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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

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Moving spouts (inset) travel with the bags as they fill three bags simultaneously. The entire packaging line (above) is controll
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Controls push speed limit

U.S. Sugar fills two 5-lb bags/sec with better than ±0.1% accuracy thanks to a state-of-the-art sugar-filling line powered by the latest in servo drive, PLC and networking technology.
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Unsaleable product costs reach $4.2 billion in '98

Packaging is often the problem when products and packages are diverted from retailers to reclamation centers. Credits issued are a growing cost for distributors and manufacturers, says a new report.
A robotic gripper places a case (above) onto a pallet at Marcal's Elmwood Park, NJ, facility. The facility employs two robotic p
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Palletizers lift Marcal's efficiency

Robotic and in-line palletizers automate what had been primarily a manual process at Marcal Paper Mills’ Elmwood Park, NJ, plant. A two-year system payback is anticipated.
While Kellogg's Snack'Ums are aimed at kids age 8 to 12 (above), Dannon's new drinkable yogurt (left) is for the 3- to 8-year-ol
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Packaging for kids at Kellogg and Dannon

When these two food processing powerhouses used existing brands as launch pads for kid-oriented new products, they were highly selective about their choice of containers.
Freshly blown bottles are collated by this row-former and then swept to the left onto a matte-top conveyor. Bottles are held on
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Self-manufacture of bottles brings savings

In-house blow molding of 500-mL PET bottles is expanding in a big way at Aberfoyle Springs. Two blow-molding machines are in, and a third is on the way.
Seen in the foreground and background (below left) are unusual blending scale systems that deliver IQF vegetables (such as those
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Contract packager blends vf/f/s systems

Unusual integrated blending scale systems enable a California contract packager to fill as many as nine different individually quick-frozen vegetables into a single bag.
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Molded pulp moves into new markets

The use of molded pulp as a dunnage or commodity material in packaging goes back to World War I. But only in the past few years have packaged goods manufacturers begun to design molded pulp to meet specific applications.
Ten 50-mL rum bottles are packed in an open-ended, neck-through paperboard carton to secure the bottles during case packing and
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Case packer provides Bacardi with rum on the run

A new case packer helps Bacardi Bottling package 10-count cartons of 50-mL rum miniatures into corrugated shippers.
Cases are formed into rows (top) on a slider plate that moves a layer of cases (above) onto the stretch wrapper part of the pall
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Dow Corning sings praises of palletizer/stretch wrapper combo

Combo systems at the end of three silicone sealant cartridge packaging lines save space, money and materials at the company's Elizabethtown, KY, facility.
A three-compartment CPET tray, PE-based lidding film and colorful SBS carton are employed by Corky?s for its frozen HMR dinners
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HMR package serves dual markets

Southern BBQ restaurant chain and mail-order business employs the same dual-ovenable CPET tray and attractive paperboard carton to introduce frozen dinners sold both in hospitals and grocery stores.
Slim Stick packs for ConAgra?s Sidewalk Café are produced five/cycle (above) on Japanese equipment at contract manufacturer
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Equipment 'Powers' stick-pack production

Fullerton, CA-based ConAgra Grocery is among the first to use a slim stick pack, for its Sidewalk Caf/ instant cappuccino. Contract manufacturer/packager The Power Group packs the product on Japanese equipment.
After cups are filled, they index to a station where plastic lidding is heat-sealed to the containers (right), before an overcap
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Renovation reaps rewards for yogurt maker

New cup filling, accumulating, coding, cartoning and case packing equipment help Stonyfield Farm double yogurt capacity at its Londonderry, NH, headquarters facility.
In the station shown above, thermally conditioned injection-molded preforms are being handed off to the portion of the bottle-ma
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Guzzlers bring new gear to Twin Mountain

When fruit-flavored Guzzlers proved popular, this bottled water marketer moved quickly to install both new bottle-making equipment as well as a new packaging line.
A close-up of the stacking machine shows the three sets of three-high cases of yogurt. Based on the stacker?s success, Stonyfie
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Stonyfield Farm stacks benefits

Maintenance mechanic designs and builds an automatic case stacking machine that reduces labor costs and helps ready the company for new palletizing equipment.
The palletizer offloads the full pallet onto the automated transfer car (left), which moves on tracks embedded in the floor. The
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Overhead carriage wrapping averts product damage

Red Devil, a manufacturer of caulk, sealants and spackling compounds, eliminated product damage by switching to stretch wrappers that move film around a stationary load rather than spinning the load on a turntable.

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