Machine Product Brief

Palletizer retrofits

Intelligrated’s Alvey® Robotic Retrofit Program retrofits 1 or more jointed-arm robots to existing Alvey in-line palletizers to create a hybrid palletizer that combines robotic flexibility and repeatability with the speed and reliability of conventional palletizer layer deposition.
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Materials Product Brief

Mondi : Digital decorating system for buckets, containers

Mondi Transferpaper XEIKON 62 from Mondi Coatings, combined with Xeikon’s Digital Decorating System, is a patented transfer paper solution for decorating plastic containers with high-quality digitally printed images.
Controls Product Brief

GAM Gear, LLC: Gear reducer catalog

GAM Gear’s 2010 Catalog of Gear Reducers/Torque Converters and Linear Mounting Kits includes information on: a new line of low-cost high performance planetary gearboxes (PE-Series); a complete new range of bevel-gear reducers with or without an integrated motor mount (VC-Series and V-Series); and a new hollow-shaft low-cost hypoid gearbox (in-line FP-KB).
DELICATE TOUCH. Two robots replace eight operators placing sausages into thermoforms with a gentle touch.
Feature Article

Robotics rallies in 2010; packagers automate for profit

After the past couple years’ serious sales slump, the industrial robotics industry is beginning to rebound, with food and consumer goods applications showing strong gains. Recent packaging installations testify to the value of automation.
SIDE SEALING. Replacing traditional hot-wire sealers is a proprietary low-heat sealing system that virtually eliminates resin bu
Feature Article

Shrink-wrapped packs serve floor sample converter

Sierra Group increases line speed 400%, reduces material costs 40%, and eliminates 1 million corrugated cases with transition to shrink packaging for its flooring samples.
Machine Product Brief

Valco Melton: Gluing system nozzle options

Valco Melton’s nozzles for adhesive applications include single orifice, multi-orifice, in-line, right angle and specialty angle.
Oystar overcomes case packing problems for unstable packages
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Oystar overcomes case packing problems for unstable packages

This Oystar USA video covers the operation of the FlexPacker robotic case, tray, and display packaging system. FlexPacker technology achieves a zero-pressure in-feed environment for unstable packages. The system’s 2-axis robot and in-line tracking individually captures unstable packaging in a continuous motion.
Feature Article

Gas detection revisited

The most popular test for measuring gas transmission rates is described in ASTM D3985 “Standard Test Method for Oxygen Gas Transmission Rate Through Plastic Film and Sheeting Using Coulometric Sensor.”
Machine Product Brief

Modular hot melt guns

Valco Melton’s MS series hot melt guns feature an air-operated modular design, an industry standard compatible platform, easy-to-access heaters and RTD’s, as well as multiple fluid port locations.
NEW MEALS LINE. Kathryn's Kitchen stand-up retort pouches offer plenty of billboard space for lively, appetizing graphics.
Feature Article

Retort processing, packaging spell relief

SOPAKCO is deeply involved in the relief effort following the Haiti earthquake, but this South Carolina co-packer also is busy providing packaging for Nutrisystem and creating new in-house product lines.


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