The RSB3 semi-automatic carton erector from Jacob White (Dartford, Kent, England) can produce up to 100 packs/min. Hand wheels, digital readout, calibrated scales and quick-release handles eliminate the need for change parts.
An economical device to change the phase relationship of drive components is the Phas-Lok Adjusting Hub from Zero-Max (Minneapolis, MN). It provides stepless adjustment with a 12° range to compensate for timing changes caused by chain or tooth wear.
Machines in the 880 series of case palletizers from Alvey (St. Louis, MO) employ shaft-mounted drives to reduce the number of sprockets, chains, belts and takeups for such primary devices as the row pusher, apron and hoist.
The FL-200 linear bottle feeder from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) can handle large bottles up to 2L. Takes bottles from an elevating supply hopper and unscrambles them for downstream filling, capping and labeling.
Nolu Plastics (Aston, PA) has introduced a DOS-based interactive catalog that installs directly onto a standard hard drive. Displays component parts with engineering specifications and recommendations so that material handling, packaging, de-sign and maintenance engineers can select the proper components.