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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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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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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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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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.
Aetna: Robot and Genesis stretch wrappers
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Aetna: Robot and Genesis stretch wrappers

This video clip shows two machines: Robot Robot is a self-propelled, battery-powered unit is especially suited for wrapping loads of any shape, size and weight with stretch film.
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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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Controls implemented Nature's Way (sidebar)

Line overview
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: Robotic systems

Data sheet from Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) describes robotic bag palletizing, packaging, and freezer systems. Features include up to 7 axes of motion, accuracy to .0004”, brushless AC servo drives, fully sealed drives and bearings, easy program creation and editing, and internal power/air supply.
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New line boasts new sterilizing technology

Adelholzener of Germany is leading the charge when it comes to popularizing one-way plastic beverage bottles in a region that has long resisted this package format.
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Zygot Automation, Inc: Palletizer

The Model ZA50 palletizer from Zygot Automation (Denver, CO) can achieve rates of 50 packages/min. A touch-screen control center enables easy changing of layer sizes and layer patterns on the fly without factory assistance.
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Columbia Machine: Robotic palletizer

Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) has released a hybrid palletizing solution that combines row- and layer-forming technology with the flexibility of a robotic palletizer.
The system shown here includes a robotic positioner that picks a bundle of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cut
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Machinery brings the future to Latrobe

The front end of this glass line for 12-oz Rolling Rock beer is practically an operator-free zone. Laser-guided vehicles replenish packaging materials on demand. See in-plant video
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Integration issues squeeze machinery builders (sidebar)

Respondents: Packagers don’t appreciate engineering costs
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading

At this Rolling Rock brewery, at the infeed of a case erector from Pearson Packaging Systems, a robotic positioner picks bundles of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cuts the band, and feeds the band to a grinder.

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