Door hinge manufacturer Hager Companies swings from a contact roll coder to a high resolution tamp-on label printer/applicator. Results are increased legibility, decreased downtime and the addition of bar codes.
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Great Lakes (Booth 1546) will display its new custom-designed Infeed and Hot Plate Tunnel. This new infeed will be shown dividing pharmaceutical bottles into groups of three and shrink wrapping them into packages of three or six.
Automation Packaging (Booth 3238) will introduce the APB B Series shrink film bundler. A bucket infeed allows handling of unstable products. It carries products from collation, through wrapping and into the shrink tunnel without product transfers.
Concord Businesss Systems (Marietta, GA) has developed scheduling software for flexible packaging converters. It can be used independently on a PC-based system and integrated with leading management software in specific industries.
Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
Hapman Conveyors (Kalamazoo, MI) has introduced a new series of bulk bag unloading/conveying hoppers. They are equipped with an adjustable iris valve to control material flow, an access door for opening or closing of bags and a low-level sensor to automatically stop the conveyor.
In an effort to bring California into compliance with federal environmental advertising claims guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), industry is backing a state environment labeling bill prohibiting environmental marketing claims that do not meet or exceed requirements for substantiation, are not consistent with examples in the FTC guidelines, or are identified as deceptive claims by those guidelines.
Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.