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Bagging & Form/fill/seal

Bagged parts discharge from the heavy-duty vertical form/fill/seal system at rates to 40 bags/min.
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Vf/f/s system nails bag counts

< A.R.C. Fastener Supply, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, operates a stand-alone Bagmaster[tm] vertical form/fill/seal bagger for kits containing identical pieces. The bagging system includes a 14-head Bilwinco combination netweigher for which Batching Systems, Inc. (Prince Frederick, MD) is the exclusive North American distributor. Started up in late 2000, the system handles bag counts ranging from 50 to 500 parts.
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A.R.C.: Vf/f/s kit bagging for parts
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A.R.C.: Vf/f/s kit bagging for parts

Counted parts and a literature sheet drop down the filling tube to the bag, which temporarily rests upon a platform to withstand the impact of up to 30 lb of hardware. An inclined conveyor leads to a bulk bin. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
A.R.C.: Optical-based parts counting
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A.R.C.: Optical-based parts counting

Fasteners are sorted, individually counted by the optical-based units, and deposited into a 60?-long heavy-duty indexing bucket conveyor. The bol counter shown is one of 10 side-by-side units, plus two Thru-Wall bolt feeders‹that supply fasteners such as washers to a vf/f/s bagger at a rate to 40 filled buckets/min. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
A.R.C.: Computerized netweigher for roofing nails
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A.R.C.: Computerized netweigher for roofing nails

Roofing nails are distributed by a vibratory feeder to the vf/f/s cone, which spreads them to the ring of 14 sets of buckets. The computer-controlled buckets provide the nails three-buckets-at-a-time to the bagger and onto a takeaway conveyor at a rate to 40/min of the 50-count, 1.5-lb bags. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher
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Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher

At this contract packager of medical and pharmaceutical products, isolated in a curtained area, the vf/f/s machine drops the six-up packets to a takeaway conveyor at a rate of 60 cycles/min.
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Delta Systems: Delicate food packaging system

Delta Systems (Rogers, AR) offers its new Mini Donut System to automate packaging of small and delicate foods. Consists of an in-feed mechanism with high-speed flow wrapper to accommodate multipacks.
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PFM Packaging Machinery Corporation: Flow wrapper

PFM Packaging Machinery Corp. (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) introduces its Hurricane Extra Wide 2-axis servo flow wrapper. To enhance ergonomics, the electrical cabinet is in the front with an oversized mechanical area for easy access.
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Atlas Group Americas: Atlas Group Americas: Weigher/form/fill/sealer

Designed specially for salty snack foods, Heat and Control’s (Hayward, CA) integrated weigher/form/fill/sealer combines the Atlas™ universal bagmaker and the Millennium™ multihead weigher into a single packaging system that produces filled bags at speeds to 200/min, while minimizing film waste.
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Markem-Imaje: Thermal-transfer coder

Markem Corp.’s (Keene, NH) expanded line of SmartDate® thermal-transfer coders offers a print speed of 5’/sec and an increased ribbon length of 2꾙’, said to reduce costs and increase uptime and efficiency by making ribbon changeover less frequent.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup executive committee: Sitting, L to R--Steve Ford, M&M Mars; Rob Aleksa, P&G; Keith Campbell, Hershey Fo
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OMAC readies pilot tests

A flurry of activity was announced this February at the OMAC Packaging Workgroup meeting in Orlando, FL, including at least two pilot tests on real packaging equipment.
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Recloseable feature 'snaps' onto pretzel pack

At Snaxpo 2002, held February 16 - 19 in Chicago, Packaging World spotted printed prototype flexible film bags for Herr's 22-oz Sourdough Bite Size Hard Pretzels that included the Easy Snap™ closure system.
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Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
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Technical innovation on display

New oxygen-absorbing technology and a unique insulating liner for produce are two FPA winners admired for their technical innovation.
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Rollstock, Inc: Hf/f/s vacuum packager

Rollstock’s (Kansas City, MO) RI200 automatic, PLC-controlled vacuum packaging machine operates at 12 indexes/min, with each die containing 1 or multiple pockets.
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Circle Packaging Machinery Inc: Liquid f/f/s machine

The Circle liquid servo-controlled f/f/s system from Circle Packaging Machinery (Green Bay, WI) provides multilane, continuous motion, and 4-sided seal formatting with the capability of handling high production rates for personal care liquids or food related products.

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