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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)

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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.
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Label Printers: Label Printers: Label printers

Zebra (Vernon Hills, IL) introduces its XiIII label printer, which can be configured remotely via the Internet. It sends e-mail or pager messages to designated employees as soon as problems, such as running out of labels, occur.
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Oden Corporation: Liquid filling system

Available as a semiautomatic bench-top unit or fully automatic system, the Servo/Fill® system from Oden (Buffalo, NY) dispenses 0.5 oz to 5 gal of watery, foamy, or viscous liquids into virtually any shape of container.
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Modular Packaging Systems, Inc: Tube filler/closer

The Puma 60 tube filler from Modular Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) fills and closes metal, plastic, or laminated tubes. The automatic machine operates at speeds to 3길 tubes/hr.
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Tisma, an SWF Company: Flip-top cartoner

Three sizes of Tisma’s (Elk Grove Village, IL) continuous-motion flip-top cartoner offer speeds from 50 to 600 cartons/min. Optional infeeds include counter fillers, volumetric fillers, computerized scales, and augers.
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology (sidebar)

More complex structures, too
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AIDCO International Inc: Palletizer/depalletizer

The fully or semi-automatic LiftStar from Aidco (Adrian, MI) is a machine that palletizes and depalletizes bulk metal, glass, or plastic containers as well as corrugated cartons and plastic trays or cases.
One of Calhoun's new vf/f/s lines automates packaging from roll stock to manual case packing. Some examples of Calhoun Bend Mill
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Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology

Beginning a decade ago, Calhoun Bend Mill started with simple packaging equipment, went through a rebuild upgrade and now has two new vf/f/s machines for bags of its food mixes.
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Prodo-Pak Corp.: Vertical f/f/s system

Operating at speeds to 200 pouches/min, the PV 214PS4 vertical f/f/s system from Prodo-Pak (Garfield, NJ) creates 2 to 4 pillow or 3-side-sealed pouches every cycle.
The first of two stretch wrappers used by Spencer Press is this orbital machine that applies film around the top, bottom, and tw
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Six-sided wrapping speeds Spencer

Two new stretch wrappers that run in sequence on the same line greatly increase speed and output while eliminating labor costs to band pallets of mail-order catalogs printed by Spencer Press.
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Rollstock, Inc: Rollstock, Inc: Label printer

Intended to integrate with the company’s counting scales and balances, the DYMO/Setra 300 from Setra (Boxborough, MA) prints 23 bar-code symbologies and 5 fonts.
Dean Foods' newly introduced Marie's Pourables is a line of PET-bottled fresh salad dressings sold in the refrigerated case. The
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Dean Foods pours into extended shelf life

Dean Foods’ National Refrigerated Products Group employs extended shelf life technologies to market new products. New Marie’s Pourables and NesQuik demonstrate this strategy.

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