On this bottled water line, one of two robots from Custom Metal Designs depalletizes bagged layers of 1-gal containers and places them onto the infeed of the debagging system. The output of each of the twin units is nearly two LDPE-bagged layers/min, or a total of 180 containers/min.
Jaguar II thermal-transfer programmable printer from Norwood Marking (Downers Grove, IL) has a print rate of up to 350 prints/min with a 2”x3” print area (intermittent) or continuous-motion speeds of over 1ꯠ mm/sec with a 2”x5” print area.
Sandiacre Packaging’s (Lancaster, PA) TG350-RC continuous motion vf/f/s machine is suitable for fresh produce and frozen-food packaging. Initially designed to accommodate pack widths from 2.36” to 13.78”, unit is said to also package a wide range of bag sizes and styles of hard-to-pack product at high speeds.
The WD-18 vf/f/s machine from Winpak (San Bernardino, CA) can fill multiple lanes of free-flowing particulates. Operating at rates to 700 pouches/min, the WD-18 combines 2 separate 18” webs of film to produce sealed pouches.
The Eagle Phaser, a vf/f/s machine from EaglePack (Oakland, CA), was engineered specifically for feeding and advancing film, forming, filling, and sealing bags with minimal complication, the company says.
"Fresh now and fresh later," is how spokeswoman Robin Sprague of Fresh Express, Salinas, CA, describes the company's new Twin Pack of attached side-by-side bags of lettuce. "Consumers can use half of the pack immediately, and keep the other bag under modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) conditions to maintain freshness," she informs Packworld.com. "It's a unique concept that offers more convenience to consumers."