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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.
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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.
Gray & Company: Robots hit savings sweet spot for cherry cordial packaging
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Gray & Company: Robots hit savings sweet spot for cherry cordial packaging

Gray & Co., Hart, MI, operates 24 robotic arms on two ‘counterflow’ production lines. Each of the arms picks and places Queen Anne brand chocolate-covered cordials at an amazing rate of 1.5 cordials/sec into six-count plastic trays. Robotic system includes infrared scanners, PLCs, and proprietary software.
Crunch Pak: Apple bagging output soars with vf/f/s units
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Crunch Pak: Apple bagging output soars with vf/f/s units

Low-profile vf/f/s units from EaglePack are designed to reduce bruising of apple slices pack up to 50 bags/min of different sizes at Crunch Pak, Wenatchee, WA. Shown in medium and closeup views are 1-lb bags as they are formed, filled, and sealed.
Clougherty Packing: Random-height case taping
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Clougherty Packing: Random-height case taping

The random-height case taper from Intertape Polymer Group near the end of the line is a versatile piece of equipment.
Clougherty Packing: Tray sleeving for ground pork and sausage packaging
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Clougherty Packing: Tray sleeving for ground pork and sausage packaging

Feed screws feed lidded trays into the automatic sleever from Adco, which picks blanks from a magazine and places them on lidded trays of pork.
Clougherty Packing: Extended-text tray labeling for ground pork and sausage packaging
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Clougherty Packing: Extended-text tray labeling for ground pork and sausage packaging

Some trays receive extended-text promotional labels from this Quadrel pressure-sensitive labeler.
Quintex: Case erector elevates output for bottle packing
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Quintex: Case erector elevates output for bottle packing

After installing a new blow molder, Quintex Plastics, Spokane, WA, sought a higher output, mezzanine-mounted solution to manual case erecting from Pearson Packaging. Key operations are shown for the erector and bottom sealer, which is located in a tight space.
Clougherty Packing: MAP tray sealing of ground pork and sausage
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Clougherty Packing: MAP tray sealing of ground pork and sausage

Ground pork, patties, and link sausages in two varieties all run through the same MAP tray sealer from Robert Reiser, though only two of the four varieties can be packaged at any one time. This automatic diverter fans the trays out from one lane to four.
North Side: Case sealing frozen beef patties
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North Side: Case sealing frozen beef patties

Case taping is done by a Belcor machine with a rated speed of 20 cases/min. North Side runs in the range of 12 cases/min.
North Side: Case erecting and labeling frozen beef patties
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North Side: Case erecting and labeling frozen beef patties

Case erecting of single-wall cases is done on a case erector from Wexxar.

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