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Martens Brewery: Full-bottle palletizer for barrier-coated PET beer bottles
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Martens Brewery: Full-bottle palletizer for barrier-coated PET beer bottles

Bottles fan out into lanes and then are swept layer by layer onto pallets on equipment from KHS.
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Case packing on a pasta packaging line
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Case packing on a pasta packaging line

Finished bags are conveyed through a metal detector from Fortress Technologies and a checkweigher from Heat and Control just before case packing from Fallas Automation. Filled cases are taped shut and date coded on their sides.
American Italian Pasta Co.: Case erecting on a pasta packaging line
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Case erecting on a pasta packaging line

Flat case blanks are erected automatically and then sent to the case packing machine from Fallas Automation.
American Italian Pasta Co.: Vf/f/s on a pasta packaging line
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Vf/f/s on a pasta packaging line

Film is fed to the vf/f/s machine from Triangle from a floor-level unwind stand. Bags as small as 8 oz or as large as 10 lb are filled on the machine.
American Italian Pasta Co.: Weighing of pasta on a weigh scale
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Weighing of pasta on a weigh scale

Pasta moves through a Triangle combination scale on its way to the bagging machines.
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.
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.

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