Machinery

The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Bottle plate technology

Krones (Franklin, WI) has introduced servo-controlled bottle plate technology, designed to replace traditionally engineered and manufactured cams and to provide accurate label placement on uniquely shaped bottles.
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Pump placement

New dispensing pump placement equipment from Mengibar Automation (Ivyland, PA) can unscramble, insert and tighten at up to 380 items/min. Its unique anti-jam mechanism minimizes operator intervention.
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Drive rollers

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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.

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