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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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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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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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Thiele Technologies, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: High-speed bagger

Thiele’s (Minneapolis, MN) UltraStar bagging system packs 20 to 110 lb of product into multiwall and plastic bags at speeds to 30 bpm. System provides automatic discharge of unsatisfactory bags and quick, tool-free changeover.
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Koch Equipment LLC: Koch Equipment LLC: Top and bottom labeler

Koch Equipment’s (Kansas City, MO) PosiTack™ in-line labeler automatically applies p-s labels to the top and bottom of flexible packages, rigid modified atmosphere packages, boxes, and a variety of finished products.
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Universal Labeling Systems, Inc: CP bottle labeling

Universal Labeling’s (St. Petersburg, FL) Contract Packager (CP) 1000 has been designed with extra heavy-duty welded frame, 12’-long conveyor, and a redesigned wider synchronous overhead adjustable hold-down belt assembly.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case unloader

Model 49 decaser from A-B-C Packaging (Tarpon Springs, FL) automatically unloads glass or plastic bottles and containers from necks-down reshipper cases, single files the containers, and uprights the emptied cases to be conveyed to the case packer, at speeds to 75 cases/min.
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Campbell Wrapper Corporation: Horizontal wrapper

Campbell Wrapper (De Pere, WI) offers the new Revolution IP inverted full-servo, horizontal fin-seal wrapper for difficult-to-handle products. Wrapper is designed to transfer products directly onto the film web that is presented to the film-forming plow from beneath the product infeed conveyor.

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