Machinery

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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QuickLabel Systems: Label system brochure

QuickLabel Systems (West Warwick, RI) has released a brochure describing the LRU™, Less Ribbon Used™ Print & Apply feature-filled print-and-apply label system.
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Great Lakes Corp.: Shrink bundler

Great Lakes Corp.’s (Schiller Park, IL) Model 708HB-16 stainless-steel shrink bundler is designed to multipack health, beauty, and pharmaceutical products at speeds to 30 bundles/min.
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Axon: Product literature

Axon Corp./Styrotech (Raleigh, NC) has published a brochure describing stretch sleeve label applicators. Units can handle a range of container sizes and shapes with rates to 65 containers/min.
Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Depalletizing
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Bacardi Bottling Corp.: Depalletizing

On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, glass bottles arrive in tab-lock reshippers stacked on pallets. The reshippers are elevated layer by layer and then swept off on a discharge conveyor leading to the filling line by the Krones depalletizer.
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Chroma Corp.: Laser marking technology

Chroma Lazer-Tec is a newly developed product from Chroma Corp. (McHenry, IL) that when used with CO2, Dot Matrix, or Yag laser marking equipment allows for the marking of polyolefins, engineering grade, and styrenic resins.
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Bottle unscrambler

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) offers the APS Module Bloc-MB-55 system, which meets a variety of filling applications for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Books enter the case packing line on an infeed conveyor and are then stacked for case packing in a down-stacking chamber.
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Textbook publisher moves to automation

By automating case packing and palletizing, this not-for-profit book publisher saves thousands of volunteer hours annually.
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Belcor Industries Inc: Ergonomic height adjuster

The ErgoLevel™ feature on Belcor’s (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) 505/252 case erector packing station allows operators to adjust the machine’s height by cranking levelers.
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Vantage Pak: Pick-and-place system

The PadMate from Vantage Pak (New Britain, CT) is a compact pick-and-place system designed with a servo-controlled pick-and-place arm. The dual-purpose arm will pick and place a corrugated pad from the magazine onto a 2-stage conveyor belt.
A Blue Diamond technician makes a keypad adjustment to a new case coder (above). Each coder codes up to three lines of type on a
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Case coders sparkle at Blue Diamond

New equipment delivers three lines of type for bulk boxes of nuts. The case coders reduce labor costs, downtime, and ink loss associated with previous units.
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Pace Packaging Corp.: Bottle unscrambler

Designed for the pharmaceutical industry, the Pharma-line 250 plastic bottle unscrambler from Pace (Fairfield, NJ) handles small round, square, rectangular, and oval containers at speeds to 200/min.
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Cryovac: Cryovac: Packaging/dispensing systems

From Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) comes the Instapak™ foam-in-bag system, Cryovac™ Impact shrink film, and high-abuse-resistant Cryovac CorTuff™ shrink film.
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U.S. Sugar zips into reclosable bags (sidebar)

Zipper application is outsourced
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Delta Engineering Corp.: Kit packager

Designed for a single operator, the MK-5 semiautomatic kit packaging system from Delta (Winchester, MA) feeds product from 5 compartments to the workstation where batches of multiple parts are collected before being sent onto bag sealing machinery.

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