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Klockner Bartelt: Push-button changeover poucher

Said to be the first horizontal poucher with push-button changeover and wash-down capability, the Fusion(TM) from Klckner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) employs 20 multi-axis servos.
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With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
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Packaging Systems Automation, Inc: Stainless chain transfer

For washdown applications, a new stain-less-steel powered chain transfer can be installed in-line on most conveyors. From Pack-aging Sys-tems Auto-mation (Ply-mouth, MN), the device mounts to either an existing conveyor drive or idler.
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Domino: Ink-jet printer

The Domino A300 ink-jet coder is designed to produce high-quality ink-jet codes at speeds that will match any production line, says manufacturer Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL).
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FANUC Robotics: Washdown robot

FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
Controls Product Brief
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Baldor Electric Company: AC motors

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) offers three-phase Inverter Drive® and Vector Drive® AC motors designed for adjustable-speed applications. These include conveyors, pumps, fans and material handling equipment not requiring full torque at low or zero speed.
Machine Product Brief
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EZ-Tek Industries Inc: Case sealer

The Easy-Taper Model BB-2SS is a stainless-steel case sealer from EZ-Tek Industries (Deer Park, NY). It's designed for use in wet areas where washdown may be required.
An operator weighs a random sample pulled from the line. The weight is automatically recorded in the computer
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Packaging machines speak up (sidebar)

Network facilitates data acquisition
When a machine is down, like this capper, components that are in fault change from green to red and a detailed error message ap
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A window into the packaging line

Amway's graphical human-machine interface for an entire packaging line reduces troubleshooting time by 75%.

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