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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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Yellow Jacket 110: Stretch wrapper

The YellowJacket 110 from YellowJacket LLP (Marion, IN) moves stretch wrap around and under each load to secure cargo of any size and shape without bands, wrapping the load to the pallet, right on the forklift.
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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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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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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.
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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).
A half-ton of hydraulic pressure compresses the loads an average of 4'' to tighten them for shipment (above) before the load con
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Printer presses onward with unitizing

Automatic weighing, strapping, and stretch-wrapping system unitizes loads of printed materials at Gazette Communications. Damage claims are reduced to zero.
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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.
Pack Expo 2004: 2100 A Arm stretchwrapper
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Pack Expo 2004: 2100 A Arm stretchwrapper

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cousins introduced its 2100 Series A Arm stretchwrapper at Pack Expo International 2004. Low-cost automatic stretchwrapper prototype is simple and requires little maintenance. Wrapper requires no grippers, rather the films starts at the top of the package and stays put as the wrapper wraps from the top down. Available January 2005, machine will retail for $9꾾.
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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.
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CBM Systems Inc: Equipment: Stretch wrapper

CBM Systems (Claremont, CA) has released its model SW801 semi-automatic stretch wrapper that has an exclusive “no jam” turntable; a no-lube, low-maintenance drive system; and a 45 loads/hr capacity.

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