To label glass or plastic bottles or aluminum cans, the Contiroll from Krones (Franklin, WI) operates at speeds to 800 containers/min. Placement accuracy is assured by proven rotary container handling, control and centering.
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The continuous-motion vertical flip-top cartoning system from TMC (Elk Grove Village, IL) operates at speeds as fast as 500/min. Cartoner can interface with volumetric fillers, computer scales or slat counters and is recommended for use in packaging pharmaceuticals and food products in flip-top cartons.
A linear, differential-motion conveyor, the Auto-Glide® is available from Smalley Mfg. (Knoxville, TN). Operates at rates to 40'/min. The conveyor's vibratory action occurs in a horizontal plane, via a gentle shuffling action.
Music distributor Valley Media cuts downtime by more than 50% on its newest labeling/sortation/collating line. A network of micro PLCs controls the line as well as gathers performance data to speed troubleshooting.
Portola Packaging's (San Jose, CA) 38-mm snap-on Clem 1 cap has a patented horizontal pull tab suitable for dairy and juice beverage bottlers. The horizontal tear strip on the injection-molded LDPE cap's base provides effective external tamper evidence for consumers.
Labeling equipment by Newman (Belle Mead, NJ) provides pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packagers with complete installation qualification and operational qualification documentation to meet fast-to-market production objectives.
Requiring all beef and lamb sold in the U.S. be labeled "U.S.", "Imported", or "Blended with Imported" as mandated in the 1998 Agriculture Appropriations bill pending in Congress would cost the government $60 million to enforce and could hurt U.S.
For washdown applications, a new stain-less-steel powered chain transfer can be installed in-line on most conveyors. From Pack-aging Sys-tems Auto-mation (Ply-mouth, MN), the device mounts to either an existing conveyor drive or idler.
Avery Dennison (Pasadena, CA) offers the Fasson® Metallized BOPP labeling material with repositionable/permanent adhesive. Featuring a mirror-like image, the label uses a 2-mil, biaxially oriented PP facestock.