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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.
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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.
American Italian Pasta Co.: Stretch wrapping on a pasta packaging line
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Stretch wrapping on a pasta packaging line

Filled pallets are delivered to the Lantech stretch wrapper via two right-angle turns.
Martens Brewery: Stretch wrapper for barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Stretch wrapper for barrier-coated PET beer bottles

The final part of the packaging process is the stretch wrapping of pallets.
Platinum Packaging Inc.: Shrink sealing of gift box blanks
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Platinum Packaging Inc.: Shrink sealing of gift box blanks

On one of its six new shrink-wrapping lines, Platinum Packaging uses a Shanklin shrink tunnel with side windows that allow personnel to view film shrinking around thin packs of products. It also allows customers visiting the plant to see the process.
Platinum Packaging Inc.: Wrapping and sealing of gift box blanks
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Platinum Packaging Inc.: Wrapping and sealing of gift box blanks

A stack of knocked-down gift box bottoms and tops are pushed into a center-folded tube of film that provides clarity, as well as puncture and tear-resistance. The tube is side-sealed with two impulse wires. Next, a cross-sealing station employs hot-knife jaws that create a seal between the leading and trailing pack of boxes before cutting in the seal area between the packs. Packs then are conveyed through a heat tunnel. Euipment is supplied by Shanklin.
Platinum Packaging Inc.: Friction feeding for gift box blanks
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Platinum Packaging Inc.: Friction feeding for gift box blanks

Contract packager Platinum Packaging employs nearly 50 Longford friction feeders that deliver gift box blanks from a magazine onto a lugged conveyor for downstream shrink wrapping. Feeders can also be set up to deliver calendars to a plow so that another downstream feeder can insert a paperboard card into the calendar. Dong so helps provide rigidity to the calendar after it's shrink-wrapped.
Poore: Vertical form/fill/seal for snacks
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Poore: Vertical form/fill/seal for snacks

This continuous-motion bagger from Heat and Control uses patented twin heat-sealing jaws that simultaneously seal the top of the leading pack and the bottom of the subsequent pack. These vf/f/s machines produce 1- to 3-oz bags for vending machine and multi-pack sales, at speeds to 150/min. That rate is three times faster than previous vf/f/s equipment.
Poore: Weigh scales for salty snacks
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Poore: Weigh scales for salty snacks

Cross-feeder conveyors deliver snacks to Ishida 14-head weigh scales from Heat and Control. Individual load cells measure the weight of product in the scales. Integrated controls are used to select the right combination of buckets to release an accurate amount of product into a bottom-sealed tube of film.
Poore: Snack line conveying to f/f/s
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Poore: Snack line conveying to f/f/s

At Poore Brothers, three FastBack conveyors from Heat and Control carry snacks from three fryers to downstream vertical form/fill/seal machines.
Festo: Pneumatic-driven delta-style robot
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Festo: Pneumatic-driven delta-style robot

What if a delta-style robot for high-speed pick-and-place packaging operations could be built for half the cost of those currently available in the marketplace? That was among the questions posed by Festo representatives December 4 at a full-day press gathering.
Edna Valley Vineyard: Accumulation table for wine bottling line
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Edna Valley Vineyard: Accumulation table for wine bottling line

Edna Valley Vineyard’s first-of-its-kind accumulation table from Garvey packs a lot of benefits in a small space. Positioned between a capsule applicator and capsule spinner, the 5’x6’ oval table boosts bottling efficiency by 20%. It provides five minutes’ accumulation at rates of 120 bottles/min.
WeserGold: Sterilizing/filling/transporting/discharging for aseptic PET juice bottling line
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WeserGold: Sterilizing/filling/transporting/discharging for aseptic PET juice bottling line

PET bottle exteriors are sterilized with vaporized hydrogen peroxide during a summer test run on a new aseptic bottling line at WeserGold’s plant in Rinteln, Germany.
Tropicana Europe: Air conveying/filling/accumulating/labeling/tray packing on aseptic filling lin
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Tropicana Europe: Air conveying/filling/accumulating/labeling/tray packing on aseptic filling lin

At Tropicana Europe’s new plant in Zeebrugge, Belgium, PET bottles are air-conveyed from depalletization to a new aseptic line from Procomac Industries.
Trine Labeling Systems: Labeling for new bottling line of bottled water
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Trine Labeling Systems: Labeling for new bottling line of bottled water

Music Mountain Water needed labeling equipment capable of running in excess of 350 bottles/min. But fast changeover and a compact footprint were also crucial. This Trine glue-applied roll-fed labler filled the bill.
Peak Foods: Bowl accumulation for nondairy whipped topping
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Peak Foods: Bowl accumulation for nondairy whipped topping

Bowl flow on the Garvey accumulation table downstream of TE banding and ahead of case packing is seen in overhead and floor-level views. Bowls will continue to recirculate on the accumulation table, which operates without active devices such as photoeyes, until downstream operations are cleared.
Peak Foods: Tamper-evident banding for bowls of nondairy whipped topping
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Peak Foods: Tamper-evident banding for bowls of nondairy whipped topping

Bowls are conveyed into full-surround flights that provide a 360 degree deck that perfectly centers each tamper-evident band. Bowls are secured in the flights all the way from the infeed of the trio of tamper-evident band applicators through the heat tunnel. Tamper band applicators were supplied by Axon Corp.

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