Pacific Robotics' (San Diego, CA) PR-110 robot depalletizes loads of bagged material as tall as 80". It uses a regenerative vacuum blower and a proprietary pickup head to systematically remove bags from the pallet load and place them on a conveyor.
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Liberty Industries (Youngstown, OH) has released a new full-color brochure on the 5 Series Model 5.50 automatic stretch system. It has been designed and engineered for rugged installations with operational simplicity and safety in mind.
Dairy packers won a major victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered the Vermont District Court to grant an industry-requested injunction against the state's mandatory rBST labeling statute.
Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
A line of drive rollers from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) provides a simple and economical means for building powered roller conveyors in pallet handling, cargo handling and packaging machinery applications.
Farmland Dairies is the first to pack a low-acid beverage in an aseptic carton this large. Shelf stability permits nontraditional placement in-store. Automatic in-line pour spout applicator is also the first of its kind.
The WRCP 2000 Series of wraparound case packers from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) wraps flat corrugated sheets around collated products. Compared to an RSC, the amount of corrugated board can be reduced, says the manufacturer.
The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.