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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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SeaShell drives away damage (sidebar)

Seagate serves two customer ‘streams’
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BluePrint Automation: Remote case erector

BluePrint Automation’s (Colonial Heights, VA) RCE case erector is designed for standard fully automatic changeover. Features touch screen operator interface for the selection and storage of multiple case sizes.
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Gebo Industries: Dual-belt cap sorter

The newest Aidlin cap-orienting feeder from Gebo (Bradenton, FL) has 2 orienting elevator belts, which allow operators to switch between sorting flat caps and push-pull closures virtually at the touch of a button.
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Teledyne TapTone: On-line inspection system

Use of x-ray technology in TapTone’s (North Falmouth, MA) RayTrak II, an on-line inspection system, is said to provide user with precise fill-level monitoring in bottles, cans and jars.
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Hoppmann Corp.: Rotary labeler

The 6-station rotary labeler from Hoppmann (Haymarket, VA) applies full-wrap labels, front and back labels or single labels to bottles. Two Hoppmann V1 stepper-driven label heads help the machine run at speeds to 200 containers/min.
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Hapman Conveyors: Flexible screw conveyor

With only 1 moving part on Hapman Conveyors’ (Kalamazoo, MI) Helix™ flexible screw conveyor, product changeover takes less than 5 min. Auger is exposed by removing the bottom end cap.
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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.

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