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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Laser-guided vehicles
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Laser-guided vehicles

At this Rolling Rock brewery, a laser-guided vehicle with a pallet load of corrugated trays maneuvers its way to a tray packer and trades its full pallet for an empty one.
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A special indexing feature in the desiccant feeder ensures that one desiccant canister is inserted into each passing bottle, inc
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Co-packer kicks production up a notch

A canister-style desiccant helps a pharmaceutical contract packer protect delicate product from moisture. Newly installed desiccant feeders boost production, enabling the company to package millions of units/month.
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NJM Packaging : Carousel literature feeder

Carousel literature feeder from NJM/CLI (Lebanon, NH) means labor-intensive loading of outserts is no longer required. Designed for continuous running and simple operation.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Filling and pasteurizing
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Filling and pasteurizing

At this Rolling Rock brewery, the line's two 108-valve fillers (from SIG Beverages) sit side-by-side. Shortly after filling and capping, bottles enter a double-deck pasteurizer, after which they pass through two down-bottle ejectors.
The system shown here includes a robotic positioner that picks a bundle of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cut
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Machinery brings the future to Latrobe

The front end of this glass line for 12-oz Rolling Rock beer is practically an operator-free zone. Laser-guided vehicles replenish packaging materials on demand. See in-plant video
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Krones, Inc: Wraparound case/tray packer

Krones (Franklin, WI) offers the Wrapapac 5 wraparound packer. Output options vary among 700 (30/min x 24 pack), 1000 (45/min x 24 pack), and 1400 (60/min x 24 pack) packs/min.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading

At this Rolling Rock brewery, at the infeed of a case erector from Pearson Packaging Systems, a robotic positioner picks bundles of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cuts the band, and feeds the band to a grinder.
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Three legs are better than one

Glass bottles of Rolling Rock beer run through paired fillers at 1길/min and then fan out to any one of three packaging legs. Eight operators ‘patrol’ the entire line. See in-plant video
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Belden Inc: Universal joints

Belden’s (Broadview, IL) universal joints can be used in many types of liquid filling, capping canning, and bottling machines that operate in various industries such as food, household, and pharmaceutical.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing

At this Rolling Rock brewery, an automatic band cutter cuts eight bands before pallets are conveyed into the depalletizer. Once in the depalletizer, slip sheets are removed and stacked automatically.
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way (sidebar)

Bigger containers, shorter line
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Heat and Control, Inc: Product storage conveyor

Heat and Control’s (Hayward, CA) MinuteMan™ accumulation conveyor reduces snack product breakage and cleaning costs, company says. Conveyor provides large storage capacity from a small footprint.
Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping
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Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping

On this bottled water line, pallet loads are unitized by an overhead-style stretch wrapper from ITW Mima using 20-ft-wide film. This model at Nature's Way wraps at speeds to one pallet every 12 seconds.
Lengthy line starts with robotic depalletizing where the bagged jugs are picked and placed onto an infeed table for automatic de
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way

Nature’s Way Purewater fills 180 1-gal containers/min and packs them into 3-count cases at a rate of 60 cases/min. New $4 million, 2000’-long line includes a case packer that accepts 2.5-gal containers, too. See in-plant video
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Convertec Corp.: Checkweigher

A new compact sensing device from ConverTec (Newtown, PA) can measure the net volume of the magnetic contents of any nonmagnetic container to an accuracy of ±0.1%.

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