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Columbia Machine: Bag palletizer

Bag palletizer from Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) is constructed to provide at least 25 years of service life, says company. Said to save labor and injury costs by replacing hand stacking of bags.
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Serpa Packaging Solutions: Case erector

A cam-driven erector with vacuum cups prepares cases for filling on the 3000 Compack Automatic Case Packer (CACP) from Serpa (Visalia, CA). Operating at speeds to 10 cases/min, the machine seals cases with glue or tape and requires no tools for changeover.
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Open Date Systems, Inc: Feeding/coding system

The C2000 from Open Date (Georges Mills, NH) is a portable, off-line feeding and coding machine for cartons, cards, pouches, sleeves and other flat products.
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Belcor Industries Inc: Pack station

Belcor’s (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) Ergo-Level semi-automatic case erector and pack station is said to enhance operator safety because of special height-adjustable legs.
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PEI Innovations Inc: Impact detector for bottling lines

PEI Innovation’s (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada) introduces Smart Bottle,™ a system that can detect locations in a bottling line where impact is likely to break bottles.
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mk North America, Inc: mk North America, Inc: Belt conveyors

Guf-P Mini belt conveyor systems from mk Automation (Bloomfield, CT) are designed for material handling applications where space is at a premium. Available in 75, 100 and 150 mm (2.96”, 3.94” and 5.91”) widths with lengths from 300 to 5100 mm (11.92” to 200.94”).
The vf/f/s machine discharges four filled and sealed packs at a time (above). The equipment heat-seals a strip of unprinted film
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield

Stonyfield Farm is so confident about the potential sales of its Yo Squeeze organic yogurt for kids that it’s purchased a second vf/f/s machine. Each machine produces 200 tubes/min, with an unusual ‘butt seal.’
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Omega Design Corp.: Bottle unscramblers

Omega Design (Exton, PA) has released a 4-color catalog sheet on the Omega Bauman “ACO” bottle unscramblers. Machines offer automatic changeover and eliminate the need for change parts.
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Air Technical Industries: Wrapper/weigher

After wrapping a pallet load weighing up to 4ꯠ lb, Air Technical’s (Mentor, OH) LPEZ stretch wrapper provides a digital readout of the total weight, avoiding an additional move to a scale.
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield (sidebar)

Cartoner delivers downstream
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Monarch Marking Systems: Promotional labeler

Model 1138 promotional labeler from Monarch Marking (Miamisburg, OH) prints large 8-mm-high characters, features 5 print character positions and has versatile pricing formats as well as bold, vibrant label designs.
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Unique Solutions: Servo-driven inserter

The US301 ProMaster Elite from Unique Solutions® (Lake Zurich, IL) is a servo-driven inserter. It takes 2-D or 3-D items from a continuous, perforated bandolier format and places them into cartons, bags or other packages.
The redesigned Tums package (left) features a snap-on/twist-off cap and an oval-shaped neck finish that is induction-sealed on a
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Tums packages sealed with a twist

SmithKline Beecham breaks new ground with an oval-shaped, induction-sealed foil membrane beneath a twist-off cap. Benefits include reduced downtime and less scrap.
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Capmatic Ltd.: Tabletop monoblocks

Capmatic’s (Montreal North, Quebec, Canada) Bambino FS Monoblocks are designed to package vials with either sterile or nonsterile products. Production speeds vary from 15 to 50 bpm, depending on the size of the vial and functions required.
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Vf/f/s system

The Infinity 1016 vf/f/s machine from SIG Pack Eagle (Oakland, CA) produces pillow, gusseted and flat-bottom packages with optional holes, tear notches and easy-peel seals.

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