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National Manufacturing Week: Notes from the field

Special Projects Editor Dave Newcorn spotted many interesting new technologies, including machine vision, at National Manufacturing Week in early March. Here are some of them.
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PET handling conveyor

A PET handling conveyor enables transportation of bottles by their base under stable conditions at speeds to 1ꯠ bpm. By handling bottles from the base, no turbulent air movement in the vicinity in the neck area can cause bottles to fall, even at conveyor speeds exceeding 100 meters/min.
Crowds at McCormick Place North for ProMat 2003.
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ProMat 2003 attracts 37,900 visitors

Attendance at ProMat 2003, held in Chicago the week of February 10th, seems to signal an improving business environment, according to show sponsor The Material Handling Industry of America.
A new breed of capacitive sensor on this pressure-sensitive labeling head lets Pro-Motion Industries run a wide variety of label
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Quick-change equipment shines

From contract packaging to pharmaceuticals to frozen veggies, packaging operations depend heavily on the ease with which they can be changed over.
The washdown 'black box' drive, shown mounted atop 
a motor (inset below), can be positioned on or alongside the modular, preass
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Onboard drives enable Plug-and-Play

Sidel uses a new kind of washdown variable-frequency drive mounted right on its Plug-and-Play conveyors to reduce installation costs by more than 20%.
Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Air knives dry bottles for regional beverage packager
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Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Air knives dry bottles for regional beverage packager

To gain optimal carbonation, Black Bear beverage temperatures are just above freezing.
Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Bottle labeling for regional beverage bottler
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Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Bottle labeling for regional beverage bottler

Bottles index single file through a timing screw to the labeling station: a new Model 3125 labeler from Label-Aire . Label rollstock unwinds through a series of dancer rollers.
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Eriez Magnetics: Conveyor for fragile products

Horizontal Motion Conveyor moves fragile products at rates to 40’/min with a gentle sliding motion using either a 1.5 or 3HP variable speed drive. The new HMC-22 and HMC-50 models use a counter weight drive system so that the product remains stationary as it is carried forward, then instantly slides along the tray surface as the drive quickly reverses its action.
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Dynamic Conveyor Corporation: Modular conveying system

Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) introduces the DynaCon® conveyor system that allows quick changes on the manufacturing floor, permitting the conveyor length to grow or shrink in increments as small as 6”.
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Ranpak Corporation: High-speed void filling

Designed for high-speed, high-volume top and side voidfill uses, the FillPak[tm] system uses fanfold, single-ply kraft paper to produce economical voidfill for random applications.
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Lantech Inc: Shrink tunnel improved

“Soft Convection” Shrink Tunnel uses unique technology to ensure uniform distribution of convection heat--the key to attractive, consistent shrink packages--to eliminate common problems such as “dog ears” and bubbles.
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Krones, Inc: Air conveyor for PET bottles

The stainless steel, low-noise, low-energy modular AirCo air conveyor moves PET bottles on an adjustable cushion of air provided by specialized radial blowers.
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New England Machinery, Inc: Rotary capper

Configurable with from 3 to 30 heads and gentle handling surfaces, the NERCCE rotary chuck capper is adaptable to a wide range of caps and containers at rates to 600 containers/min.
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All-Fill Inc: Checkweigher for tough-to-handle pouches

The Apha PW-12 powered checkweigher weighs up to 200 irregularly shaped or unsupported pouches/min at an accuracy of +- 0.5 g. It easily integrates into existing lines and accepts flexible or rigid packages up to 8 lb in sizes to 14’’ x 8’’.
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CVC Technologies: Top labeler

The CVC 200 from CVC (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) labeles the top of packages or containers. Incorporates its own conveyor and the CVC SelfSet labeling changeover system.

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