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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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