Designed for pharmaceutical applications, the AutoVision 500 visual inspection system from Autoroll Machine (Middleton, MA) detects slight color variations between different batches of pills and can analyze shape, size and color of pills to verify that they are in the right packages.
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Packaging containers tend to be the milestones by which packaging advances are measured. But thousands of packagers coming to Pack Expo 96 (November 17-21, McCormick Place, Chicago) will assure you that there would be no visible packaging advances without the unseen contributions of packaging equipment.
Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) will be introducing Precision Tear, its latest easy-open feature primarily for stand-up pouches. This proprietary feature is suited for stand-up applications where good 90° tear propagation is needed, eliminating the need for tearing into the pouch's body or tearing upward and receiving a partial open pouch.
Special thermoformed packaging for a medical device from Medex of Dublin, OH, is designed so that clinicians in a non-sterile environment can open the package and present its contents to surgical staff in a sterile operating room without compromising the product's sterility.
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.
What will packaging responsibilities be like in the new millenium? What new areas of skills and knowledge will be in demand then? Those are the questions Packaging World editors posed to packaging educators and industry experts to learn what tools packagers will need to cope in the years ahead.
The BHL automatic case packaging machine from Amplas (Green Bay, WI) is designed for packing bulk rolls of trash bags into corrugated cartons. After manufacturing, rolls are conveyed to the machine and a pneumatic arm grips a preselected amount of rolls and lowers them into an erected box at speeds to 40 cycles/min.