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End of line: Palletizing & Stretch Wrapping

Designed to minimize operator bending, a custom carriage stop allows the film to stop at any height
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Carton producer stretches savings

Paper company Rock-Tenn switches from a shrink wrapping system to a customized stretch wrapper to unitize skids of paper. Benefits stretch beyond expectations.
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Bottles are conveyed up and into the bowl of the unscrambler thanks to a feeder that Ledge Rock had fabricated locally. The sam
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Water bottling line completed by farmer

To bottle its spring water in volume, Wisconsin farmer uses creativity to complete an automated bottling line. Homemade feeders and some change parts help keep total costs low.
Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.
The robot?s gripper head picks up a case (above) after its bar-code label has been scanned. The scanned information is used to i
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Robotic palletization protects Sandvik

Automated lifting and stacking of heavy boxes onto pallets helps this maker of mining products avoid worker injuries and $120ꯠ of additional labor costs.
Bottles ease onto and off of the filler turret via oversized-diameter starwheels (left), which cut down on splashing associat
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Putting the pressure on faster filling

A unique feeding system on Sweet Ripe Drinks' new pressure filler permits 750-bpm speeds with less glass breakage, higher accuracy and 15-minute changeover.
An operator loads ends into a vertical pocket on one of nine Rotofeeder machines located on a mezzanine level at La Coste?a (lef
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End feeders zip chili pepper packing

Equipment that automatically feeds ends to can seamers helps Mexico City-based La Coste"a meet rising demand for its chili peppers. The feeders also save 70% in labor costs and improve overall efficiency at a two-year-old plant.
Cases are configured in a variety of formats by means of the case turner (inset) running just ahead of the automatic palletizer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots

Pegged by some as one craft brewer best positioned to thrive and grow, Redhook boldly stakes its claim to eastern markets with its New Hampshire facility.
A semi-automatic filler improves accuracy during filling of 1-qt cartons (left and inset
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Filler enables DriWater to eject rejects

Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
Figure 3 shows the basic operation of the entire case packing system, from multipack infeed to downstacking to case erecting to
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Case packer solves tissue issue

Unusual case packer at Georgia-Pacifics Bellingham plant employs an infeed laning system and a rotating bucket to load various prewrapped multipacks of bathroom tissue into corrugated cases.

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