Machinery

Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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Tamp labeler

BC Engineering's (Big Bear City, CA) Model 1810S-TIL ultra precision tamp labeling system is a vacuum-tamp style label applicator offered as a stand-alone unit.
Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
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Digital weight indicator

The AD-5000 digital weight indicator from A&D Weighing (Milpitas, CA) combines high-resolution with 400 weigh in/out memories and strong I/O capabilities for production, batching and data management applications.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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Color sensor

SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) has introduced the CS Color Sensor, a compact, self-contained, red, green and blue color recognition sensor.
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Case sealer

A new case sealing machine using p-s tape is available from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL). Featuring exterior-mounted tape rolls, it reduces downtime between rolls from 4 min to under 30 sec, says the company.
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Sensor mounts

The VG-612 sensor mount from Valu Guide (Irvine, CA) is designed for accurate positioning of sensors, reflectors and other devices. When used with the VG-022-01 Rail Clamp it provides quick adjustment and can be mounted below or above guide rails.
After boxes of achitectural hinges (far left) are glued shut, a label is tamped onto the tops. (Left) The final product is label
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Opening doors to bar coding

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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Automatic bag palletizer

SDP Series 2000 automatic bag palletizer from Slidell (Owatonna, MN) has a unitized design to help reduce installation time. It's shipped intact and ready for installation.
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Tray packer/shrink system

The Tray Star 30 system from Arpac (Booth 1352) is an integrated system that consists of a mid-speed intermittent-motion wraparound tray packer with a shrink wrapper and tunnel.
I  ndividually protected and wrapped 		window and door units are now shipped on company trucks standing on end like books. The v
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Pella's 'bookshelf' loads reduce materials and damage

To reduce materials and improve product protection, window-maker Pella moved to transparent stretch-wrapped packs that dramatically cut costs.
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Infeed and hot plate tunnel

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.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Emhart Powers (Elmira, NY) has secured exclusive rights to represent LumenX Co.'s (Mogadore, OH) machine vision systems.
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Bucket infeed shrink film bundler

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.
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Flexible packager scheduling

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.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY) announced the start up of the company's second high-speed line at its Hermitage, PA, facility.
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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Booth 2162) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before stretching it around the pallet load.

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