At Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005, Pro Mach's expansive booth showcased the U-shaped line that offers case erecting, case loading, case labeling, palletizing, and stretch wrapping. This same machinery will be shipped and installed at Fleetguard\'s Nashville, TN, plant in December 2005.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Products showed its V5100 vf/f/s baling system at its booth at Pack Expo International 2004 this week in Chicago. Machine packages finished bags of product into film wrapped bales, eliminating the need for paperboard boxes and premade bags. Machine can run one, two, and three columns of packaged product with a maximum bale weight of 60 lb. Machine is designed to be integrated with other vf/f/s equipment to complete the packaging process.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cousins introduced its 2100 Series A Arm stretchwrapper at Pack Expo International 2004. Low-cost automatic stretchwrapper prototype is simple and requires little maintenance. Wrapper requires no grippers, rather the films starts at the top of the package and stays put as the wrapper wraps from the top down. Available January 2005, machine will retail for $9꾾.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Blueprint Automation showed its vision-guided robot system at Pack Expo International 2004. Machine stacks product to be packaged at speeds to 300 products/min. As product is conveyed through the machine, a robot arm picks each item up individually, storing the programmed number of product and depositing it in a puck to be conveyed to a packaging machine.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Automated Packaging Systems offers its Accu-Count high accuracy counters at its booth, S-2206, at Pack Expo International 2004. These automatic infeed systems will count and batch at speeds to 2500 packages/hour. When integrated with the company's complete line of next-generation packaging machinery, including the AB 180 high-speed bagger and PI 412c printer, a complete count, print, and pack system is achieved. Machine uses a vibratory bowl feed and count system that has been engineered for dependable operation in high productivity applications. System can detect and count product from 1/8"" dia, 1/8"" to 2.5"" in length, and up to 2"" in width with extreme accuracy. The bag is then sealed and dispensed while another bag is preopened and presented for loading.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Robert's Packaging is showing its IMFS 1500 intermittent motion fill/seal packager at its booth, S-444, at Pack Expo International 2004. Stand-up pouch system automatically fills and seals premade standup/zipper style bags. Machine accommodates a minimum pouch size of 4"" W x 6"" H x 1"" gusset through a maximum pouch size of 12"" W x 15"" H with a maximum gusset of 5"". A complete size changeover can be performed in approximately 15 min. Benefits include a compact footprint, increased flexibility, and an economical price. Machine is built on the same construction criteria as Robert's C-Series continuous motion systems.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Motoman is introducing its RoboBar robotic bartender to acclaim of happy customers at its booth, S-1495, at Pack Expo International 2004. Machine, built with traditional packaging-related robotic components, is programmed to mix and pour alcoholic drinks to specification. Dual-armed, high-speed robot is equipped with a color LCD display screen, a touch screen programmed to accept the customers order, a magnetic card reader (optional), stainless-steel bar with safety enclosure, a cup dispenser, beer tap tower, ice maker, and a soda and juice dispensing tower. Machine can be purchased, leased, or rented. Cheers!
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cermex is showing its ER60 high-speed case packing robot at its Pack Expo 2004 booth, S-2448. Machine is based on the ER60 pendulum robot with high mechanical performance for case packing. Machine is a completely new selecting system for unstable products. The case transfer system is designed for a speed of 60 cases/min, while the entire system runs at a speed of 360 bottles/min.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Krones is introducing the Accutower dynamic buffering system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, S-2466. In the Accutower, containers move on a conveyor that is arranged in the shape of a vertical spiral, requiring significantly less space than traditional buffer systems. Accutower is easily configured into existing lines. Other advantages include: *Processing of unusually-shaped containers; container orientation remains the same. *Bottle never leaves transport chain. *Chain is run on only two drive motors, resulting in less maintenance and less energy consumption.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Garvey introduces its Infinity Series 3-D accumulator at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth located at N-3813. Wrapping and bagging machines can deliver their output to a single Infinity 3-D, and the system will automatically discharge the packages of product (flow-wrapped packages, bags, trays, and cartons) – oriented – to one or more downstream machines. The system also provides accumulation between the upstream and downstream machines, dramatically increasing the overall throughput of the line. No complex mechanisms or controls are required. Packages are accumulated, oriented, and discharged via the natural flow dynamics of the machine.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Kliklok-Woodman is introducing its Compak II bagmaker at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, S-1601. Machine can produce a maximum bag width of 250mm at speeds of 35 bags/min. Machine has been updated with advanced electronics and servo motors for added reliability and lowered maintenance. The Insight® color touch screen is a graphics-based operator interface that uses pictures and icons to make the system simple to operate, providing higher productivity. The Compak II is equipped with a single pneumatic control point and simplified wiring, allowing for faster trouble shooting and reduced spare parts needs.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Hartness offers its Gripveyor conveyor system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, N-3817. Conveyor system easily handles unstable, difficult-shaped bottles. Grippers grab bottles of product at their base, reducing jamming associated with air conveyors. Transport device allows for high-speed conveying of any shape plastic bottle. Conveyor system can be paired with the company’s Dynac accumulation system for seamless transport of product throughout a packaging line.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Pactiv offers a look at its new Pactiv 9000 Air-Paq® engineered inflatable packaging at its booth, S-2342, at Pack Expo International 2004. Air-Paq is a durable, resilient, and efficient packaging solution available in 2- and 3-dimensional shapes. Design features a series of adjoining air tubes that are securely inflated to cushion and protect lightweight products during shipment. The tubes are connected via a series of patented one-way valves. If one chamber is punctured, the others remain inflated. Product is loaded into a deflated package. The Air-Paq is then inflated through an external valve. Air travels through a sequence of air chambers. The package can then be loaded into a carton for shipping.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Triangle is offering its Flexcell horizontal cartoning machine at its booth, S-806, at Pack Expo International 2004. Cartoner is designed and built around third generation digital servo motion control. The result is a compact cartoner with an insertion method that propels, not pushes, products into cartons. This eliminates pushed insertion jams and mechanisms such as barrel loaders, product trays, pusher arms, and confiner assemblies. At speeds to 100 cartons/min, machine has fast, 5-min changeovers.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: RayPress showed its Protag neck tag applicator at its booth at Pack Expo International 2004 in Chicago this week. Machine takes neck tag material from two rolls and automatically applies the tags onto bottle necks at speeds of 400 tags/min. Until now, neck tags have only been applied by hand, resulting in higher labor costs and less efficient line speeds. Machine can be integrated into existing packaging lines or installed as a modular unit on an as-needed basis.