Pack Expo 2016

ADCO Manufacturing’s new case packer to reduce 30% of corrugate uses

By Douglas Yu

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One of the key attributes of ADCO's new wraparound case packer is its low-level magazine.  Photo: ADCO
One of the key attributes of ADCO's new wraparound case packer is its low-level magazine. Photo: ADCO

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One of the major US manufacturers of packaging machinery, equipment and systems, ADCO has launched its latest wraparound case packer at the recent Pack Expo in Chicago. The new machinery is able to direct and load around 20 wraparound cases per minute.

Founded in California in 1958, ADCO has been serving customers in many industries, such as confectionery, bakery and snack products, as well as convenience foods. Other equipment the company offers include horizontal end load cartoners, robotic product sortation and feeding systems, and tray former.

More ergonomically friendly

ADCO’s vice president of sales and marketing, Scott Reed, told this site that one of the key attributes of the new wraparound case packer is its low-level magazine, which lowers the pick point and allows higher efficiency for the operators.

“This machine is really designed to handle both rigid and flexible packages,”​ he said. “We are also showing a progressive upstack infeed [in the equipment]. The infeed will be the area where the machine would change, but the rest of the machine will essentially stay the same. This is something that helps us produce relatively more quickly and certainly benefits our customers who are lead time sensitive.”

In addition, ADCO’s case packer can save up to about 30% of the corrugate uses, while reducing costs, Reed said.

Food safety concern has come to packaging

One of the things ADCO is known for is its “deep understanding of sanitary and hygienic design, especially in the low moisture food environments,”​ he added.

“That’s mainly because Global Food Safety Initiative and Food Safety Modernization Act have started to push our way down the street more than we used to in the past. [Food safety concern] was much more prevalent within the processing business, and now it has come to packaging.”

Reed said the company’s strategic priority next year is letting their existing customers know about the new wraparound case packer and deepening penetration into the bakery foods market.

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