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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.
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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Hot-stamp imprinter

Marking a 1 7/8”x1 7/8” area at speeds to 250 cycles/min, the CodeRunner hot-stamp imprinter from Norwood (Downers Grove, IL) mounts easily onto continous-motion overwrapping machines, labelers, and f/f/s systems.
The converting machine (left) produces air-filled cushions a maximum width of 8", with length varying from 3" to 20". Omron Heal
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Air cushions salve Omron's shipping wounds

Medical supply distributor switches from loose-fill “peanuts” to an air-cushioned void fill to satisfy customers and cut space requirements.
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Motoman Robotics: Robotic integration brochure

Alvey Systems (St. Louis, MO) has published a brochure highlighting the expansion of its robotic palletizing integration capabilities to include Motoman’s articulating arm robot.
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Autoprod Inc: Redesigned filler/closer

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) redesigned the RO-A7 rotary filler and closer to include a servo-driven, microprocessor-controlled filler and touchscreen interface.
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Hot melt units

Thermojet II hot melt units from Valco Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) offer 3.5- to 180-kg tanks and 16 independently controlled heating zones. Set-up and adjustments are made via touch pad, and the units feature self-tuning microprocessor PID controllers and motor-driven gear pumps.
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Weber Packaging Solutions: Case handler

Weber’s (Arlington Heights, IL) carton handling system uses a grip belt drive to stabilize knocked-down corrugated boxes as large as 29.5”Wx29.4”Lx0.39”D during printing or labeling.

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