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Pack Expo Chicago 2012

Guide rails are easily adjusted
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Guide rails are easily adjusted

Septimatech's conveyor guide rail system adjusts quickly at two different levels to accommodate bottles having different shapes or diameters.
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Continuous-roll bagging systems
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Continuous-roll bagging systems

MAX 20™ is a bag sealing system that integrates an optional Videojet DataFlex® Plus thermal-transfer printer, with an Allen-Bradley Micrologix 1400 PLC; accommodates bags up to 20 in. wide.
Vertical form/fill/seal system
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Vertical form/fill/seal system

The Hawk Evolution™ vf/f/s makes bags up to 12-in. wide and 18-in. long, producing pillow, gusseted, and flat-bottom bags for applications such as candy, snacks, IQF foods, pet foods, fresh produce, hot liquids, coffee, and medical products.
High-speed palletizer with automatic grouping module
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High-speed palletizer with automatic grouping module

Model 72 AG palletizer for high-speed operations handles up to four layers/min and allows new product infeed during row transfer.
Cup thermoform/fill/seal with in-mold labeling
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Cup thermoform/fill/seal with in-mold labeling

Arcil form/fill/seal system from Synerlink is especially suitable for yogurt, and it incorporates in-mold labeling yet occupies a remarkably small footprint.
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Justifying an automated vision inspection investment

It's getting harder to justify manual inspection as new-tech systems such as multi-camera 'stitching' Cognex systems enter the market—especially for cylindrical containers, according to Jeremy Opperman of Clarke Engineering.
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Advancing automation award

Pack Expo 2012 was a good time to recognize those who have made innovation a part of their corporate DNA.
A global system partner for controls and electronics
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A global system partner for controls and electronics

From the control cabinet via the interface to the field, Murrelectronik is your system partner, offering global solutions from a single source.
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Motion control and motion technologies on full display
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Motion control and motion technologies on full display

Drive platforms, software, actuators, steppers—a wide variety of motion technologies were on display at the Pack Expo booth of Kollmorgen, which counts a number of leading food and beverage companies among its customers.
ZE500™ Series: Innovative design, greater benefits
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ZE500™ Series: Innovative design, greater benefits

With improved ease of use and simplified serviceability, the new Zebra® ZE500™ Series print engine is designed to keep mission-critical print-and-apply applications operating without interruptions.
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Vision system easily integrated into control system
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Vision system easily integrated into control system

The B&R/Cognex vision system lets you directly integrate the Cognex 7000 camera with the B&R control platform. High-performance scan time is a key benefit.
Semi-automatic scale and bagger combo debuts
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Semi-automatic scale and bagger combo debuts

Automated Packaging Systems shows its FAS Sprint Revolution™ bagger, which accommodates a range of pouch styles and materials, with the Yamato Dataweigh TSDW-205W scale that loads fresh foods and fragile products directly into the bags. Ideal for products sold by a fixed weight.
Custom clamshells in virtually any material
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Custom clamshells in virtually any material

Thermoformer Fabri-Kal can offer custom manufacturing of clamshells, as well as stock rigid plastic packaging for foodservice applications, in a range of material types, including PET, PS, PP, PE, and PLA. Services cover the spectrum from design and prototyping, to the manufacture of start-up volumes and production volumes.
No need for case packer downtime
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No need for case packer downtime

Delkor designs into its case packing equipment five points of detection--among them a laser scanner, vision system, and pack pattern release system--that allows the packaging machine to analyze and self-correct defects, eliminating downtime and saving cost.
Combination scale offers multiple discharge options
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Combination scale offers multiple discharge options

Inside and outside chutes permit this Yamato combination scale to perform a three-point discharge, and the design of its collector buckets lets it do a six-point discharge if desired.
Tablet-based operation of combination scale
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Tablet-based operation of combination scale

Combination scale from CombiScale is designed for lighter weights at high speeds. Tablet-based operation on the Primo weigher makes it easy on operators.
Pack Expo South
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Pack Expo breaks records

Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for Pack Expo International 2012, the largest packaging and processing trade show in the world this year.

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