Machinery

End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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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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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).
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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.
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Columbia/Okura: Equipment: Quick ship palletizing program

The new quick ship program developed by Columbia/Okura (Vancouver, WA) meets the demand for short lead times or last-minute budget changes. A complete robotic palletizing system can be delivered in 2 weeks or less.
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Controls implemented Nature's Way (sidebar)

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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
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Orion Packaging Systems: Automatic rotary tower stretch wrapper

Orion Packaging Systems (Collierville, TN) has released its redesigned MA-55 automatic rotary tower stretch-wrapping system. Machine offers a 4-leg frame that replaces the previous 2-leg gantry-style frame design.

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