Machinery

Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

Grate Chef: Four-station rotary poucher for grill wipes
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Grate Chef: Four-station rotary poucher for grill wipes

Packaging is done 2-up at a rate to 30 pouches/min on a four-station MFG Inc. pouching machine located at contract packager Packaging Division Inc. in Northlake, IL.
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New conveyor catalog released

QC Industries has released its new catalog featuring a complete selection of its 125 Series conveyors including cleated belt, corrosion-resistant, magnetic conveyors, 125 Z Series, and 250 Series low-profile conveyors and accessories.
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Shuttleworth, Inc: Paper stack accumulator

Shuttleworth introduces the Star Roller™, which is designed to eliminate the shingling or creeping of the bottom-most layers of paper when stacks are transported or accumulated on slip-torque conveyors.
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Nercon Engineering & Mfg. Inc: Nercon Engineering & Mfg. Inc: Self-adjusting accumulator

The Flex Flow Accumulator from Nercon automatically adjusts to the changing pace of production flow, ensuring continuous flow throughout the conveyor section.
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Axon: Single-head TE bander

Axon offers an improved version of its fastest single-head, high-speed, tamper-evident bander. Called the EZ-100HSX, the continuous-motion bander is capable of larger size capacity and speeds to 500 bottles/min.
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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Clipper belt splicing

Dorner offers new plastic clipper and stainless-steel clipper belt splicing options. Belts with plastic clipper or stainless-steel clipper options can be easily replaced on tight-fitting conveyors or conveyors buried in machines by removing a pin that holds the spliced belts together.
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

Omega Design offers its new In-Line Shrinkbundler that operates at speeds in excess of 350 containers/min, depending on package configurations. Machine design enables it to be easily integrated into most line layout configurations.
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Nordson Corporation: Nordson Corporation: Nordson Corporation: Leaflet tipping system

Longford offers a machine that feeds and tips multifolded pharmaceutical leaflets onto other leaflets, backer cards, or carriers at speeds to 18ꯠ leaflets/hour with an accuracy of ± 1/32”.
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.: Wrapping, stacking and pouching of carded vials
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Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.: Wrapping, stacking and pouching of carded vials

Vials in card form are stacked and then pouched via a Sinlon S.L. Package Machine flow wrapper, represented in the U.S. by Marpak. After precise weighing on a Hi-Speed Checkweigher machine to confirm pouch counts, the pouches travel on a conveyor section to where they are manually inspected before cartoning.
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Hartness International launches conveyor company

Hartness International announces the creation of Hartness Conveyor Systems (HCS) LLC.
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Water bottled in Kuwait has U.S. flavor

A portable bottling line housed in a 20’x8’x81¼2’ container is quenching the thirst of troops and personnel in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Started up in fall 2003, the 25 bpm self-contained line provides 1.5-L bottled water on-demand for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) troops and support personnel, according to AAFES Food and Theatre program manager Tom Wilson.
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BluePrint Automation: BluePrint Automation: BluePrint Automation: An 'eye' for robotics

Systems integrator pairs machine vision systems with robotics, enabling its end-user customers to inspect items in line at high speeds.
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Belcor Industries Inc: Automatic case former

Belcor has added the BEL 651 Fully Automatic Case Former to its product line, with features like Allen-Bradley PLC, built-in remote demand control, and a low price.
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AutoPak Engineering Corp.: Pharmaceutical conveyor

The modular, sanitary XA Conveyor from AutoPak Engineering is designed to improve productivity and efficiency for pharmaceutical packagers. The patented stainless steel system is ideal for clean-room operations and can handle a range of small- to medium-sized products.
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UF juiced for R&D

The University of Florida’s packaging department kicks off with a full slate of applied research projects including these for food and RFID.

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