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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

Peelable lidstock is heat-sealed to hot-filled cups of salsa (left) on an intermittent-motion cup filling machine. Before sealin
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Film structure is tops with Bel/Kaukauna

A multilayer peelable lidding film for plastic cups of hot-filled salsa eliminates leakers and provides easy opening.
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Combining machinery functions while we broaden options

The big show at Dsseldorf, interpack 99, proved to be another education in the worldwide scope of packaging. Coming just seven months after Pack Expo 98, there are some parallels between the shows, though there's also a whole host of differences.
Marc Anderson, vp of manufacturing (far left) and Dick Wendroth, plant engineer, stand beside one of three new print-and-apply l
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Print-and-apply applies to carton converter

Automated print-and-apply labeling replaces manual case labeling and eliminates inventorying preprinted label stock. Combined labor and material savings top $100ꯠ/yr for folding carton converter Walter G. Anderson, Inc.
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Snapple continues innovative packaging tradition

Snapple's new beverage line seems to have all the "elements" of effective packaging: an eye-catching glass bottle, a sophisticated label with deep, blazing color and even a surprise graphic element on the label that is revealed only when the bottle is empty.
As a case moves down a powered roller conveyor, its bar code is scanned. This information is sent directly across an industri
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Controls system simplifies automatic case sortation

In the central packaging area of the two-year-old snack plant built by Pretzels, Inc. in Bluffton, In, corrugated cases of bagged snacks are conveyed from packaging to palletizing on a single powered roller conveyor.
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
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Robots continue march into packaging

It will come as no surprise to anyone who may have walked Pack Expo 98 last November, but robot makers expect heady growth in packaging applications over the next few years.
Cross-feed conveyors receive product from a distribution conveyor for direct delivery to the combination scales. Shown here is t
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Fire gives snack baker a clean slate

Fire claimed Pretzels, Inc.'s Indiana headquarters plant on Christmas Eve '97. By the following August, a new plant with a streamlined packaging room had risen from the ashes.
This load (left) in 3Com?s Santa Clara, CA, warehouse, symbolizes everything that 3Com wants to change: the load is too tall and
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3Com 'networks' packaging knowledge

Maker of computer networking gear forms a Global Packaging Initiatives Team to create global packaging standards. This "best practices" blueprint aims to cut costs and unify 3Com's packaging worldwide.
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Elettric 80 Inc: Robotic palletizer

Freeway is an integrated robotic palletizer and laser-guided vehicle made by Elettric 80 (Rolling Meadows, IL). It saves on floor space and reduces maintenance needs, says the maker.
The package for Oral-B Laboratories? new CrossAction toothbrush (above) is as interesting as the product inside. It?s probably t
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Technology 'inches' forward at Oral-B

Oral-B concludes three-year project to develop new brush and creative preprinted package structure. Inks, thermoforming, materials handling, package closing systems all gain in new developments.
An equipment ?center? (above) at Anheuser-Busch?s Houston, TX, brewery is equipped with six labelers. This center is positioned
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Anheuser-Busch operators monitor 'mirrored' lines

Packaging equipment operators on Houston's two new bottling lines evolve from 'machine watchers' to 'process monitors.'
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch

From depalletizing to shipping, nearly identical packaging equipment on two new lines boosts efficiency at the brewer's Houston, TX, plant.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch (sidebar)

Putting the wraps on A-B's lines

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