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Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

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Siemens says integrated safety yields benefits for machine builders

For years,emergency stops (e-stops in shop-floor parlance) on packaging machines have had to be hardwired independently of any network to comply with government safety requirements.
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Chain conveyor system

Bosch Rexroth offers the VarioFlow chain conveyor system designed for use in the food and packaging industry. A range of chain types and widths are available, including 80, 100, 160, 240, and 320mm.
Platinum Packaging Inc.: Friction feeding for gift box blanks
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Platinum Packaging Inc.: Friction feeding for gift box blanks

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.
Poore: Weigh scales for salty snacks
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Poore: Weigh scales for salty snacks

Cross-feeder conveyors deliver snacks to Ishida 14-head weigh scales from Heat and Control. Individual load cells measure the weight of product in the scales. Integrated controls are used to select the right combination of buckets to release an accurate amount of product into a bottom-sealed tube of film.
Poore: Snack line conveying to f/f/s
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Poore: Snack line conveying to f/f/s

At Poore Brothers, three FastBack conveyors from Heat and Control carry snacks from three fryers to downstream vertical form/fill/seal machines.
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Graphic Packaging Intl.: Graphic Packaging Intl.: Collation system

Graphic Packaging introduces an addition to its Minnesota Automation product line: a new system for collation of nested containers and lids that is designed to handle all popular sizes of nested containers and lids.
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Dillin Engineered Systems: Accumulator

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.
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Industrial Consortium: Cooler infeed

The ICwedge from Industrial Consortium cooler infeed system is a continuous-motion, low-backpressure, single-file to mass-flow transfer system. The rotating motion of its multiple wedges form and transfer rows of containers into a mass-flow cooler.
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Label-Aire: Inline labeler

Label-Aire introduces the Inline Series 6000 labeling system that can be outfitted with a range of New Generation 3100 Series applicators (wipe-on, air-blow, or tamp-blow).
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Wireless ink-jet coding

A switch from hand-applied, preprinted labels on corrugated shippers to large-character ink-jet printing is reducing labor costs and improving security measures at the Great Northern Wholeaves operation of produce grower/marketer Mills Inc.
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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Customized conveying

Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. offers a variety of conveying systems tailored to product handling and floor plan requirements, including mergers, diverters, and dividers.
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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Sanitary conveyor platform

Dorner offers the AquaPruf line, its newest platform of sanitary, washdown conveyors. Line consists of the 7200 Series and 7300 Series engineered for specific strengths within the food, medical, and pharmaceutical industries.
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Small package checkweighers

Thompson Scale introduces two types of small-package checkweighers; drag chain for rigid containers, and belt conveyor for flexible and unstable products.
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Intermediate checkweigher

Thompson Scale offers its 4693i Intermediate Checkweigher designed for institutional and packaged food manufacturing, specialty chemical, and corrosive or caustic product industries.

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