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PackML implementations at Pack Expo

Following is a brief round-up of PackML implementations Packaging World editors learned about at Pack Expo:
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PFM Packaging Machinery Corporation: Flow wrapper

PFM Packaging Machinery Corp. (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) introduces its Hurricane Extra Wide 2-axis servo flow wrapper. To enhance ergonomics, the electrical cabinet is in the front with an oversized mechanical area for easy access.
Machine Product Brief

Markem-Imaje: Thermal-transfer coder

Markem Corp.’s (Keene, NH) expanded line of SmartDate® thermal-transfer coders offers a print speed of 5’/sec and an increased ribbon length of 2꾙’, said to reduce costs and increase uptime and efficiency by making ribbon changeover less frequent.
Machine Product Brief

Delta Systems: Delicate food packaging system

Delta Systems (Rogers, AR) offers its new Mini Donut System to automate packaging of small and delicate foods. Consists of an in-feed mechanism with high-speed flow wrapper to accommodate multipacks.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup executive committee: Sitting, L to R--Steve Ford, M&M Mars; Rob Aleksa, P&G; Keith Campbell, Hershey Fo

OMAC readies pilot tests

A flurry of activity was announced this February at the OMAC Packaging Workgroup meeting in Orlando, FL, including at least two pilot tests on real packaging equipment.
Machine Product Brief

Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Thermal transfer printer

Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the 1200mm/sec EasyPrint II c. The high-speed thermal-transfer printer uses a floating print head suspension to maximize substrate contact to enhance print quality.
Machine Product Brief

Ameripak Co.: Ameripak Co.: Flow wrapper

AmeriPak (Warrington, PA) has recently replaced the traditional control panel on its 3-axis flow wrapper with a touchscreen HMI. Additional changes include servos on the main lug conveyor, end crimper/knife assembly, and fin seal assembly drives.
Controls Product Brief

Bosch Rexroth Corp., Electric Drives and Controls: Bosch Rexroth Corp., Electric Drives and Controls: Bosch Rexroth Corp., Electric Drives and Controls: Wrapper saves costs

Rexroth Indramat’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) new PPC (Combined Motion & Logic Controller) eliminates the need for a separate PLC on horizontal form/fill/seal machines from AmeriPak (Warrington, PA).
Machine Product Brief

Delta Systems: Flow wrapper

The horizontal flow wrapper from Delta (Rogers, AR) offers the company’s SoftFlow software technology, which provides a PC-controlled “1 box” solution to motion control instead of a traditional 3-box control system.


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