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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.
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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.
Pack Expo video coverage: High-speed tube filler
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Pack Expo video coverage: High-speed tube filler

At the Sidel booth, Norden-Pac (Branchburg, NJ) was showing its Nordenmatic 2002S/Nordenpac 2002S high-speed tube filling and cartoning line.
Pack Expo video coverage: "Soft convection" shrink tunnel
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Pack Expo video coverage: "Soft convection" shrink tunnel

To ensure a uniform distribution of heat to produce an attractive, consistent shrink package, Lantech (Louisville, KY) introduced a “soft convection” shrink tunnel designed to eliminate dog ears and wrinkles.
Pack Expo video coverage: Integral conveyor/accumulator/single-filer
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Pack Expo video coverage: Integral conveyor/accumulator/single-filer

With four patents pending, the new space-saving Infinity™ accumulator from Garvey Corp. (Blue Anchor, NJ) features a built-in combiner that can be configured as a single-file outfeed, multiple-lane outfeed, or en mass outfeed.
Pack Expo video coverage: Stand-up pouches at 500/min
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Pack Expo video coverage: Stand-up pouches at 500/min

R.A. Jones & Co. (Cincinnati, OH) demonstrated its new Pouch King continuous-motion, horizontal form/fill/seal machine running at 500 stand-up pouches/min.
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.
Pack Expo video coverage: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches
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Pack Expo video coverage: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches

BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) demonstrated a servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine packing stand-up drink pouches into a corrugated display case at speeds of about 450 pouches/min, though the manufacturer says the machine can reach speeds to 500 pouches/min. Applications include liquid drink pouches and retortable pouches such as pet food. Accommodates multiple pack sizes, product sizes, and carton configurations. Manufacturer claims no changeover is required between varying products or pack configurations.
Pack Expo video coverage: Easy opening tab for shrink-wrapped products
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Pack Expo video coverage: Easy opening tab for shrink-wrapped products

Shanklin (Ayer, MA), part of the Shrink Packaging Div. of Sealed Air Corp., revealed its patent-pending EZ Tab System that provides easy opening for shrink-wrapped, heat-sealed products. The booth demonstrated the pressure-sensitive tabs, supplied in rolls and applied to a clear film web used to wrap whole potatoes. The film is first punched in the area where the tab goes. EZ Tabs are suitable for CDs and other hard-to-open packages.

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