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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.
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Arrowhead reorganizes

Arrowhead Systems LLC (Randolph, WI) has successfully completed its financial reorganization and has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in a positive fiscal position, with strong expectations for significant future growth, according to the company.
Kenosha Beef International: Printing and stacking box blanks
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Kenosha Beef International: Printing and stacking box blanks

At Kenosha Beef, corrugated box blanks are manually loaded into a magazine on this digital case printer.
Micro Flo: Indexing bottles of agrichemicals
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Micro Flo: Indexing bottles of agrichemicals

At Micro Flo, a worker places empty F-style containers onto this infeed conveyor table. At the end of the table, suction cups grab six containers and transfer them onto a perpendicular conveyor that carries them single file towards an indexing filler-capper.
Christian Book Distributors: Packaging books for e-commerce orders
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Christian Book Distributors: Packaging books for e-commerce orders

This clip shows operators placing stacks of books and CDs in infeed trays.
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Ranpak Corporation: Voidfill measurement system

The AccuFill system automatically determines how much packing material is needed to fill a void in the top of a box and then generates that exact amount.
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Lantech Inc: Stretch wrapping efficiency

Q300XT Plus Stretch Wrapping System automatically attaches and cuts film to a pallet load. This allows a fork-truck operator to drive up, position the load onto the wrapper’s turntable, start the machine with a lanyard switch, then drive away, all without stepping off the fork truck.
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V.Cannelli Co.LLC: Orbital stretch wrappers

For wrapping long narrow products and parts such as boxes, lumber, bumpers, tubes, and pipes, the OSW series of stretch wrapping equipment is available in fully- and semi-automatic versions.
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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.
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.

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