An economical device to change the phase relationship of drive components is the Phas-Lok Adjusting Hub from Zero-Max (Minneapolis, MN). It provides stepless adjustment with a 12° range to compensate for timing changes caused by chain or tooth wear.
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Kaufman (Toledo, OH) has introduced an automatic dual in-line stretch wrapper system that uses two lower-speed overhead arm stretch wrappers, rather than one high-speed wrapper, for optimum volume with decreased maintenance and downtime.
Stand-up pouches have become a staple at Thomas J. Lipton, Englewood, NJ, with different brands of main course accompaniments being offered. Recently, the company introduced a new line: Kettle Creations soup mix in a stand-up pouch.
The Model 60 continuous-motion shrink wrap system from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL) for high speed beverage hot-fill lines wraps up to 75 trays/min. Digital controls simplify film and size changeovers; an automatic setup package for simplified resetting is optional.
At Miller Brewing Company's Trenton, OH, plant, a switch from stretch wrap to a cohesive palletizing system has resulted in considerable reductions in material and labor costs while cutting waste as well.
Fast changeover and overall versatility were foremost in mind when Pepsi designed its high-speed line for hard-to-handle one-piece PET bottles in four different sizes. Machine redundancy, computerization, and modular construction all contribute significantly.
Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.