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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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Willett America Inc: Label printer applicators

Willett’s (Grapevine, TX) Labeljet 262 features tamp-jet, tamp, air-jet or swing- arm modules as well as a choice of print engines that can be easily interchanged.
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Slautterback Corp.: Adhesive pattern generator

The PG24D hot melt adhesive pattern generator from Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is a solid-state, microprocessor-based unit. It enables the programming of adhesive application in time increments ranging from 0.001 to 9.999 sec or in length increments from 0.01” to 99½”.
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Haumiller Engineering: Plug inserter

The Model 3250 applicator system from Haumiller (Elgin, IL) fits standard or oddly shaped containers with plugs, overcaps, spray tips, collars and other applicators at speeds to 180 containers/min.
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EZ-Tek Industries Inc: Case taper

Ez-Tek Industries’ (Deer Park, NY) Easy-Taper® Top & Bottom case taper applies 2”- or 3”-wide tape to tall, unstable boxes. It incorporates a single-motor drive system that is said to save energy and simplify operation of the machine.
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AZCO Corp.: Inspection for pouch inserters

Developed for use with the company’s pouch inserting equipment, a new vision inspection system from Azco (Elmwood Park, NJ) detects cut pouches and when a pouch has not been fed.
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Remedent's new package turns heads (sidebar)

The packaging process
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Ameripak Co.: Servo-controlled wrapper

Ameripak (Warrington, PA) has upgraded its Model 3500 horizontal wrapper by adding servo control for the fin wheel. This is said to improve precision in responding to package length and in orienting print registration on the wrap film.
This drawing shows the U-shaped aseptic filling line from beginning to end.
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Aseptic drug filling boasts new type of sterilization

Sterilizing a depyrogenation tunnel by means of vaporized hydrogen peroxide is a first at Organon’s recently installed vial filling line.
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PneumaticScaleAngelus: Capper with torque monitoring

Pneumatic Scale’s (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) TC Capper features a torque monitoring option, which is said to guarantee correct application torques and eliminate the possibility of leaking and overtightened caps.
The thermal-transfer printer/encoder "test" machine (above) operates at a Hines Veterans Hospital outpatient pharmacy. It encode
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VA hospital tests 'talking' label

Visually impaired patients at a veterans hospital are participating in a pilot program involving a radio-frequency identification labeling system that can read aloud prescription information and instructions for a medicine.
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CVC Technologies: 'Speaking' data labeler

Capable of speaking set-up directions and diagnostic assistance in English, Spanish or Chinese, the Hawk Labeler from CVC (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) memorizes bar codes, container sizes, label sizes and hot-stamp data so it can stop the machine if an incorrect package is presented.
Open-mouth, pinch-bottom bags (top) are pulled from a magazine feed by vacuum cups. Sealed bags (above) exit the filler and are
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Efficiency gained, paper costs cut

A UK producer of chemicals used in the leather industry successfully integrated an automated packaging line and cut the cost of multiwall paper bags in the process.

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