In researching a March Packaging World story about how controls integration and information technologies can improve supply chain efficiencies, I wound up gathering more information than I could fit in the designated space.
Finished bags are conveyed through a metal detector from Fortress Technologies and a checkweigher from Heat and Control just before case packing from Fallas Automation. Filled cases are taped shut and date coded on their sides.
The Arpac Group introduces the 108F shrink bundler built to dairy standards. Machine has a compact, single-frame stainless-steel design and a right-angle infeed for the collation of a variety of product sizes and configurations.
Contract packager Platinum Packaging employs nearly 50 Longford friction feeders that deliver gift box blanks from a magazine onto a lugged conveyor for downstream shrink wrapping. Feeders can also be set up to deliver calendars to a plow so that another downstream feeder can insert a paperboard card into the calendar. Dong so helps provide rigidity to the calendar after it's shrink-wrapped.
The FIFO first-in-first-out accumulator from Dillin Engineered Systems provides a solution to the challenge of high-speed accumulation, conveyance and line balancing for a range of container and product sizes.