Our History

Over 70 Years of Innovation

In 1940, Tom Hartness purchased the Pepsi Bottling rights in Greenville, SC. In the late 1940’s, Tom developed his first case packer. Over the next 60 years, the company evolved as a total packaging solutions provider with over 100 patents and installations throughout the world.

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1940-1975

Tom Hartness acquires the Pepsi-Cola franchise in Greenville, South Carolina.Poinsett Hwy_sm

1940

Tom Hartness develops his first case packer.
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1945

Tom Hartness founds Hartness Engineering (with sons Pat and Bobby) to design and manufacture case packing equipment for the soft drink industry.
Tom and sons Pat and Bobby

1972

Hartness International introduces the rigid corner plastic finger grid system, the genesis of the industry’s first packer.
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1974

1976-1997

Hartness develops the Model 100, its first fully automatic case packer for the soft drink industry.
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1976

Hartness begins development of the industry’s first servo case packer.
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1979

The Hartness 800 Series is introduced and becomes the foundation for the Hartness Case Packer product line.
800 series packer

1982

New world HQ is opened in Greenville, SC with 96.00 sq.ft. and shortly thereafter expanded to 156,00 sq. ft.
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1987

The Octopack is patented, and introduces new generation of high speed continuous motion packers.
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1996

Hartness pioneers the Video Response System, a transformational communications technology.

1997

1998-2004

The DYNAC is created, representing a dramatic change in accumulation and line control strategies. Hartness DYNAC System is created.
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1998

Pat Hartness creates the GlobalPack, a rotary packer designed to operate 20,000 hours without major service.

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1999

 Hartness International Integration is launched in order to meet the ever-expanding needs of our customers.

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Hartness Error Recording Online (HERO) is introduced.

2003

Hartness Conveyor is launched to enable Hartness to provide turnkey and fully integrated solutions.

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2004

2005-2008

Hartness introduces a new GlobalShrink which is to become the industry standard for shrink wrapping.

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Hartness unveils the revolutionary, compact GlobalFill that eliminates the need for change parts.

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2005

HartnessVisy Automation is formed to offer world class automation and robotic solutions. Hartness Performance Solutions is created offering a full range of line diagnostic systems.

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2006

Hartness introduces a new multi-lane film-only shrink wrapper as part of its GlobalShrink product family.

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2007

Hartness-Inks is launched providing revolutionary ink technology and an innovative application process that is both sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Hartness launches DCL-Dry Conveyor Lube, and other Sustainable Solutions.

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2008

2009-Present

Hartness is acquired by Illinois Tool Works.

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A new generation 100 bundles per minute tray, pad or film only GlobalShrink is unveiled.

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2009

Hartness launches several innovative Robotic applications including Automated Machine Loading, Hi-Level Palletizing and Case Picking for the warehouse.

2010

DYNAC continues to evolve with production exceeding one DYNAC per day.

2011

Hartness presents an automated process for the robotic uncasing and collating of variety packs, an efficient way for bottlers to create these packs in-house

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2012

Hartness expands end-of-line offering with mid and high speed wraparound for beverage, food and personal care. Adds Retail Ready packaging capability.

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2013

New circular DYNAC 6500 and 6900 buffers are introduced offering higher speed and enhanced precise product handling for both bottles and cartons.

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2014

7100FT Flow Through design added to the DYNAC mass flow accumulation offering.

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2015