Krones (Franklin, WI) has introduced servo-controlled bottle plate technology, designed to replace traditionally engineered and manufactured cams and to provide accurate label placement on uniquely shaped bottles.
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Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
Alloyd (DeKalb, IL) will debut its redesigned six-station blister packaging machine, offering faster cycle speeds and improved operator comfort. A side-loading blister magazine is now positioned above the eject mechanism on the outside of the machine, allowing reloading while the machine is in operation.
Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) will debut the Technistar TS Series of case packers. The TS Series is the only case packer, says the company, for stand-up pouch packagers with the flexibility of handling a range of packaging configurations and pouch sizes.
The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.
The KL pallet wrapper/shrink line from Kurt Lachenmeier (Unna, Germany) can wrap up to 300 pallet loads/hr. Loads are passed though a "curtain" of flat film, then vertical sealing beams move together behind the load to produce a tight sleeve.
Cryovac, a div. of W.R. Grace & Co. (Duncan, SC), has released a brochure on the company's vacuum skin packaging system. VSP allows shoppers to see the natural shape, color and texture of ready-to-prepare foods, cheeses, deli meats and other items.