With speeds 25% faster than previous models, Tetra Pak's (Chicago, IL) Tetra Brik® Aseptic/9 fills 7귔 8- or 8 1/2-oz cartons/hr. This aseptic filler has a small footprint, measuring 118 sq ft, which offers greater flexibility for juice and beverage manufacturers.
CRS Robotics (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) offers its class of gantry robots for high-precision applications. Employs calibrated welded-frame structures, precision ball screw drives, and digital optical encoders to achieve accuracies of at least 0.005" and repeatability up to 0.001" over a 20ꯠ-cubic-inch working area, or 36" x 42" x 12".
Sengewald USA's 140ꯠ-sq-ft Marengo, IL, converting facility has added a third bag wicketer to produce 2- to 4-mil polyethylene bags at rates to 175/min, for food, nonfood and medical packaging applications.
The ASA-500 stretch-sleeve labeler from Automated Label Systems (Twinsburg, OH) operates at 400 containers/min. PE sleeves are stretched around containers and held in place by the elastic properties within the plastic, eliminating the need for glue or heat.
A 12-page manual from Avery Dennison, Soabar Systems Div. (Philadelphia, PA) helps readers choose efffective tags, labels, printers, software and ribbons for compliance marking, product ID, bar coding and other labeling requirements.
Quadrel's (Mentor, OH) M2 microprocessor control for p-s labelers works with a variety of labelers, including wraparound and front/back. Stores up to 50 label presets and accommodates five fault conditions, including low label supply and missing labels.
The CL-608 high-speed industrial wide-web thermal transfer printer from SATO America (Sunnyvale, CA) can handle webs to 7" wide and can print up to 6" wide to meet compliance labeling requirements without having to rotate the label format.
Allflex Hazardous Material Packaging (Ambler, PA) has designed a one-page guide to help determine packaging needs of hazardous materials. Includes a ten-question checklist and a flow chart to help determine particular requirements such as adsorbers or pressure-capable receptacles.
RegScan(TM) is a series of electronic databases listing government regulations published by Regulation Scanning Technology (Williams-port, PA). Updates to the Federal Register are input on the date a regulatory change is announced instead of on the effective date of change.