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.
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.
The Flex Print Flexographic web printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) prints on material from all hf/f/s machines. Patented geared "S" wrap drive requires no direct mechanical connection to operate the printer.
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.
Amoco Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) has released new product literature on ACCLEAR(TM) high- clarity polypropylene. ACCLEAR grades are well-suited to thermoforming, injection molding, extrusion blow molding and stretch/blow-molding processes.
Four new PET bottle designs are now available from Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tonawanda, NY). The single-stage, stretch/blow-molded bottles are suitable for high-end products like skin and personal care and health and beauty aids.
Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) high-speed conveyor and accumulation system can handle up to 470 bottles/min. The system offers an automatic pallet handling system, complete line-speed modulation and pressureless combining.