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Vantage Pak: Wraparound tray/case packers

The Vantage 35 and 35SC Wraparound Tray/Case packers from Vantage Pak (New Britain, CT) are user-friendly mechanical and servo-controlled packers that are said to pack finished products at a speed of up to more than 35 cases/min.
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An eToys operator inspects a boxed order to determine how many air cushions will be necessary to prevent excessive product movem
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment

Air-cushion-making machinery, conveyors, case tapers and printers provide operational efficiency at embattled e-tailer e-Toys’ new distribution facility in Ontario, CA.
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Quadrel Labeling Systems: In-line labeler

The all-stainless in-line labeling system from Quadrel (Mentor, OH) applies 200 labels/min to fronts, backs, necks, tops or bottoms of glass or plastic containers of virtually any shape.
Overhead hoppers on each electronic tablet counter are fed by a bucket that travels on demand from a floor-level hopper (inset)
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New line helps repackaging pay off

Added last August, RxPak’s newest drug repackaging line is notable not only for its level of automation, but also for the senior-friendly, child-resistant closure it applies. See in-plant video
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Bosch Packaging Technology: Bandsealers

Available in standard or medical formats, B-500 bandsealers from Doboy (New Richmond, WI) seal up to 500”/min of PE, heat-seal-coated thin foil or paper/poly bag and pouch material.
Unilever's revamped overcap sortation and orientation system smooths out what had been a jam-laden setup.
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Unilever overcomes overcapping obstacles

Unilever’s overcap sorter/orienter/feeder for aerosol hairsprays lifts production rates by 22% and eliminates constant jams.
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ID Technology: Label printer/applicator

The Model 250 label print-and-apply system from ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX) prints bar codes, text and graphics at 300 dpi at speeds to 12”/sec.
Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
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Fogg Filler Co.: Vertical cap sorter

The VSE-18 vertical cap sorting elevator from Fogg (Holland, MI) uses cleats on the conveyor chain to pick up 28-, 38- or 43-mm flat caps and push-pull closures at speeds to 600 caps/min.
Frame-mounted 4-axis robot uses vacuum cups to assemble cases of cartoned milk three at a time.
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'Cool' robot palletizes three-up

A robot at Schroeder Milk palletizes cases from three lines in up to three different configurations at a time using specialized tooling to handle cases, pallets or slipsheets. System replaces manual palletization.
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Willett America Inc: Label printer applicators

Willett’s (Grapevine, TX) Labeljet 262 features tamp-jet, tamp, air-jet or swing- arm modules as well as a choice of print engines that can be easily interchanged.
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SeaShell drives away damage (sidebar)

Seagate serves two customer ‘streams’
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BluePrint Automation: Remote case erector

BluePrint Automation’s (Colonial Heights, VA) RCE case erector is designed for standard fully automatic changeover. Features touch screen operator interface for the selection and storage of multiple case sizes.
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Gebo Industries: Dual-belt cap sorter

The newest Aidlin cap-orienting feeder from Gebo (Bradenton, FL) has 2 orienting elevator belts, which allow operators to switch between sorting flat caps and push-pull closures virtually at the touch of a button.
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Teledyne TapTone: On-line inspection system

Use of x-ray technology in TapTone’s (North Falmouth, MA) RayTrak II, an on-line inspection system, is said to provide user with precise fill-level monitoring in bottles, cans and jars.

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