Machinery

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Robotic tray and case packer

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Booth #709) will display the new high-speed horizontal and vertical robotic tray and case packing system. This machine picks up filled flat-bottom bags, cartons, and tubes, and places them into trays or cases at speeds to 15 cases/min.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Pete Sites of Perceptics Corporation (Knoxville, TN) recently received Johnson & Johnson's Eagle Award of Excellence, for his work in creating an automated machine inspection system for new one-day disposable soft contact lenses.
Controls Product Brief
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Auger filler

Mateer-Burt's (Booth #1605) new Neotron Series 1800 servo-driven auger filler provides accurate filling within ±.45% of targeted weight. It's for use with free-flowing or non-free-flowing liquids and powders, as well as liquids, creams, pastes, viscous liquids and slurries.
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Bottle air laner/accumulator

R.A. Pearson's (Spokane, WA) models C9400 and C9600 PET bottle air laner/accumulators are designed to facilitate bottle conveying, diverting and accumulating prior to case packing or bulk palletizing.
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PAM with a pump

Figuring it likely that "aerosol aversion" might cause some consumers to steer clear of its PAM® cooking spray in an aerosol can, American Home Food Products of Madison, NJ, began testing an alternative package: PAM with a pump.
The two-piece tin (top) looks like a scale model of the race car. Even the bottom (above) is printed and formed to look like the
Feature Article
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J.L. Clark races to new technology in metal forming

Distortion printing, nine-mold forming and computer-aided design were all instrumental in Clark's unique two-piece stock car tin for Valvoline.
Materials Product Brief
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Push-pull cap feeder

Aidlin Automation's (Bradenton, FL) CFSC-2024 orients and feeds push-pull sports closures at speeds to 800 containers/min. This elevator-type unit feeds the closures using specially designed orienting cleats and then transfers them into an existing capper.
Materials Product Brief
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Bottle-in-box capper

Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) SN-30 single-chuck capper has been modified to handle 2 1/2- to 5-gal bottle-in-box containers used in the foodservice industry for oils and condiments.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Gulf States Paper Corp. (Tuscaloosa, AL): D. Lantz Reppert, executive vp, paperboard converting.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
Controls Product Brief
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Shrink film bundler

API's (Booth #1117) new APB 2700 CM (continuous motion) in-line shrink film bundler has a stepper motor driven reciprocating seal bar system, enhancing reliability in high-speed applications.
Materials Product Brief
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Blister/skin/shrink packaging

Sun Industries' (Booth #1432) Model M-816 Stretch Pak(TM) machine employs a unique combination of blister, skin and shrink technologies to create a line of high-quality carded packaging.
News
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Controls Product Brief
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Automatic bottle labeler

Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT) has introduced an automatic bottle labeling system for full or partial wrap bottle labeling. Application, bottle turning, imprinting and conveying modules are mounted on a heavy-duty base with casters for this self-contained, portable unit.
Materials Product Brief
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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Booth #1006) new pouch feeder can orient numerous styles of pouches for downstream operation at speeds to 200/min. The pouches are moved into a deep bowl centrifigual feeder, where they are picked up by a starwheel and placed onto an exit conveyor.
Materials Product Brief
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Case erector/bottom taper

Salwasser's (Booth #1031) stand-alone Model TL-60 automatic mechanical corrugated lid forming, sealing and placing machine positions lids on filled HSC display cases or trays at rates to 15/min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) and Cia. Suzano de Papel e Celulose (Sao Paulo, Brazil) have agreed to build a new carton converting plant in Brazil.
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Machine vision catalog

Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) has published its 1995 reference catalog, "Machine Vision for Quality Assurance." In addition to de-scribing the company's machine vision systems, the catalog presents a series of articles on core technologies used in building the systems, as well as case history stories describing companies that have implemented them.

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