Machinery

Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing

At this Rolling Rock brewery, an automatic band cutter cuts eight bands before pallets are conveyed into the depalletizer. Once in the depalletizer, slip sheets are removed and stacked automatically.
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Flexo Rotary printer

The Flexpress 16 S/10 from Fischer and Krecke (Bielefeld, Germany) steplessly prints all materials in any print repeat between 320 and 1020 mm (12.61 and 40.19”) and in print widths of 1050 to 1650 mm (41.47 to 65.01”).
Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping
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Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping

On this bottled water line, pallet loads are unitized by an overhead-style stretch wrapper from ITW Mima using 20-ft-wide film. This model at Nature's Way wraps at speeds to one pallet every 12 seconds.
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5-layer blown film coex line

Bandera Luigi (Busto Arsizio, Italy) will present a five-layer blown film coextrusion line. The line features gravimetric dosing and loading equipment with a supervisory system, 5 single-screw extruders, melt filtering units, a 5-layer laterally-fed coextrusion head, the newly developed roll-type bubble calibration baskets, and a rotating upper take-off unit.
Nature's Way Purewater: Lane dividing and case packing
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Nature's Way Purewater: Lane dividing and case packing

On this bottled water line, servo-operated lane divider directs the jugs from one lane into three lanes ahead of continuous motion case packing. The case packer, from Douglas Machine, meters jugs via paddles to a cam-operated arm that pushes three atop the folded blank, which is erected by vacuum pick-and-place cups.
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Rao Design Intl. Inc: Blow/fill/seal

Rao Design (Schiller Park, IL) will exhibit blow/fill/seal machines for medical packaging solutions. The machines combine the technologies of blow molding hollow containers with a process to fill and seal the package in one machine cycle.
Nature's Way Purewater: Rotary filling
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Nature's Way Purewater: Rotary filling

On this bottled water line, the 30-valve rotary gravity-flow filler from Federal Mfg. is said to be among the largest in the water industry running at this high speed of 180 cpm. It operates with no container/no fill functionality.
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Cape Systems: Palletizing specs online

Cape Systems (Allen, TX) has developed the Web Page Publisher, a new program for sharing palletizing specs online. It allows users to save and publish information about new product developments, existing product arrangements, and their packaging and distribution.
Nature's Way Purewater: Depalletizing
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Nature's Way Purewater: Depalletizing

On this bottled water line, one of two robots from Custom Metal Designs depalletizes bagged layers of 1-gal containers and places them onto the infeed of the debagging system. The output of each of the twin units is nearly two LDPE-bagged layers/min, or a total of 180 containers/min.
A special indexing feature in the desiccant feeder ensures that one desiccant canister is inserted into each passing bottle, inc
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Co-packer kicks production up a notch

A canister-style desiccant helps a pharmaceutical contract packer protect delicate product from moisture. Newly installed desiccant feeders boost production, enabling the company to package millions of units/month.
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NJM Packaging : Carousel literature feeder

Carousel literature feeder from NJM/CLI (Lebanon, NH) means labor-intensive loading of outserts is no longer required. Designed for continuous running and simple operation.
The system shown here includes a robotic positioner that picks a bundle of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cut
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Machinery brings the future to Latrobe

The front end of this glass line for 12-oz Rolling Rock beer is practically an operator-free zone. Laser-guided vehicles replenish packaging materials on demand. See in-plant video
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Krones, Inc: Wraparound case/tray packer

Krones (Franklin, WI) offers the Wrapapac 5 wraparound packer. Output options vary among 700 (30/min x 24 pack), 1000 (45/min x 24 pack), and 1400 (60/min x 24 pack) packs/min.
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Three legs are better than one

Glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer run through paired fillers at 1길/min and then fan out to any one of three packaging legs. Eight operators ‘patrol’ the entire line. See in-plant video
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Belden Inc: Universal joints

Belden’s (Broadview, IL) universal joints can be used in many types of liquid filling, capping canning, and bottling machines that operate in various industries such as food, household, and pharmaceutical.

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