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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.
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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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How European culture drives packaging

The Intl. Steel Packaging Congress 1999, held during interpack 99, illuminated ideas for European manufacturers at the turn of the century. Many points will resound also in the U.S.
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WestPack celebrates 50 years of packaging innovation

Featuring five specialty pavilions, including a new one for converters, WestPack 99 honors its history at the Anaheim Convention Center Sept. 28 to 30.
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Buying plans strong for '99

Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
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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.
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Machinery sales to be robust, PMMI says

Sales of packaging machinery in the U.S. this year is expected to be up by about 6%, according to new research for the Packaging Machinery manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).

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