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Case palletizer brochure

Alvey Systems (St. Louis, MO) has published a 4-page color brochure on its 680 Series of low-speed case palletizers. A complete family of floor-level, end-of-line palletizers, the 680 includes Lexan doors, hopper walls, heavy-duty frame construction, lift-and-square pallet dispenser, and more.
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RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper
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RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper

On this prescription drug repackaging line, the Swiftlift, supplied by Swiftpack Automation, another DT Industries division, is a bucket mounted on a vertical shaft.
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Bottle transporter

Goldco’s (Loveland, CO) Flex Glide™ PET bottle conveyor uses neck support rings instead of belts or air to move bottles upright though production lines.
RxPak: Electronic tablet counter
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RxPak: Electronic tablet counter

Filling on this prescription drug repackaging line is done by a pair of SV2 Intellisense electronic tablet counters from Swiftpack.
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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.
RxPak: Bottles being oriented
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RxPak: Bottles being oriented

The Kalish bottle unscrambler is fed from a floor-level hopper on this prescription drug repackaging line. It unscrambles and orients bottles before placing them on a conveyor leading to an air rinse unit.
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.
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept (sidebar)

Changeover changes
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Bosch Packaging Technology: Vf/f/s system

In the Bosch Packaging (Bridgman, MI) PMC 4201 vf/f/s system, servomotor controls have replaced the typical vertical shafts and eccentric control.
The rotary filler (top) is driven by a motor capable of handling Robson's viscous spun honey. A slight indentation in each bottl
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Robson's assembles a honey of a line

Filling, capping and labeling jars of honey by hand was too slow at this Arizona honey maker, especially with new markets on the horizon. Automated machinery was the answer
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Bradman-Lake Inc: End-load machine

The SL9000 Servo Series from Bradman-Lake (Bristol, England) is an automatic, continuous-motion end-load machine for large scale, high-speed cartoning operations.
Shown above are just a few of the shapes and sizes filled routinely on Kos?'s versatile bottling line.
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Building sales through versatility

Tokyo-based cosmetics giant Kosé installs two modular, quick-change bottling lines versatile enough to handle nearly 100 different bottle shapes and sizes.
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Trine Labeling Systems: Quick-change labeler

The Quick Change Model 4700 labeler from Trine Labelling Systems (Fullerton, CA) can label lightweight, empty 2-L PET bottles at 600 bottles/min. The 4700 incorporates a container flow path that reduces container dynamics and peripheral speed during label application, resulting in higher labeling speed and precise label placement, says the company.
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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