Machinery

Materials Product Brief
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Wash-down coder

The US-4500 coder from Bell-Mark Sales (Pine Brook, NJ) is suited for applications with damp or hostile environments, such as in the dairy and meat industries.
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Packaging issues can't be overlooked

An August 30 Wall Street Journal profile of Pepsi's woes in Brazil is a reminder of how critical a role packaging can play in the international cola wars.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
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Horizontal cartoner

The Pioneer Model 50 semi-automatic horizontal cartoner from Superior Packaging Equipment (Carlstadt, NJ) is designed for light production requirements.
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
Mechanical grippers mounted on a continuously moving chain pick the reclosable pour spouts from an infeed chute and, after runni
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first (sidebar)

In-line applicator's a first
Materials Product Brief
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Pallet wrapper/shrink line

The KL pallet wrapper/shrink line from Kurt Lachenmeier (Unna, Germany) can wrap up to 300 pallet loads/hr. Loads are passed though a "curtain" of flat film, then vertical sealing beams move together behind the load to produce a tight sleeve.
One key to wrapping six somewhat unstable lightweight bottles is a movable bridge that transports the bottle group as they?
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Chesebrough 'raves' about new bundler

Dual-lane shrink bundler for six-packs of Rave hairspray allows plant to run line at 200+ bpm, and higher speeds are being considered. New handling features cut downtime.
Materials Product Brief
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Screw conveyor

A mobile flexible screw conveyor from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) allows the transport of powder and bulk materials at up to 300 cu'/hr, and up to 14' H.
Materials Product Brief
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Outsert applicator

The Outserter from Krones (Franklin, WI) affixes literature outserts onto round and nonround containers via direct transfer technology. The system eliminates residue and web breakage typical of strip-stick and spray adhesive systems, says Krones.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Raising the bar on training
Materials Product Brief
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Case packer for stand-up pouches

Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) will debut the Technistar TS Series of case packers. The TS Series is the only case packer, says the company, for stand-up pouch packagers with the flexibility of handling a range of packaging configurations and pouch sizes.
Materials Product Brief
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Horizontal cartoner

The continuous-motion A Thiele PSC+ horizontal cartoner from Thiele Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) features a toolless changeover and runs four different sized tubes and cartons.
Filled bags of pre-mix antibiotics (such as the one at left) convey to a manual inspection station (above) where production asso
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning

Automated set up, packing and labeling of cartons containing antibiotic I.V. bags saves Baxter Healthcare nearly $2 million/year in labor and material costs.
Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.
Materials Product Brief
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Reusable IBC

The Ecobulk MX from Schutz Container Systems (Perryburg, OH) is a UN-approved composite intermediate bulk container designed for the transport of liquids.
Materials Product Brief
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Integra II from Sasib Packaging North America (Skokie, IL) is a form/fill/seal machine that produces a pillow-style pouch designed for dry, free-flowing products.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.

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