Machinery

Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

Janes Family Foods: Right-angle setup for case sealing
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Janes Family Foods: Right-angle setup for case sealing

At Janes’ Concord, Ontario, Canada plant, this carton sealer from Bradma-Lake is set up on a right angle to save space. The top flap is closed and sealed with hot melt adhesive dispensed by a Nordson hot-melt system as the carton conveys along the first conveyor “leg.” At the end of this leg, a stationary bar pushes the carton 90° along the second leg to seal the carton’s sides.
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Janes Family Foods: New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency
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Janes Family Foods: New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency

A mechanical tool equipped with vacuum takes a carton blank from a magazine and positions it on top of the carton former’s head tooling.
Gray & Company: Case sealing at candy manufacturer
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Gray & Company: Case sealing at candy manufacturer

Cases are discharged from the loader to the Wexxar Model WSH-06 case sealer. The filled cases discharge from the robot and round a short conveyor section to the sealer.
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Pack Expo Video: "Soft convection" shrink tunnel

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: To ensure a uniform distribution of heat to produce an attractive, consistent shrink package, Lantech (Louisville, KY) introduced a “soft convection” shrink tunnel designed to eliminate dog ears and wrinkles. See video clip of this machine
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Pack Expo Video: Integral conveyor/accumulator/single-filer

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: With four patents pending, the new space-saving Infinity™ accumulator from Garvey Corp. (Blue Anchor, NJ) features a built-in combiner that can be configured as a single-file outfeed, multiple-lane outfeed, or en mass outfeed. See video clip of this machine
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Ergonomic, entry-level L-bar sealer/tunnel

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: The semi-automatic, ergonomically designed Shanklin (Ayer, MA) Edge® L-bar sealer and heat tunnel offers five programmable recipe settings and toolless adjustment.
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Pack Expo Video: Air cushion inflating system

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: FP International's (Redwood City, CA) Novus C air cushion packaging system inflates preconfigured, low-density polyethylene film in four different air cushion shapes at speeds to 70 fpm. See video clip of this machine
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Fast-change PET air conveying

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: Whisper Side Flow™ (WSF) empty container air conveyance features 28/38 TwinTrak™, which permits a pneumatically operated fingertip changeover between 28- and 38-mm neck finishes at the flip of a switch and without change parts.
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Q&A: The hands-on touch

Glenn Hegsted (far right) is the founder of Montaqua Spring Water, Dillon MT, where a brand new PET water bottling line was recently installed (see p.95). Beside Glenn are son David (center) and step-son Mike Couch; Mike’s daughter Codi rounds out the crew. Here Glenn talks about the value of having in-house fabricating expertise.
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Pack Expo video coverage: Integral conveyor/accumulator/single-filer
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Pack Expo video coverage: Integral conveyor/accumulator/single-filer

With four patents pending, the new space-saving Infinity™ accumulator from Garvey Corp. (Blue Anchor, NJ) features a built-in combiner that can be configured as a single-file outfeed, multiple-lane outfeed, or en mass outfeed.
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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Multiple tier support stands

Dorner Mfg. Corp. (Hartland, WI) offers multiple tier support stands for its entire family of flat and cleated conveyor belt. Stands can accommodate up to 3 conveyors for the company’s 2200, 3200, 4100, 6100, MPB, and LPZ Series conveyors.
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uni-chains Manufacturing Inc: uni-chains Manufacturing Inc: Modular conveyor belt

The new uni Flex SNB modular conveyor belt system from uni-chains Manufacturing (Reading, PA) is a side-flexing belt designed to replace multiple straight and side-flexing conveyors with a single, interchangeable system that eliminates the need for transfers and dead plates.
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Labeling Systems : Corner wrap box labeler

Model 1402CW from Labeling Systems (Oakland, NJ) is a fully engineered and integrated product handling and labeling system. Incorporates a 6” conveyor mounted to rigid steel to provide a positive drive of the product during the label application.
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Bag closing machine

WEB EXLUSIVE: Optima Machinery (Green Bay, WI) introduces a Clipfix bag closing machine from P&S Mako that is designed for combination with horizontal form/fill/seal machines.

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