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Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Air knives dry bottles for regional beverage packager
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Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Air knives dry bottles for regional beverage packager

To gain optimal carbonation, Black Bear beverage temperatures are just above freezing.
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Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Bottle labeling for regional beverage bottler
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Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Bottle labeling for regional beverage bottler

Bottles index single file through a timing screw to the labeling station: a new Model 3125 labeler from Label-Aire . Label rollstock unwinds through a series of dancer rollers.
Omstead: Smooth vf/f/s for IQF chicken
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Omstead: Smooth vf/f/s for IQF chicken

On this vertical form/fill/seal machine at Omstead, a servo motor-driven cross-seal assembly is synchronized with side belts. Seal jaws make a smooth “D”-shaped cycle to close on the film tube, simultaneously sealing the top of the filled bag and forming a bottom seal for the next bag.
Kliklok-Woodman (Product): Vari-Right right-angle top-load carton closer
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Kliklok-Woodman (Product): Vari-Right right-angle top-load carton closer

New Vari-Right right-angle top-load carton closer is the first system of its kind to offer a continuously variable pitch conveying design, according to supplier. Combines the carton size flexibility of lugless systems with the positive control of conventional flighted machines. I
Golden State Vintners: Capsule application for wine bottle sealing
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Golden State Vintners: Capsule application for wine bottle sealing

Long slugs of nested PVC capsules are fed automatically to the capsule applicator. Wine bottles then move into the rotary station, whose tools shrink the capsules tightly around the bottle necks.
Golden State Vintners: Wine bottle inspection
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Golden State Vintners: Wine bottle inspection

Emerging from the filler enclosure, wine bottles are conveyed through a Heuft (Downers Grove, IL) detection unit that uses a combination of photocells and high-frequency signals to check for cork presence, cork breakage, and improper fill height.
Golden State Vintners: Wine bottle filling
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Golden State Vintners: Wine bottle filling

The 1.5-L bottles are shown exiting the 28-head rinser and moving through the 48-valve filler. Ryan Packaging Solutions (Napa, CA) helped with line integration.
Janes Family Foods: Straight-line carton closing
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Janes Family Foods: Straight-line carton closing

Carton closing and sealing is done in a straight line at Janes’ North York, Ontario, Canada plant, on a line that produces up to 7ꯠ lb/hr of individually quick-frozen chicken.
Janes Family Foods: Right-angle setup for case sealing
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Janes Family Foods: Right-angle setup for case sealing

At Janes’ Concord, Ontario, Canada plant, this carton sealer from Bradma-Lake is set up on a right angle to save space. The top flap is closed and sealed with hot melt adhesive dispensed by a Nordson hot-melt system as the carton conveys along the first conveyor “leg.” At the end of this leg, a stationary bar pushes the carton 90° along the second leg to seal the carton’s sides.
Janes Family Foods: Top flap closing for IQF meals
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Janes Family Foods: Top flap closing for IQF meals

Filled and opened cartons pass through the infeed of a carton closer from Brandman-Lake. As they do so, the carton’s upright top flap contacts a stationary finger-like device, causing the flap to descend down around the carton base.
Janes Family Foods: New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency
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Janes Family Foods: New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency

A mechanical tool equipped with vacuum takes a carton blank from a magazine and positions it on top of the carton former’s head tooling.
Gray & Company: Case sealing at candy manufacturer
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Gray & Company: Case sealing at candy manufacturer

Cases are discharged from the loader to the Wexxar Model WSH-06 case sealer. The filled cases discharge from the robot and round a short conveyor section to the sealer.
Gray & Company: Case loading for candy producer
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Gray & Company: Case loading for candy producer

Two cases are indexed into position and are pneumatically tilted away from the robot to facilitate loading. After the cases are half filled by the Wexxar machine, with 16-oz cartons, a corrugated divider is inserted before additional rows are loaded to complete the cases. The robot picks and places these cartons at a rate of 60/min.
Gray & Company: Robotic case forming of candy boxes
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Gray & Company: Robotic case forming of candy boxes

Blanks are opened without vacuum cups using a pin-style erecting system. The case bottom is also glue sealed in this operation.
Golden State Vintners: Case coding for wine producer
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Golden State Vintners: Case coding for wine producer

Cases are conveyed past a Model 5200 hot melt ink-jet coder from Markem (Keene, NH). Twin-head, hot-melt, ink-jet coders bring the line to a close.
Golden State Vintners: Case packing of wine bottles
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Golden State Vintners: Case packing of wine bottles

Model Flex 835 case packer from Hartness (Greenville, SC). It's preceded by a Hartness three-lane infeed section that relies on sensors to signal a gating device which lanes are in need of bottles.
Golden State Vintners: Labeling wine bottles
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Golden State Vintners: Labeling wine bottles

Exiting the capsule applicator, bottles move into the Cavagnino & Gatti labeler. This versatile labeler handles either pressure-sensitive (shown being applied here) or cold glue-applied labels.
Pack Expo video coverage: Air cushion inflating system
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Pack Expo video coverage: Air cushion inflating system

FP International's (Redwood City, CA) Novus C air cushion packaging system inflates preconfigured, low-density polyethylene film in four different air cushion shapes at speeds to 70 fpm. The four different cushion configurations can be used for void fill, blocking and bracing, corner cushioning, or as a replacement for traditional bubble material. The preconfigured film is stored deflated on a roll, saving space compared to premade air cushions and bubble packaging.

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