The 976 two-wire, stainless-steel proximity sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) is suitable for sensing needs in harsh environments, including factory automation, machine tools, transfer lines, food processing equipment, parts positioning and presence/absence.
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Formula IMC/S multi-packing cartoner from Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) is the first intermittent-motion, multi-axis cartoner to have independent servo drives performing all major functions, says the manufacturer.
The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
Brand managers who market their products in plastic cups are no longer limited to six colors now that Polytainers has commercialized an eight-color dry offset printer. Yogurt marketers are clearly impressed.
To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
CRS Robotics (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) offers its class of gantry robots for high-precision applications. Employs calibrated welded-frame structures, precision ball screw drives, and digital optical encoders to achieve accuracies of at least 0.005" and repeatability up to 0.001" over a 20ꯠ-cubic-inch working area, or 36" x 42" x 12".
Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.