As the U.S.Department of Agriculture moves towards implementing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based inspection system, nearly three-quarters of existing regulations could be simplified or even eliminated, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) has in-troduced the Model 01 Posidyne® oil-shear clutch brake. Less than 8" L and weighing 20 lb, it handles up to 600 cycles/ min, and brings high torque to tight-fitting drives on case packers, cartoners, fillers, indexing conveyors and other packaging machinery.
The S-Series(TM) automated overhead stretch wrapper from Lantech (Louisville, KY) can be installed over existing conveyor systems. Filled pallet remains stationary, making system suitable for tall, lightweight, unstable, or heavy loads.
Designed by Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC) as an alternative to stand-up flexible pouches and bag-in-box packaging, the Can-O-Bag is a lightweight container constructed of a spiral-wound body ply with a spiral or convolute label.
Banner Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) Omni-Beam® Q45 photoelectric sensors operate in a retroreflective mode. A built-in Class II laser diode allows long sensing ranges up to 225', or 130' in the polarized version, with a 670-nm beam.
PMC Industries' (Hackensack, NJ) new high-speed capper applies pump caps at speeds to 300/min. A programmable controller governs machine operations, including the flow of caps from the sorter and automatic shutdown in case of overloads at transfer points.
The Model TL100 from McBrady Eng. (Joliet, IL) is an automatic vial and ampule loader for tray and tote boxes. Vials and ampules can be fed directly from the filling line or from McBrady's #40 Outside Vial washer/dryer.
When Health Corp. of Rocky Mount, NC, launched Aquaprin aspirin pain reliever/antacid late last year, it wanted a pouchstock rigid enough to let consumers mix the powdered product with water right in the pouch and then use it as a drinking cup.