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Packaging takes spotlight at NPE

From June 19 to 23, the National Plastics Exposition will occupy more than 1.1 million sq’ at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Packaging will be the focus for many of the more than 2ꯠ exhibitors.
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A Friedman Bag employee checks a Green Giant press run for color quality (left). A filled bag (top right) shows off the product'
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Flexo press colors future for Friedman Bag

California film and bag maker/converter invests in its future with an eight-color central impression flexo press that expands its opportunities. Press helps Friedman Bag retain the business of Pillsbury spinoff Potandon Produce.
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More conferences for EastPack

Several groups are planning conference sessions during EastPack in Philadelphia. Some are planned for Monday, the day before the show opens on Tuesday, May 23.
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PCs offer strengths in other areas

The following letter was received in response to a two-part series by David Newcorn, Special Projects Editor, on PC vs PLC controls, published in September and December 1999 (see packworld.com/go/pcctrl).
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Edson Packaging Machinery Ltd.: Case packer

Starting at less than $250ꯠ, the RP 240 robotic case packer from Edson (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) top loads light or heavy products into small or large packages at speeds to 15 cases/min, or 50 layers/min.
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Dimension Industries, LLC: Robotic cartoner

Cartoning 100 pouches/min and up to 17 pouches/carton, the Model 550 top-load cartoner from Dimension Industries (Maple Grove, MN) features robotic pick-and-place mechanisms that collate pouches and form them into patterns before loading.
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Dynax: Materials handling system

The robotic five-axis Flexcell™ from Dynax (Sarasota, FL) loads, unloads and assembles delicately finished packaging components. including bottles, closures or other small pieces that have easily marred finishes.
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Postal service spends $66 million for tray handling

Last fall, the U.S. Postal Service awarded a $66 million contract for 100 robotic container loading systems to ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI).
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.
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Robotics is hot

Third-quarter statistics show that the North American robotics industry is having its best year ever, says the Robotics Industries Assn. (Ann Arbor, MI).
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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.
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Salwasser Mfg. Co., Inc: Case/tray packer

The SFX-100 case/tray packer from Salwasser (Reedley, CA) uses a 2-axis robotic arm with vacuum or gripper tooling to lift and place full layers of product into 1 or more cases/trays in each cycle.
Joe Kimbrell, Rovema
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Machine builders debate PC vs PLC control

Part two of our report on PC vs PLC control for packaging machinery, from the perspective of design engineers at leading packaging machinery builders.
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McNeil uses custom tools in its tf/f/s machine  to form individual packaging units that are  elegantly shaped. The portion-contr
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Packaging helps Johnson & Johnson enter food business

A custom thermoform and sophisticated packaging machinery help bring Johnson & Johnson's cholesterol-reducing Benecol spread to supermarkets across the country.

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