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Dutch (left) and Don LaJeunesse hold a skin-packed pad of stainless-steel components in front of their company's new skin packag
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'Job shop' takes hands-on approach to skin packaging

Semi-automatic skin packaging machine improves protection of shipments of stainless-steel components and saves money.
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Automated case packing
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Automated case packing

On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, the rotary case packer from Hartness International operates just like the uncaser, except in reverse. Downstream from the case packer, tab-lock reshippers have their tabs slit before flaps are plowed and glued shut.
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Clamco Corporation: F/f/s shrink wrapping system

Clamco’s (Cleveland, OH) 1700-series automatic f/f/s shrink wrapping system can handle up to 80 packages/min. The 1700 series includes a patented rotary hot knife side seal attachment with cast steel knife for sealing most polyolefin, polyethylene and PVC films.
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Quadrel Labeling Systems: P-s labeling system

The Premier in-line p-s labeling system from Quadrel (Mentor, OH) is for multishift use and applies labels to oval, rectangular, or cylindrical containers at speeds to 400/min.
Bottles are removed from reshippers by a continuous-motion rotary-style uncaser (left).
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Bacardi moves to modernization

A revamp of Line One is just part of a plant-wide move to upgrade, automate, and modernize Bacardi’s Jacksonville, FL, plant. See in-plant video
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Monoblock rinsing/filling/capping
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Monoblock rinsing/filling/capping

On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, the cap hopper is nearly 150 feet upstream from the capper. This minimizes dust and clutter on the filling line. The rinser/filler/capper, supplied by Horix Manufacturing, includes a 60-head rinser, 80-head filler, and 20-head capper.
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Weber Packaging Solutions: Weber Packaging Solutions: Label printer/applicator

Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) introduces its Model 5200 Series, a label printer/applicator designed, engineered, and built exclusively by Weber.
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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Tray packer

The TP-25 tray packer for aseptic cartons from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) runs 1-L aseptic cartons at up to 25 trays/min. A positive product handling/laning system allows for pre-collation of product and acts as an in-process accumulator.
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Bacardi moves to modernization (sidebar)

Uncaser, case packer like twins
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Uncasing
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Uncasing

Bacardi was among the first to install this rotary uncaser from Hartness International on this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products. It uses 10 carriages continuously moving in a circle to pick bottles from reshippers and place them on a conveyor leading to the rinser/filler/capper block.
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Compact casepacker

With a footprint of 6’x9’, the Bergami C97 automatic case packer from ESS (Bangor, PA) uses mechanical drives on the tops and bottoms of cases to move them along.
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Smurfit-Stone: Smurfit-Stone: Packer-mounted sealer

Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Salt Lake City, UT) introduces the Clean-Pack 7000, a packer-mounted ultrasonic valve bag sealer. The system uses a new process for retracting the filling tube from a valve bag.
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Teledyne TapTone: Inspection system for flexible packs

The TapTone (North Falmouth, MA) PBI-100 in-line inspection system for flexible packaging can detect leaks and defects in plastic bottles, pouches, jugs, or tubes.
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filling machine

The Advantage Line Model DHAA-400 automatic auger filling machine from All-Fill (Exton, PA) consists of dual All-Fill filling heads, an independent motorized chain conveyor mounted on a frame base, and all accessories.
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J&J Manufacturing Company: Vf/f/s system

J&J (Beaumont, TX) now offers the Mira-Pak Saturn line of vf/f/s machinery. Operating at speeds to 120 bags/min, several models offer bag widths from 3” to 14”, pneumatic operation, LCD display and key pad, and automatic film tracking to detect necessary adjustments.

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