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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Robotic palletizing system

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) offers its new Robotic Palletizing System with a 6-axis articulated arm. It consists of a Motoman UP-50 attached to the Schneider Carton Packer for a monoblock style design running standard and open-top corrugated cases.
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: PET production line brochure

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) released a brochure that describes its PET production capabilities and technologies. Literature includes information regarding PET production lines from 10 oz to 3 L at speeds to 1귔 bottles/min, accumulation systems to temporarily store bottles for minutes or several hours, single filing to input or reintroduce product to the line after accumulation, and fully automated low-level and high-level palletizers.
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Columbia Machine: Palletizer

Columbia’s (Vancouver, WA) HL2000 high-level palletizer includes a small footprint of 7’x14’. Reaches speeds to 20 cases/min, with soft product handling, and standard side retainers for load squaring.
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AIDCO International Inc: Case-packing/palletizing robot

The RoboticStar KR180 PA CP case-packing/uncasing and palletizing robot from Aidco (Adrian, MI) handles plastic, glass, or metal containers. Robot can accommodate 2 to 7 packaging lines running multiple containers at speeds to 45 cases/min.
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European group acquires Canada's Wulftec

M.J. Maillis Group announced April 22 the acquisition of stretch wrapping equipment manufacturer Wulftec International Inc. (Ayer’s Cliff, Québec, Canada).
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Palletizers

More compact, less expensive palletizers from Top Tier (Portland, OR) are said to operate faster than previous designs to more than 40 cases/min. New features include touch-screen controls, enhanced operator safety, more centered layers, and simplified maintenance.
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Alba Manufacturing Inc: Drag chain pallet conveyor

A drag chain pallet conveyor from Alba Manufacturing (Hamilton, OH) is well suited for heavy-pallet conveying for the beverage industry. Design can withstand jarring fork truck unloads while transferring a 2-ton load from the palletizer to the shipping dock.
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Powell Systems Inc: Palletizer

Powell Systems (Youngstown, OH) has released its ES-100 palletizer, a compact system designed for automated and semi-automated palletizing operations.
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Brenton, a division of Pro Mach: Brenton, a division of Pro Mach: Brenton, a division of Pro Mach: Robotic palletizer/wrapper

The Mini-System combines an automatic stretch wrapper from Orion Packaging Systems (Collierville, TN) and a robotic palletizer from Brenton Engineering (Alexandria, MN).
This hydraulic lift raises full, stretchwrapped pallets up to the level of the warehouse floor.
Machine Case Study
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Bottling built for the future (sidebar)

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Early Times pours into PET

Following the success of its switch to PET from glass for Canadian Mist blended whisky in 1999, Brown-Forman Beverage Worldwide in November launched a 1.75-L PET bottle for its Early Times Kentucky whisky. Like Canadian Mist, the Early Times bottle is injection stretch/blow-molded by Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI).
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Guides guide training at Poland Spring

Technical materials developed in-house and by vendors help employees become better skilled on packaging machinery, making them more valuable to the water bottler.
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Poland Spring promotes 'wall-to-wall' training

Management says training costs are justified by increased equipment efficiency that boosts output and by developing and retaining skilled employees.
Poland Spring personnel and Christian Schlichtenbrede (in back) of Kisters Kayat observe a control panel for a multipacker used
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Suppliers quench Poland Spring's thirst for training

From bottle molding to palletizing, training from packaging equipment vendors is vital to mechanics at the Poland Spring, ME, bottling facility.
Global Beverage Systems: Tray packing for bottled water line
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Global Beverage Systems: Tray packing for bottled water line

On this bottled water line, following automatic lane dividers, bottles are collated and tray packed on equipment from Vantage Pak. Pressure-sensitive print-and-apply labelers from Loveshaw apply product ID and date code to each side of the tray before it enters an Arpac shrink wrapper. Then an incline conveyor takes finished trays to a remote palletizer.

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