The BEL 451 semi-automatic bag inserter/case bottom taper from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) uses a vacuum process that draws a bag liner into position when placed in a case by an operator.
Two hot melts and one cold-glue adhesive are instrumental in allowing this Michigan miller to package more than a million cartons every day. Bundling and tray packing have been upgraded, too, and ink-jet printing of corrugated shippers is a big improvement.
The Simpli-Pal 3000 bulk can palletizer from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) includes an isometric air bed in the laning area that uses a precisely controlled air pattern to protect empty cans from pressure and impact damage on high-speed filling lines.
Modular King Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the Kugler K30-7 tube filler and closer. Designed with accuracy and repeatability in mind, it bottom-up fills laminate or metal tubes at speeds to 60/min.
The SBIII-350LL-40 direct heat conditioning stretch/blow-molding machine from Aoki Laboratory America (Elk Grove Village, IL) produces narrow-necked, oval, round, square and cone-shaped bottles from PET, PE, PEN and PP resins.
The 9000 Series of intermittent-motion cartoners from Packard (Prospect, CT) are designed for heavy-duty, continual use. They can reach speeds of up to 53 cartons/min, depending on size and tuck configuration.