Machine attributes

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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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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.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Kawasaki Robotics Inc. will relocate and expand their headquarters to Wixom, MI.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Fill/seal/cap system

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.
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Sheet-fed press proves it's game for Chicago converter

Sheet-fed offset press with in-line aqueous coating helps Moss Printing enhance efficiency, reduce labor costs and pursue additional business. A contract packer of a popular board game carton is among the first Moss customers to benefit.
After boxes of achitectural hinges (far left) are glued shut, a label is tamped onto the tops. (Left) The final product is label
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Opening doors to bar coding

Door hinge manufacturer Hager Companies swings from a contact roll coder to a high resolution tamp-on label printer/applicator. Results are increased legibility, decreased downtime and the addition of bar codes.
Materials Product Brief
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Spiral stretch wrapper

Durapak's (DeSoto, TX) heavy-duty, semi-automatic, overhead spiral stretch wrappers have a 14 rpm film-tower rotation. Emer-gency stops come within 2", even in cases of total power failure.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Vertical cartoner

Legend(TM), a new servo-driven, semi-automatic vertical cartoner from R.A. Jones (Booth #1206), operates at speeds up to two-thirds faster than current models.
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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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Shrink film bundler

API's (Booth #1117) new APB 2700 CM (continuous motion) in-line shrink film bundler has a stepper motor driven reciprocating seal bar system, enhancing reliability in high-speed applications.
A robotic arm (top) transfers two of the heavy cases from the conveyor and onto a pallet load. The robot will soon be building t
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

Room to serve
Materials Product Brief
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Can inspection system

Busse's (Randolph, WI) Turbo Sorter units are designed to help can makers provide flawless containers. The TS-4000 Turbo Sorter combines the company's Turbo Depalletizer with a high-speed, two- or four-lane sorter for fast and accurate container inspection.

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