Machinery

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Machine technology that slashes changeover

In this second report from our survey of changeover trends, readers describe how new equipment technology like control programming and tool-free adjustments helps them attack downtime.
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Controls Product Brief
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Quick-change capability

Marq Packaging System's (Yakima, WA) new quick-changeover (QC) capability is controlled through a PLC so that most axes can be changed simultaneously.
News
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Pouches stand up around the globe

Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.
Materials Product Brief
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Vegatronic is Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) new automatic vf/f/s system that permits quick changeover from standard pillow-style to zipper packs. Handle adjustments, rather than tools, allow 90° rotation of jaws.
Potato chips are vibrated into a central distribution cone (left). Chips are dispersed among 16 scale hoppers around this cone b
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El Jawhara bags snacks in burgeoning Egyptian market

Bagging equipment helps El Jawhara develop a strong presence in Egypt's rapidly growing snack food market. The equipment is expected to provide a three- to four-year payback by economically producing high volumes of bagged snacks.
Materials Product Brief
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Compact cartoner

The Series 460 compact cartoning machine from Scandia Packaging Machinery (Clifton, NJ) uses the Rapid Adjustment Package (RAP) for rapid changeovers of carton sizes.
Machine operator Martha Johnson evaluates finished bottles slated for overseas distribution as they move along the line at the O
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Bottles grow 'greener' with PCR

It took three years of development work, HDPE bottles produced for Clorox household cleaners by Owens-Brockway now incorporate 25% PCR material.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensor

The WTR photoelectric proximity sensor from SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) is specifically designed for accumulation, loading and unloading applications on roller conveyors.
Materials Product Brief
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P-s labeler

Accraply's (Hopkins, MN) new Model 350S p-s labeler is designed to apply film or paper wraparound labels to small containers, including glass and plastic bottles, vials and test tubes.
Controls Product Brief
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Ultrasonic valve bag sealer

The new Bemis (Minneapolis, MN) ultrasonic valve bag sealer seals bags containing dusty, powdery and free-flowing products at speeds to 5 bags/min.
3. Envirogluv technology used to decorate this Revlon container is energy efficient and uses inks that are free of heavy metals.
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Setting up shop

Merck, Revlon and Clorox developed unique packaging technology for their own use. Now those developments are generating revenue through licensing to other firms.
Controls Product Brief
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Flat product carrier

The Series 985 compact flat product carrier from Dalemark Industries (Lakewood, NJ) incorporates vacuum suction and shuttle feed platform to insure continuous, smooth delivery of flat products to the product identification system at speeds to 150 items/min.
News
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Bristol-Myers recalls birth control packages

In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
Materials Product Brief
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Tube filler/sealer

DT Kalish's (Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada) Kx 1100 tube filler and sealer uses quick-release handles for quick changeovers. Designed for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications, it reaches speeds to 110 metal tubes/min when crimping, or 92/min, when plastic laminated tubes are being hot-air sealed.
Controls Product Brief
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Live roller conveyor

Model 190-ABEZ live roller conveyor from Hytrol Conveyor (Jonesboro, AR) is a general transport conveyor with the capabilities of accumulating products with zero pressure.
Supplier News
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Reusable packs could diminish corrugated demand

Although the environment is no longer a hot packaging issue in the U.S., global companies must contend with European regulations that target shipping containers and other transport packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrap

Advantage(TM) stretch wrap from BrownCor (Milwaukee, WI) has ready-to-use extended core ends that act as handles for fast and easy pallet wrapping. It's also available with a 3" core for use with dispensers.
Controls Product Brief
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Friction feeders

Thiele Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) new series of friction feeders can work consistently with most printing, labeling, and packaging equipment at speeds to 4귔" of sheet material/min.

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