By integrating sterile bottle making with aseptic filling, Del Monte Foods eliminates chemical sterilization of PET bottles prior to aseptic filling. New in-line bottle blowing and filling system permits replacement of costly heat-set PET bottles purchase
Model GBP 240 continuous-motion bottle packer from Nigrelli Systems (Kiel, WI) is capable of loading six-count 1-gal and eight-count 1/2-gal bottles into preformed trays or cases at speeds to 240 bottles/min.
Tufftote containers from Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA) are suited for acids, resins, caustics, water-based paints and other applications where corrosion-resistance, high strength and low tare weight are required.
Ampak (Cleveland, OH) has published a booklet to help purchasers select appropriate skin packaging equipment. The booklet discusses typical applications, sizing of equipment, board and film selection, and potential options to improve productivity.
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.
Len E. Ivarson (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced the Meco Pak Model 90-6011. This automatic wraparound case, tray and lid packer is designed to pack cans, jars, tubs, bottles, bags and wrapped food products at speeds to 20 cases/min.
Thiele-Frontier Products (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced a patented technology for case packing of chub packages. Because chub packages are typically soft and inconsistently shaped, they've had to be hand loaded.
Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
Pacific Robotics' (San Diego, CA) PR-110 robot depalletizes loads of bagged material as tall as 80". It uses a regenerative vacuum blower and a proprietary pickup head to systematically remove bags from the pallet load and place them on a conveyor.