New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
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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.
The Pouchmaster ABS System(TM) from About Packaging Robotics (Boulder, CO) is a robotic open/fill/seal type pouch handling system that can process flat and reclosable zipper pouches as well as gusseted bags.
Van Dorn Demag Corp. (Strongsville, OH) and Wittman Robot and Auto-mation Systems, Inc. have announced an agreement where Van Dorn will sell its injection-molding equipment and Whitman's robots as a single unit for simplified financing and servicing.
AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI) has introduced a new line of semi-automatic debaggers for emptying plastic bottles from bulk bags. The debagger can debag two bag/ min holding 108 1/2-gal bottles or 48 1-gal bottles.
Lantech's (Booth 2526) Q-Series(TM) Three-Station automatic stretch wrapping system functions as a stand alone or in-line unit. It wraps standard loads up to 54" x 48" x 92" and accepts most commercial films.
Autoprod (Booth 3574) has reduced cup diameter changeover time on its Fast-Pak in-line fill/seal/cap system from two hrs to 30 min. On display at WestPack, the FP 1 x 4 TE system fills liquid, preset, semi-solid, particulate and multiple fill products in 4-oz to 10-lb containers at speeds to 12ꯠ cups/hr.