From Fleetwood (Romeoville, IL) comes an air conveyor for caps and cartons that has special patterns of lift holes and drive louvers to propel items through elevators, lowerators and merge/divert gates.
The ZPC combiner from Fleetwood (Romeoville, IL) aligns bottles in a single file and uses 4 photo eyes—1 to monitor infeed, 1 to monitor discharge and 2 to monitor gaps between bottles—to ensure a constant feed rate.
An automatic counter/bagger/bag palletizer automates the handling of converted can ends. From Fleetwood Systems (Romeoville, IL), the system is said to increase line speeds and decrease operator involvement.
Fleetwood Container, Vernon, CA, has added a six-color Cuir Rotaflexo® Mark II 2200 top printer equipped with an Inkontrol® automatic viscosity/pH controller, both from Automato/oon (Plover, WI) The Inkontrol system automatically monitors and controls viscosity and pH during print runs to provide consistent quality, and free up operators.