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OSHA to crack the whip

Industry says that proposed new regulations on safety and health and on ergonomics are unnecessary. Will OSHA listen?
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Four crates are filled with each cycle of this machine. Each gripper aligns its bottle so that when bottles land in the crate, l
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
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.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
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Schroeder Machines: Case packer

Operating at speeds to 30 cases/min, the Model 3000 robotic case packer from Schroeder (East Syracuse, NY) uses a linear pick-and-place device to transport light, unstable packages from the infeed conveyor to the section of the machine for pack pattern forming.
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Viking Industries Inc: Hot melt systems

Viking (New Smyrna Beach, FL) will introduce its Titan line of hot melt adhesive dispensing equipment, featuring backup safety shutoff systems that continuously monitor low/high temperatures and open/short conditions.
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Pack Expo week is a machinery extravaganza and more

Swirling around Pack Expo 98 are seminars and technical conferences that round out the Pack Expo experience. Robotics.
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BluePrint Automation: Case packer

BluePrint Automation's (Colonial Heights, VA) robotic case packer, the "Swing Machine," packs bags or cartons-vertically or horizontally, standing up or lying down-at speeds up to 50 picks/min.
These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
Full-coverage in-mold labeling was the only way for Farm Fresh to reproduce eye-popping graphics on a non-round plastic containe
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Packaging positions ice cream for upscale sales

Farm Fresh's new all-plastic, rectangular ice cream package features full-coverage, in-mold-labeled graphics, believed to be one of the first applications of its kind in the U.S.
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: PET bottle handling system

Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) high-speed conveyor and accumulation system can handle up to 470 bottles/min. The system offers an automatic pallet handling system, complete line-speed modulation and pressureless combining.
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FANUC Robotics: Washdown robot

FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

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