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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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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.
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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.
Books enter the case packing line on an infeed conveyor and are then stacked for case packing in a down-stacking chamber.
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Textbook publisher moves to automation

By automating case packing and palletizing, this not-for-profit book publisher saves thousands of volunteer hours annually.
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Depalletizing
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Depalletizing

On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, glass bottles arrive in tab-lock reshippers stacked on pallets. The reshippers are elevated layer by layer and then swept off on a discharge conveyor leading to the filling line by the Krones depalletizer.
While rotating on powered rollers, a 36,000-lb steel coil is stretch wrapped in 2-mil LLDPE film treated with vapor corrosion in
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Weirton stretches for film/paper 'cocoon'

This steel producer works closely with a distributor to protect shipments of its 36ꯠ-lb steel coils by stretch wrapping them in vapor corrosion inhibitor film.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP (sidebar)

Robotic wizardry
Brick packs of a rice-based beverage, in production on the day of PW's visit, move through the automatic case packer.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP

Two new aseptic lines are capable of filling either 500-mL or 1-L brick pack cartons. FIFO accumulation system and remote robotic palletizing also shine.
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Two-line strategy copes with growth

Two new lines at U.K. contract packager Axxis Intl. both rely on puck systems to handle personal care products. One line is tailored for long runs, the other for quick-change versatility. See in-plant video
12 bottles are gripped mechanically by their necks and rotated 180?
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Blow molder's bottle handling goes turnkey

As more distillery customers wanted bottles packed in reshippers, Captive Plastics installed a turnkey system that erects cases, loads partitions, and inverts freshly blown bottles.
Southeast Canners uses the machine (above) to open a paperboard carrier, load 12-oz cans into it, then seal it shut.
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Pepsi co-op is first to employ 'Radar'

Southeast Canners improves efficiency on a can line with a newly developed computer hardware/software system that allows 24-hr/day access to production data via a secured Web site.
The first of two stretch wrappers used by Spencer Press is this orbital machine that applies film around the top, bottom, and tw
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Six-sided wrapping speeds Spencer

Two new stretch wrappers that run in sequence on the same line greatly increase speed and output while eliminating labor costs to band pallets of mail-order catalogs printed by Spencer Press.
The personnel involved in the expansion were (inset, L to R) Sargento's Jay Nolte, distribution center manager; Jim Gillman, fir
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Wrapper stretches Sargento output

Sargento supplements a well-liked workhorse stretch wrapper with a system that’s 30% faster and also saves on film.
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SouthPack 2001 wrap

SouthPack ’01 brought packaging manufacturers together from April 24 to 26 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. The three-day show managed to spark some new technology interests, although many exhibitors were quick to notice the slow pace of attendees throughout the exhibition hall.
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Expo Pack Mexico

The Sports Palace in Mexico City plays host to Expo Pack Mexico from June 26 to 29. With some 600 exhibitors on hand, it’s the key packaging show in Central America.

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