Machinery

A group of mechanical fingers (shown at bottom left in the photo at left) remove six blow-molded 1-gal HDPE jugs and place them
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Desiccant feeder

Omega Design (Exton, PA) has introduced the Model CDFI automatic indexing canister desiccant feeder. Using a 1-g canister desiccant, it runs at speeds to 120 pieces/min; up to 75/min for a double drop, and up to 55/min for a triple drop.
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Tube filler

The new TFS 10 is a low- to mid-volume tube filler from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) designed to meet the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and other small-run pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturers.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Packaging Automation (Eagan, MN) has introduced the PAC 2020, an economic vertical form/fill/seal machine designed to accommodate a range of bag sizes and materials.
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Dairy, juice products come up short

U.S. packagers of fluid milk, juice, yogurt and cottage cheese can expect more unannounced inspections from federal and state agencies seeking underfilled products.
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Electric stapler

Model SJM-1 Little Giant Electric Stapler from Staplex (Brooklyn, NY) is designed to staple header cards, clamshells, blisterpacks, and display cards.
Labeled bottles travel through this 0;bridge? between the molding plant and the bottling operation on what may be the longest a
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
Semi-automatic capping (above) helps Nakano Foods keep capital costs down as it gauges demand for new products like its Mitsukan
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Flexible filling for salad dressings

Japanese food company Nakano Foods tests U.S. demand for its salad dressings with a flexible moderate-volume filling line.
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Vertical f/f/s system

The Vegatronic® CM 400 is a continuous-film-motion vertical form/fill/ seal machine from Ilapak (Newtown, PA). Film tracking capabilities permit fin seals as small as 1/8" at speeds to 190 bags/min.
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Unit-dose splitter

The HUD (hospital unit-dose) Splitter from Sepha (Irvine, CA) is designed to cut hospital unit-dose blister packs into single packs without affecting the seal or product identification information.
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Flow wrappers

The Flowtronic 120SE from GEI Autowrappers (Wayne, PA) is capable of reaching speeds to 400 packs/min. Specifications for up to 20 different products can be retrieved with push-button control.
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Blister packaging machine

An operational Model 4SC69 four-station blister packaging machine will be on display at Alloyd (DeKalb, IL). This automatic rotary heat-sealing machine is designed for space efficiency and reliability, and it reaches speeds to 20 cycles/min.
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Carton sealing

The D4140ABF Safety Soft Touch is a new carton sealing tape dispenser from Nifty Products (Old Bridge, NJ). This hand-held dispenser uses a retractable blade that is only exposed when the wipe-down flap is pushed back.
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Vertical f/f/s system

A new vertical form/fill/seal system from All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY) reaches speeds to 60 packages/ min using low-cost, center-folded rollstock.
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Biodegradable polyester

DuPont Films (Wilmington, DE) has introduced a hydro/biodegradable polyester that is said to decompose without harm to the soil or environment. A modified PET polymer, Biomax can be made into fibers, films or resins, and has a melting point of around 200°C.
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Hand-load cartoner

Adco's (Sanger, CA) new hand-load cartoner is designed to erect, close and seal cartons containing stacks of paper or other flat stackable items at speeds to 30 cartons/min.
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Slip/tie sheet dispenser

The Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) Model 1098D dual hopper/sheet dispenser is designed to handle both slip and tie sheets simultaneously. It can be installed on existing palletizers and robots, or as a stand-alone unit.

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