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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

Lengthy line starts with robotic depalletizing where the bagged jugs are picked and placed onto an infeed table for automatic de
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way

Nature’s Way Purewater fills 180 1-gal containers/min and packs them into 3-count cases at a rate of 60 cases/min. New $4 million, 2000’-long line includes a case packer that accepts 2.5-gal containers, too. See in-plant video
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way (sidebar)

Bigger containers, shorter line
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Three legs are better than one

Glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer run through paired fillers at 1길/min and then fan out to any one of three packaging legs. Eight operators ‘patrol’ the entire line. See in-plant video
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.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing

At this Rolling Rock brewery, an automatic band cutter cuts eight bands before pallets are conveyed into the depalletizer. Once in the depalletizer, slip sheets are removed and stacked automatically.
Nature's Way Purewater: Depalletizing
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Nature's Way Purewater: Depalletizing

On this bottled water line, one of two robots from Custom Metal Designs depalletizes bagged layers of 1-gal containers and places them onto the infeed of the debagging system. The output of each of the twin units is nearly two LDPE-bagged layers/min, or a total of 180 containers/min.
Alot number has been ink-jet printed to a case of shortening via a new printing unit that increases code legibility and programm
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Packager says out with the old, in with the new

Company replaces ink-jet coding system to enhance printer flexibility and the legibility of its code, saving time and money.
A new tray stacker is part of Furman's $3.5 million renovation made to three packaging lines. The system stacks five trays in tw
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Furman polishes up brightstock packing

Furman Foods increases output with a new depalletizer, tray packer, tray stacker, film wrapper, and shrink tunnel. Conveyors assist flow control to keep things running smoothly. See in-plant video
Furman Foods: Depalletizing
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Furman Foods: Depalletizing

At this canner of tomatoes, tomato sauces, canned beans and related products, filled, unlabeled steel cans arrive stacked in layers on pallets.
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Advance Lifts, Inc: Stretch wrappers

Advance Lifts (St. Charles, IL) offers its line of stretch wrappers designed and built to meet a variety of pallet-loading requirements. The 24 standard models feature easy-to-use controls, low maintenance components, turntable and carriage drives, powered prestretch dispensers, and a 1-year parts and labor warranty.
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General Conveyor Co. Ltd.: Robotic palletizer/depalletizer

General Conveyor (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) offers the Series 20 Robo-Matic palletizer/depalletizer. The single-post lift design provides a small footprint while maintaining rates of 2 to 8 cycles/min.
Bottles are removed from reshippers by a continuous-motion rotary-style uncaser (left).
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Bacardi moves to modernization

A revamp of Line One is just part of a plant-wide move to upgrade, automate, and modernize Bacardi’s Jacksonville, FL, plant. See in-plant video
New printed shrink film unsupported bundles (left) offers the company new merchandising possibilities, while the tray overwrap s
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Single line pours out many SKUs with new options

One packaging line plus 10 different containers equals 60 SKUs, thanks to new end-of-the-line bundling and tray-pack equipment and film.

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