Machinery

Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

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Steel frame conveyor

Alvey Systems (St. Louis, MO) introduced a steel frame version of its Accuzone™ case conveyor. Conveyor is developed for manufacturing and distribution environments that demand precise product handling and system flexibility with the durability of steel.
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Web Plus: Researching equipment online is not just window shopping

Surfing the Internet is more than a pastime for Another Day Ltd. manager David Lickhalter. It’s an efficient way to research equipment that the San Diego-based pet-supply company needs to package its liquid products.
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Bringin' 'em back for more

Engineers from two packaged goods manufacturers, one based in Illinois and one in North Carolina, found more than enough at Pack Expo 2000 to bring them back in 2002.
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Alcoa began development of Fridge Pack

The newest innovation in canned beverage multipacks, the 12-count Fridge Pack from Coca-Cola bottlers traces its origins to aluminum can producer Alcoa.
The thermal ink-jet cartridge is quickly removed and replaced when it's empty.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Caraustar moves to thermal ink-jet coding

Contract pharmaceutical packager Caraustar finds thermal ink-jet coding simple to operate and easy to maintain. The water-based inks are also appealing.
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Free conveyor catalog

A new free 154-page catalog from Dorner Mfg. Corp. (Hartland, WI) contains all the latest updates on its entire line of conveyors, including the 3200 and Modular Plastic Belt (MPB) Series, both of which debuted this spring.
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Fogg Filler Co.: Filling system

Fogg Filler (Holland, MI) introduces the Fill-Pro 5000 Series filling system for the liquid bottling and packaging market. Machine is available for gravity or pressure gravity filling, or it can be specified with flow meters for non-contact, metered filling.
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Emplex Systems Inc: Automated bagging system

Emplex (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) introduces the Emplex Bag Station automated bagging system. Machinery is built for the automated filling and sealing of any style wicketed bag.
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ID Technology: Corner label options

ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX) offers a heavy-duty option for application of a label to a case corner. Attachment can be integrated with label printer/applicators as well as decorative label applicators.
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Columbia Machine: Conveyor infeed system

Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) introduces a heavy-duty conveyor infeed system designed to palletize bulky shrink-wrapped phone books. The floor-level configuration replaces manual stacking lines in publishing plants where heavy books can cause muscle strain and repetitive motion injuries.
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
North Side: Weighing and filling of frozen beef patties
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North Side: Weighing and filling of frozen beef patties

Bag filling begins at the Ohlson four-head bulk-and-dribble scale, which has frozen patties conveyed to it directly from a spiral freezer.
San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water
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San Manuel Bottled Water Group: Palletizing bottled water

A low-level palletizer loads tray packs onto a sweep platform that delivers full layers onto the pallet.
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Lepel Corporation: Induction cap sealer

The CSplus induction capsealing system from Lepel (Waukesha, WI), said to be the first self-cooled system with no fans, no water, and no moving parts, now provides a motion sensing option.
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Shuttleworth, Inc: Conveyor

The Easy Clean Slip-Torque® conveyor from Shuttleworth (Huntington, IN) is designed to reduce the surfaces where contaminants can collect to permit easy, thorough cleaning.

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