At this bottler of flavored or enhanced waters, sports drinks, fitness waters, teas, juices, and other New Age beverages, bottles are efficiently collated, placed on trays, and shrink-wrapped on a Krones Variopack machine.
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At this bottler of flavored or enhanced waters, sports drinks, fitness waters, teas, juices, and other New Age beverages, an overhead three-to-one air conveyor/combiner sends bottles in a single file to the filler block.
At this bottler of flavored or enhanced waters, sports drinks, fitness waters, teas, juices, and other New Age beverages, preforms molded in-house on Husky injection molding systems drop into large totes for removal to the blow-molding machines.
At Unilever's Bifi operation in Ansbach, Germany, lidding material is unwound into the Multivac system that evacuates and backflushes sausage packs before sealing the lidstock to the thermoformed bottom web. A bank of Videojet ink-jet coders are responsible for date-coding.
The private-label egg packer Midwest Poultry, North Manchester, IN, relies on a Marq Model HPR random top-and-bottom case sealer that accepts the total outflow from more than a dozen production lines. It operates at rates of 12-18 cases/min. A light curtain at the infeed identifies the case size via its height. The sealer\'s servo-driven assembly adjusts quickly and accurately to various case heights.
Midwest Poultry operates 30 Focus S10 laser systems from Videojet Technologies that improve the crucial carton coding part of its operations at three of its plants. The carton ends are laser etched with a two-line, 1/4""-high code at a rate up to 40 cartons/min; vacuum tubing removes the residue. Midwest Poultry codes onto expanded polystyrene or molded pulp (shown) cartons.
At Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005, Pro Mach's expansive booth showcased the U-shaped line that offers case erecting, case loading, case labeling, palletizing, and stretch wrapping. This same machinery will be shipped and installed at Fleetguard\'s Nashville, TN, plant in December 2005.
All boxes of DVDs at Deluxe Media Services are transported on the main conveyor past a bar code system; those destined for RFID application are directed down a new 130'-long conveyor spur. For RFID tag commissioning, the operator applies an on-pitch RFID tag and then scans the SSCC bar code into the software. The box is then pushed through the RFID portal to write to the tag and confirm a good read. The RFID data is thus associated with the bar code data and the RFID-enabled box is ready for shipment.
A Kiwi ink-jet coder precedes the Wexxar case closing station. Later, cases ride an elevator to the overhead infeed of the palletizer. A Lantech stretch wrapper for completed pallets brings the line to a close.