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Ready to Grow

Automated workcell helps greenhouse operator achieve end-of-line packaging perfection to keep up with growing demand for its premium tomatoes. Growing healthy, tasty natural products consumers can’t seem to get enough of is every farmer’s dream. And for leading Canadian greenhouse operator NatureFresh Farms, living the proverbial American dream has been exciting and exhilarating ride ever since the Leamington, Ont.-based company made a momentous decicion to expand its operations into the nearby U.S. state of Ohio back in 2015.

“I just love doing what I do here,” says Cornelius Neufeld, operations manager of the company’s Ohio business who originally joined NatureFresh at its Leamington home base about eight years ago.

Case packer absorbs manual labor

This paper manufacturer was able to automate labor out of its beverage napkin line for quick ROI and improved case-sealing quality.
Many automation and engineering feats have begun as hastily sketched ideas on a handy cocktail napkin. Therefore, it’s only fitting that a cocktail napkin-producing paper converter is itself turning to automation and engineering to speed up and lean out its operation.Based in Elmwood Park, N.J., Marcal, a Soundview Paper Company,
is one of the oldest environmentally friendly paper companies in the U.S. Its product line includes paper towels, napkins, bath tissue, and other similar products in various counts and sizes. For more than 80 years, the company has been reducing landfill by making paper products from recycled paper.

The Sums Of All Parts

Founded exactly 40 years ago, Colmar, Pa.-headquartered Dorman Products Inc. has done many things right to virtually become a household name in the global automotive industry’s key aftermarkets. Generating annual revenues of over US$900 million, the company supplies thousands of different automotive replacement parts, automotive hardware,and brake products to the automotive aftermarkets and mass merchandise markets across North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.Boasting a diverse product portfolio ranging from intake and exhaust manifolds to complex electronics, wheel bolts and door handles, the company’s strong market presence and prominence have been built both through strong organic growth and an aggressive acquisition strategy that last year saw Dorman purchase the assets of Boisbriand, Que.-based auto parts supplier MAS Industries.

Flexible end of line solutions

EndFlex is often known for its industry leading PopLok for forming die cut display trays, but we also pride ourselves on engineering flexible end of line case loading solutions.

Flexible = able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions.

Many machinery companies would prefer un-flexible designs as this helps ensure you need to purchase more parts and more equipment should your process or product every change. We are the opposite our solutions are designed to be modular, removable and adjustable.

Take for instance our competitor to the BoxxPak, the indexing conveyance, case erecting and sealer are all welded to a single frame making it literally impossible to break up should life throws a curve ball your way.

Our BoxxPak end of line case loading system was designed with curve balls, breaking balls and knuckle balls in mind. Each component of the system (case erecting, case taper, case indexer, product conveyor) can all be removed, reversed and used independently.

The next time you need end of line flexibility, give us a call!

Brown and Haley Candy Industry

WeighPack’s 24 head PrimoCombi multi-head weigher with three product mixing weighs product before it is bagged. EndFlex’s Pick & Place Automation precisely loads each Roca container into the case while simultaneously orienting all logos to ensure that shipments are retail-ready.

Refreshingly Simple

 Many a book has been written adequately noting and describing the health benefits of Mother Nature’s fresh fruits and vegetables for the average human being, but for one Quebec company, keeping things fresh has provided a well-deserved financial benefit and respect within the Canadian produce industry.First opening its doors in 2007, the Montreal headquartered Les Aliments Bercy (BercyFoods) is a successful family-owned processor and packer of fresh produce, as well as an importer and distributor of organic products. Bercy Foods—run by founder and company
president Michael Orsini—is a sister company of Courchesne Larose Ltd. , well-known and respected as one of Canada’s oldest and largest fruit and vegetable importers and distributors.

Good Things in Small Packages

Too much of a good thing is never really enough in most consumer packaged goods industries.And it’s hardly a stretch to say that things are looking good indeed these days for JemPak GK
Inc.—a fast-growing manufacturer of automatic dishwasher detergents who is really cleaning up, business-wise, in the product category’s buoyant,yet fiercely competitive, private-label segment.
Brought back to life from looming bankruptcy three years ago by a team of local investors and corporate turnaround experts, the recently renamed and refocused producer of household cleaning chemicals formerly operating under the former Witco Chemical banner is a happy testament to the virtues of sound management skills,manufacturing and packaging excellence, and a proactive R&D (research and development) mind set as key pre-requisites for corporate rejuvenation and renewal.

Building on success

When building a strong company, you need a strong foundation and a whole lot of bricks. Fortunately for MEGA Brands Inc., it has a plentiful abundance of both.Headquartered in Montreal, the globally operating company is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading toy makers today, boasting a host of popular leading brands in the construction toys,arts-and-crafts, presentation boards and puzzles product categories. The company’s roots trace back to the 1967 startup of the former Ritvik Toys, Inc.Founded by Victor and Rita Bertrand, Ritvik went on to become Canada’s largest toy distributor, but after having developed and starting to market its first generation toy construction blocks under the MEGA BLOKS brand in 1985, the company commenced its next chapter of corporate existence under the Mega Bloks, Inc.

BOXXER Case Erectors Now Standard with Powered Hoppers

BOXXER T12 and BOXXER T18 automatic case erectors are designed to efficiently erect and seal both regular slotted and half slotted cases with high-strength tape.

The BOXXER line of case erectors now comes standard with high capacity powered hoppers for continuous automatic loading. Over 300 corrugated blanks can be staged on the magazine and automatically fed, one by one, to the machine with no user interference. New hopper design incorporates a straight-line positive automatic infeed as opposed to the gravity-dependent declined ramp system.

BOXXER case erectors are constructed in durable welded steel and offer a compact footprint and easy mobility in limited-space production facilities.

Additional standard features include an easy-operate color touch screen, quick-change over mechanisms, right or left hand machine execution, leveling pads, auto-idler, and PLC.

BoxxPak Case Packing System Reduces Labor

The BoxxPak’s integrated system is ergonomically designed with the operator in mind to combine case erecting, product loading stations, and case sealing into a compact and efficient work cell.

At the forefront of benefits are minimal repetitive wrist movement and arm motion during the case packing process. Additional operator-friendly features include quick size change-over, conveniently adaptable load stations, and flexible system configuration.

The BoxxPak is highly customizable and can accommodate up to four operators. In the pick and pack workstation, product is neatly conveyed alongside each erected case minimizing physical stress and decreasing the likelihood of operator injury.

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