O/K Durable Packaging’s (Countryside, IL) OK Durapacker 1 is part of a system that enables operators to pack more efficiently by presenting both the cases and the products at the correct level to increase operator efficiency.
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Compact (60”Lx52”W), fast (up to 200 ppm), and flexible, the 400 Series of case packers from Fallas (Waco, TX) provides gravity-fed or robotic case packing, lay-flat or stand-up product configuration, and inline or right angle infeed.
Combi (Canton, OH) offers its MCE servo case erector that has a walk-in powered case magazine, positive opposing vacuum case opening, and a lug drive case transport for erecting and sealing up to 20 cases/min.
Marq Packaging (Yakima, WA) has modified its HPE-NS high-performance case erector to allow quicker and easier adjustments for various box sizes. The original hopper had 2 handwheels to turn to adjust for different box sizes, but the modified case erector requires only 1 adjustment to accommodate case-size changeover.
Hershey’s pudding packs and technology for self-venting trayed entrees, first commercialized by Smithfield Packing, earn Highest Achievement honors from The Flexible Packaging Assn.’s 2003 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition.
Schneider Packaging (Brewerton, NY) offers its robotic palletizing system called Robox™. System uses a 6-axis articulated robotic arm incorporated into the designed cell and can be attached to the output of a Schneider or other existing case packer to run standard and “open top” corrugated cases.
Model SP-2000 Ultra-High Speed Wrap-Around Multipacker produces in excess of 200 packs/min, with the capacity of 2군 containers/min. Produces 12- through 24-packs of cylindrical containers such as cans and bottles typically used for beer, soft drinks, and other beverages.
Kenton L. Jorgenson is plant operations manager at Baldwin Filters in Kearney, NE, a leading maker of filters for cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Here he talks about relationships with packaging vendors.