Machine attributes

Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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Palletizing robots

The newest model in the PR-Series of palletizing robots from Pacific Robotics (San Diego, CA) palletizes four different products from four infeed lines at the same time.
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Open/fill/seal system

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.
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Tray packer/shrink system

The Tray Star 30 system from Arpac (Booth 1352) is an integrated system that consists of a mid-speed intermittent-motion wraparound tray packer with a shrink wrapper and tunnel.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

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.
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Product metering device

Tisma Machinery (Elk Grove Village, IL) now offers its patented Sequential Transfer(TM) servo-controlled product metering device for use in the pharmaceutical or medical industries.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Kawasaki Robotics Inc. will relocate and expand their headquarters to Wixom, MI.
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Case packer with bundle feed

Salwasser's (Reedley, CA) Model M-90F is an automatic case packer with an integral knock-down bundle feed system. Bundles of flat cases are conveyed to the opening station, where cases are opened.
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Erect/pack/seal system

Durable Packaging (Booth 3365) will introduce its Erect/Pack/Seal System with bag-in-box feature. Suitable for packaging of bulk, powdered and medical products.
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Stretch wrapper

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.
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Semi-automatic debagger

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.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.
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Rotary vacuum single filer

Pi Manufacturing's (Sedona, AZ) Model 1060 Rotary Vacuum Single Filer can align small-diameter items like batteries, pens, lip balm, sample containers, etc., at speeds to 2ꯠ/min.
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Rotary cup filler

The new 8-12 Rotary Cup Filling Machine from World Cup Packaging (Booth #2811) dispenses 1- to 12-oz plastic cups, accurately fills them at rates between 300 to 2꼀 cups/hr, and applies a plastic or foil tamper-evident heat seal or lid.
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Robotic tray and case packer

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Booth #709) will display the new high-speed horizontal and vertical robotic tray and case packing system. This machine picks up filled flat-bottom bags, cartons, and tubes, and places them into trays or cases at speeds to 15 cases/min.
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Robotic part handling

Mitchell's (Elkhart, IN) Model 215 part trimmer trims and deflashes plastic, rubber and other materials in cycle times as little as 4 seconds.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Sarah Krishnaswamy of Acuity Imaging, Inc. (Nashua, NH) has been awarded the Boehringer Mannheim Award for the novel use of robotics in the clinical laboratory.

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