UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
Markem's (Keene, NH) 9800 Series Touch Dry® date coders are designed to mount on most packaging lines. They can print price, date and lot codes and other variable data at speeds ranging from 140 to 1겨 legends/min on lines running up to 6ꯠ"/min, depending on model.
A new puck tote system from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) can fill odd-shaped packages at high speeds and assure container stability. Flat-bottomed, reusable plastic pucks convey nonstandard containers through all filling, labeling, capping and coding stations before unseating.
Astrosystems' (Lake Success, NY) resolver-based multiturn Astrocoder/150 provides 16-bit position accuracy over 64 turns. Geared dual resolvers are unaffected by noise or vibration and output reliable data instantly.
A new case sealing machine using p-s tape is available from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL). Featuring exterior-mounted tape rolls, it reduces downtime between rolls from 4 min to under 30 sec, says the company.
Datamax (Eden Prairie, MN) has published a new pamphlet providing guidelines for choosing a labeling system. It addresses several key issues including defining your application, print technologies, label and ribbon requirements, connectivity and printer specifications, as well as verification needs.
Stewart/Walker (LaPalma, CA) has introduced its new line of PET water bottles and square jars. Available in 0.5-, 1- and 1.5-L sizes with a 28-mm finish, water bottles are available with a larger support ring for better stability during filling.
The REX-D100 1/16 DIN process controller from Syscon-RKC (South Bend, IN) features a NEMA 4X front panel for applications requiring machine hose-down, including those in the packaging, dairy, food processing and beverage industries.