The Flexilinear robot system from Flexicell (Richmond, VA) takes round cups or rectangular packages directly out of the filler, eliminating the need for an accumulation conveyor to buffer or orient the product.
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A six-page, four-color brochure from QuickLabel Systems (West Warwick, RI) describes the company's new digital color label printers. Close-up photos of labels produced on the QLS Series of printers are included.
Snap-Sac(TM) reclosable bag system from Arthur D. Little Enterprises (Cambridge, MA) is said to provide a viable alternative to zipper locks at similar costs, or as an added feature to bags without a reclosable feature.
Ramsey-Thermo Sentron (Minneapolis, MN) has agreed to acquire Goring Kerr (Windsor, U.K.), Best Inspection (Welwyn, Garden City, U.K.) and Allen Coding & Marking Systems (Redditch, U.K.) from Smiths Industries PLC (London, England, U.K.).
Lancaster, PA-based Cloister Spring Water recently introduced its new H2O Cool spring water as "the first, the only 12-oz PET bottle that vends like a can." This allows the bottle to be sold through vending machines designed for canned soft drinks.
AMS Filling Systems' (Malvern, PA) Model A-110-Lynx net weigher bulk-and-dribble auger filler fills powders and granular products as well as thin or viscous liquids, in weights from 1 oz to several hundred lb.