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University of Florida: UF's RFID test portal
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University of Florida: UF's RFID test portal

The University of Florida's new Research Center for Food Distribution and Retailing now includes five radio-frequency identification portals.
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Schering-Plough: Case packing, case labeling, and robotic palletizing of blister packs
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Schering-Plough: Case packing, case labeling, and robotic palletizing of blister packs

Case packing, case labeling, and robotic palletizing, all on Pester equipment, brings the blister packaging line to an end.
Schering-Plough: Banding of finished blister packs
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Schering-Plough: Banding of finished blister packs

A lengthy conveyor section brings individual cartons to upstacking and banding, from Pester.
Schering-Plough: Cartoning and checkweighing of blister packs
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Schering-Plough: Cartoning and checkweighing of blister packs

Individual blister packs are mechanically fed into a flighted conveyor that brings them a short distance downstream to where they are inserted into folding cartons via a Marchesini cartoner. Thermal ink-jet coding, powered by Hewlett-Packard and supplied by Nutec, code inspection, also part of the Nutec system, and checkweighing (from Optima) all follow.
Schering-Plough: Blister pack forming/filling for Claritin
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Schering-Plough: Blister pack forming/filling for Claritin

From a feed bowl, tablets are fed into formed blisters via a Cam Pak thermoform/fill/seal system. Once lidding is applied, blister packs move through an inspection station from SEA Vision (represented in the U.S. by Calia Technical Inc.) and then on to a punch station.
Phanner: Carton blank handling/sealing/conveying for resealable gable-top cartons
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Phanner: Carton blank handling/sealing/conveying for resealable gable-top cartons

Pfanner is an Austrian family business that specializes in packing fruit-juice concentrates and ready-to-drink fruit juices. About 70% of its volume is marketed under its own brand.
Pacific Wine Partners: Filling and upstream accumulation
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Pacific Wine Partners: Filling and upstream accumulation

The new 54-valve Italian-made Bertolaso gravity-flow vacuum filler from ColloPack Solutions yields faster speeds--typically 180 bottles/min--and less waste. After they are corked, the tapered bottles travel on the first of Pacific Wine's ÒsmartÓ accumulation tables from Garvey.
Espoma Company: Robotic palletizing for pre-made bags for plant food
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Espoma Company: Robotic palletizing for pre-made bags for plant food

Espoma’s new robotic palletizer from Automated Production Systems is equipped with customized end-of-arm tooling that uses multiple vacuum zones to pick up either bundles of small U-Pack bags, larger flat bags, slip sheets, or pallets, as necessary. The system simultaneously picks items and places them onto three different pallets. Once a pallet is filled, it is conveyed out of the robotic cell in three lanes that merge into one to feed a downstream stretch wrapper.
Espoma Company: Premade bag opening/filling/top sealing/stretch bundling for plant food
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Espoma Company: Premade bag opening/filling/top sealing/stretch bundling for plant food

The Espoma Company is reportedly the first in North America to use the U-Pack package from Bischof + Klein for its 4-, 5-, and 10-lb bags of plant food.
Feldschloesschen Brewery: Stretch wrapping of beer in PET
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Feldschloesschen Brewery: Stretch wrapping of beer in PET

As a full pallet receives its top layer and exits, a fresh pallet is automatically moved into place. At the stretch wrapper, a top sheet of film is automatically dispensed. Stretch wrapping equipment is supplied by Krones.
Feldschloesschen Brewery: Tray packing of beer in PET
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Feldschloesschen Brewery: Tray packing of beer in PET

Massed bottles move into the Krones Variopac tray packer, where they're divided into lanes and then collated and tray packed.
Feldschloesschen Brewery: Labeling of beer in PET
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Feldschloesschen Brewery: Labeling of beer in PET

Overhead view of the Krones Contiroll hot-glue labeler shows the feedscrew-to-starwheels transfer.
Feldschloesschen Brewery: Filling and capping of beer in PET
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Feldschloesschen Brewery: Filling and capping of beer in PET

Freshly blown PET bottles are conveyed overhead and then move down to the filler/capper, where a sophisticated system of transfer stars moves them through filling and capping on Krones equipment.
Martens Brewery: Transfer to full-bottle palletizing of filled, barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Transfer to full-bottle palletizing of filled, barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Shrink-wrapped six packs exit the wet room via a spiral conveyor that takes them to the infeed of the full- bottle palletizer, supplied by KHS.
Martens Brewery: Rinsing barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Rinsing barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Prior to filling, bottles are inverted and rinsed on equipment from KHS.
Martens Brewery: Depalletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Depalletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles

From storage, bottles are forklifted into a high-level depalletizer from KHS.
Martens Brewery: Palletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Palletizing empty barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Empty bottles are automatically palletized on KHS equipment and then banded.
Martens Brewery: Blow molding of barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Blow molding of barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Preforms move down a track and into the enclosed blow molding area. Finished amber bottles then undergo internal coating (not shown here) and are stored on pallets until needed. Blow molding equipment is supplied by Sidel.

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