capacity at its Londonderry, NH, headquarters facility.
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Almost ready-to-eat

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has decided to drop frozen entrees containing a combination of fully cooked meat and/or poultry products and uncooked nonmeat ingredients from its definition of "ready-to-eat" foods.
John Harris, Nature Labs? director of operations, found leasing indispensable in setting up a new packaging line for the rapi
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Packagers take a lease on new business

Packagers that lease equipment cite preservation of working capital and tax benefits as advantages over buying.
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Packaging marketplaces take center stage

This year will be recorded as the year of the Internet "packaging auction gold rush." Auction--and classifieds--Web sites are popping up faster than you can say "network protocol" in the great race to establish Internet-based marketplaces for selling packaging equipment and materials.
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Stonyfield Farm blends environmental/economic goals

New multipack packaging for kids' yogurt exemplifies Stonyfield Farm's dual commitment to the environment and to its bottom line.
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Packagers beware: few controls guarantees

Most manufacturers of controls use their Web sites to communicate about their products and Y2K policies. Some feel undeserved blame for problems; others acknowledge product shortcomings.
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Industrial Dynamics/filtec: Inspection system

The CI-170 X-ray inspection system from Industrial Dynamics (Torrance, CA) mounts over a production line or in a case packer to check filled cases for missing, broken, underfilled or leaking containers.

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