End-of-line Strategies
April 25, 2014
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Multipacker boosts seafood company's productivity up to 75%
At its Lyons, GA, plant, seafood canning company Chicken of the Sea International installed a new multipacker and two tray shrink packers that provide changeover versatility, operate at 95%-plus efficiency, and have resulted in a 20% reduction in manpower.
Hybrid servo system brings positioning accuracy to palletizing
In this story, Pat Reynolds, Packaging World VP/Editor, reports on an all-new electric palletizer that combines technologies in a “hybrid” servo system that uses standard AC motors, but replaces variable frequency drives with new models to create a more efficient “motion subsystem” with greater positioning accuracy and improved throughput. 
Hair care line features remarkable robotics
Just two years after the reorientation of Henkel’s Viersen-Dülken German hair coloring product factory, it’s become one of the most modern production lines in the world. Systems include carton erection and packaging of another, round paper-based cup package.
On-case inkjet printer saves time, labor, and materials
Bix Produce Co., a specialty produce distributor in St. Paul, MN, switched from hand-applied pressure-sensitive labels to inkjet printing, expanding its flexibility and opening opportunities to print more data on much larger shipping case panels. Read this story to learn how, as well as how the company also is saving on labor and inventory costs due to direct on-case labeling.
Printer software and equipment boost door production line
JELD-WEN, a supplier of quality doors, windows, and stairs, recently upgraded its coding and marking solutions with the installation of new coding automation software and a thermal ink-jet printer. The two technologies have improved the quality of the brand’s printed messages and helped eliminate coding errors, for less waste and potential rework.
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