Keyence's (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) Visual-KV(TM) PLC allows program parameters to be changed in real time. Featuring a 2-color data window, the unit is 2/3 the size of conventional PLCs but executes instructions in 0.7 microsec.
To increase speed in filling f/f/s pouches with lightweight foods such as extruded snacks, Rovema's (Lawrenceville, GA) PAC product accelerator alters the time of the product dump rather than the sealing time.
Allen-Bradley controls have been added to Circle's (Green Bay, WI) vertical and horizontal f/f/s systems for packaging liquids, powders, moist towelettes, medical devices and other small, rigid products in 4-side-sealed pouches.
The A-610 multihead filler from AMS (Malvern, PA) fills rigid containers with virtually any dry or liquid products at speeds to more than 50 cpm. With memory storage for 54 products, the PLC-controlled machine offers optional bulk-and-dribble operation, bottom-up filling, and vibration to settle product in containers.
Pallet Track System from Priority One (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) automatically records and reports end-of-line production data. The system tags each pallet with a unique bar code and records data via a PC that's connected to each palletizer's PLC.