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.
At the case packer, supplied by TAD Packaging Machinery, Pails of powdered mixes are collated into groups of six that are cross-pushed onto the 29# ECT corrugated blank. After the cases are glue sealed, they are discharged to the takeaway conveyor.
On the U-shape production line, the pails are filled and sealed at a rate of about 42 pails/min on equipment from Burghof, sourced by Belcorp. The Burghof machine is topped with an AMS auger filler that dispenses the powdered ingredients with 1% accuracy at a rate of around 42 pails/min
The cooler infeed sends neatly oriented bottles through the cooler. Old Orchard is among the first to adopt the ICwedge cooler infeed, which is made by Industrial Consortium. The switch from round to rectangular bottles-in both 64- and 128-oz sizes-helped push Old Orchard to adopt the new cooler infeed.