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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.
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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.
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.
North Side: Weighing and filling of frozen beef patties
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North Side: Weighing and filling of frozen beef patties

Bag filling begins at the Ohlson four-head bulk-and-dribble scale, which has frozen patties conveyed to it directly from a spiral freezer.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: HDPE bottled water drop packing
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: HDPE bottled water drop packing

This machine drops HDPE bottles into cases near the end of the line.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: HDPE bottle filling of 2.5-gal bottles
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: HDPE bottle filling of 2.5-gal bottles

The 2.5-gal bottles are filled by this in-line machine, but the other two HDPE bottles run through a rotary filler.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: 2.5-gal HDPE bottle labeling
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: 2.5-gal HDPE bottle labeling

Pressure-sensitive labeler applies labels to the top of the 2.5-gal HDPE bottle but slides down and labels a side panel on the two smaller bottle sizes.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: HDPE bottle debagging
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: HDPE bottle debagging

The 2.5-, 1-, and half-gal bottles are automatically debagged by this machine just ahead of labeling and filling.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Stretch wrapping bottled water
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Stretch wrapping bottled water

Stretch wrapping brings the PET line to a close.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water

A low-level palletizer loads tray packs onto a sweep platform that delivers full layers onto the pallet.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Laser coding PET bottles
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Laser coding PET bottles

A Industrial Dynamics Lasetec laser coder codes onto the shoulder of each PET bottle is a date code.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Tray-packing and shrink wrapping 1-5-L bottles
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Tray-packing and shrink wrapping 1-5-L bottles

The 1.5-L bottles of water are shown being collated into 12-count groups and loaded into corrugated trays that then run through a shrink tunnel.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Labeling bottles with clear OPP labels
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Labeling bottles with clear OPP labels

Clear OPP labels are picked from a magazine by bottles after Nordson glue guns spray each bottle sidewall with hot-melt glue. Labeling is done on the Langguth GmbH machine.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Monoblock rinse/fill/cap inside a cleanroom
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Monoblock rinse/fill/cap inside a cleanroom

Inside an overpressured clean room, PET bottles run through a Fogg monobloc rinser/filler/capper.

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