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High-accuracy labeler hugs honey bears

Golden Heritage Foods, LLC, Van Wert, OH, produces honey products and packages them in bear-shaped PET containers supplied by custom blowmolder Container Services, Inc..

The honey containers are filled in-line, using filling equipment from Oden Corp. Polypropylene, 38-mm caps, distributed by Kaufman Container, are manufactured by Seaquist Closures. The caps are applied using an 8-spindle, inline capper from Kaps-All Packaging. Semi-gloss, pressure-sensitive labelstock, printed with three PMS spot colors, is supplied by Staples Print Solutions.

The company wanted to replace its old labeling systems with equipment that could apply front and back container labels at higher speeds and with more reliable positioning accuracy. Golden Heritage evaluated various available labeling systems and opted for a Bronco 125 labeler and Model 251 stainless steel dispensing/conveying system from NJM/CLI Packaging Systems International. These machines run up to 200 containers per minute. Randy Wenninger, Director of Corporate Facilities & Manufacturing for Golden Heritage Foods, says, “We run 25 different containers on this packaging line—from two ounce to one gallon. The new labeler handles all containers with ease. And the no-tool changeover is quick and easy. We have been very pleased with the accuracy and repeatability of the labeling machine.”

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