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The personnel involved in the expansion were (inset, L to R) Sargento's Jay Nolte, distribution center manager; Jim Gillman, fir
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Wrapper stretches Sargento output

Sargento supplements a well-liked workhorse stretch wrapper with a system that’s 30% faster and also saves on film.
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Q.C. Industries, llc: Belt conveyors

The 400 Series heavy-duty, low-profile belt conveyors from QC Industries (Batavia, OH) feature widths to 60” and lengths to 100’. Available in standard, corrosion resistant, wash-down, and magnetic versions.
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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs (sidebar)

Reiser helps distribute packaging solutions
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Label-Aire: P-s labelers

Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) introduces the new Rotary 9000 Series of p-s labelers. Constructed mainly of stainless steel, they handle most shapes and sizes of containers at speeds to 600/min and can apply up to 6 labels on the same product.
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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs

Manufacturer relies on modified atmosphere packaging for its line of convenience store sandwiches.
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Cloud Packaging Equipment: Servo-driven pouching machine

With servo drives at the registration roll, vertical sealer, web feed roll, tucking roll, filler wheel, and top sealer, the ServOriginal pouching system from Cloud (Des Plaines, IL) has replaced mechanical parts that need regular maintenance, can become misaligned, and may be difficult to clean.
Robotic pick-and-place tool (top) loads eight trays at a time into carrier plates that deliver the trays to the evacuation/backf
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days (sidebar)

Robotics to the rescue
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
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Coreco Imaging: Machine vision software

Coreco Imaging (Bedford, MA) has released Imaging Studio 5.0, machine vision software that supports Coreco’s PC and IC families of frame grabbers.
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IMA North America: Cartoner

Operating at speeds to 60 cartons/min, the BFB Vertima cartoner from IMA (Fairfield, CT) is a vertical, intermittent-motion cartoner for bottles and jars.
Integrated section comprises 8-up clamshell denesting onto a custom conveyor that moves left to right (above). Midway of the mac
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Rayovac charges up battery lines

Two new production lines package AA and AAA batteries, respectively, into peggable, reclosable RPET clamshells. Integrated setups include self-designed battery handling systems.
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Wepackit, Inc: Servo-driven case packer

The Model 400CP case packer from Wepackit (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada) packs 1-oz to 3-lb glass and plastic cans, cartons, or tubs into cases at speeds to 50 cases/min.
A 10-bucket combination scale feeds a steady supply of sweetened dried cranberries to each waiting case (inset).
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Bulk-packed Craisins pick up the pace

As demand for its sweetened dried cranberries in 10- and 25-lb boxes continued to increase, Ocean Spray responded with a brand new bag-in-box line.
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3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division: Case labeling/sealing station

The 3M-Matic™ corner label applicator CA2000 from 3M (St. Paul, MN) prints bar codes, graphics, or text on labels, then wraps them around corners of cases while a case sealer tapes cases shut.
On the Excel bagger (bottom photo), American Innotek's portable toilet bags are packaged for its "industrial" clients. The SPrin
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'Sprinting' to automated efficiency

New bagging equipment makes it easy for this California manufacturer to package its disposable travel toilet for either industrial or retail channels.

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