Under development for nearly eight years, an all-plastic, easy-open, microwavable canister is now appearing in East Coast freezer cases holding several varieties of frozen juice concentrates for Welch's, Concord, MA.
Operating at speeds to 30 cases/min, the Model 3000 robotic case packer from Schroeder (East Syracuse, NY) uses a linear pick-and-place device to transport light, unstable packages from the infeed conveyor to the section of the machine for pack pattern forming.
The four models of Douglas Machine's (Alexandria, MN) Multi-Wrap series of shrink wrappers are designed to handle containers as large as 1.5 L. They run at speeds up to 100 cycles/min-a rate that can be doubled by integrating a Dual Stream option for dividing product, then splitting film to wrap and shrink in two lanes.
A compact towelette container from Continental Glass & Plastic (Chicago, IL) is now available. The blow-molded, HDPE container with injection-molded cap is suitable for jewelry cleaners, insect repellents and skin cleansers.
The operator-friendly SIC-25 inline shrink bundler from PMI (Elk Grove Village, IL) has a one-piece frame and a heat tunnel that's 10' long. Incorporates waist-high, film-roll loading for easy loading without shafts.
A new treatment for respiratory problems in pigs and chickens is administered in the field, where the breakability of glass packaging is a concern. A homopolymer PEN bottle provides a shatter-resistant answer and delivers all the shelf life needed.
Horix (Arlington, VA) will unveil the Ave Series of small filler/capper monoblocks. On display will be a unit consisting of 12 filling valves and three capping heads, available as either a gravity or pressurized filler.