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Conveying, Accumulation & Feeding

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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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Eriez Magnetics: Checkweigher and metal detector

Eriez (Erie, PA) expanded its line of E-Z Tec® metal detectors to include detector/in-motion checkweigher system. Systems provide an accurate method for production line quality control in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
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.
In this example, the Thruput Calculator estimates a 19% gain in output after adding two buffer stations.
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Online calculator conveys throughput gains

Web site uses mathematical algorithms to determine the most efficient place to install buffering conveyors.
The first inspection checks the pizzas for any damage following shrink wrapping;
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Double vision for pizza improves

On three frozen pizza lines, Frozen Specialties upgrades to six Ethernet-linked machine-vision systems to check for damaged pizzas and unsealed carton flaps. See in-plant video
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FANUC Robotics: FANUC Robotics: Special equipment for a special concept (sidebar)

The Line Two difference
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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Multipacker/bundler

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) offers the MP-20 multipacker/bundler for single aseptic cartons. Single aseptic cartons are transferred onto the multipacker feed conveyor and divided into balanced lanes.
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Columbia Machine: Flow divider

Columbia Machine’s (Vancouver, WA) flow divider can be mounted onto any of Columbia’s floor-level palletizers to divide case rows or act as a centering device.
Frozen Specialties Inc.: Cartoned pizza inspection
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Frozen Specialties Inc.: Cartoned pizza inspection

The second, downstream system from Cognex checks the cartoned pizza's two end flaps for seal integrity, as seen in this overhead view. This setup features below-conveyor backlighting. Monitor shows each pizza carton image as it is analyzed by measuring it across three segments to within 1/8"" accuracy.
Frozen Specialties Inc.: Wrapped pizza inspection
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Frozen Specialties Inc.: Wrapped pizza inspection

Shrink-wrapped pizzas are checked by the first of FSI's two-part pizza inspection system from Cognex. The machine vision sensor is the metal cylinder near the top center of the first video segment.
Golden Flake: New vf/f/s for potato chip bagging
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Golden Flake: New vf/f/s for potato chip bagging

Printed rollstock unwinds from the back of one of Golden Flake's new vf/f/s machines from Heat and Control. After a knife cuts between the seal area, the filled bag discharges at the bottom of the machine.
Golden Flake: Conveying, spicing, weighing of potato chips
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Golden Flake: Conveying, spicing, weighing of potato chips

Specialized vibrating conveyors from FastBack (via turnkey system supplier Heat & Control) help reduce potato chip breakage through a slow-forward, fast-backward gliding motion.
Diamond of California: Side-by-side form/fill/seal machines for nuts
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Diamond of California: Side-by-side form/fill/seal machines for nuts

Filled and sealed bags of nuts discharge from two side-by-side vf/f/s machines onto a conveyor that runs perpendicular to them. Bags are then conveyed downstream. Meanwhile, printed film is pulled through tensioning rollers on one of the vf/f/s machines (right).
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Sidel 'refocuses' on core businesses

NEWS FROM INTERPACK 2002: Gérard Stricher, CEO of Sidel (Le Havre Cedex, France) announced a newly reorganized company that will concentrate its energies in three specific product areas for its customers worldwide.
Machine Product Brief
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Klockner Medipak: QC sampling system

A QC sampling system for pharmaceutical packaging from Klöckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) can be integrated easily into existing packaging processes and can be customized and expanded to meet individual applications and requirements.

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