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Inkjet controller

I-Mark™ is available as either a raw controller board, with or without enclosure, or as a complete standalone system with Windows CE touch-screen interface, keyboard, enclosure, and other options.
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Servos serve up filling success

PC-based servo controls help dual-lane f/f/s machine maximize filling speeds and achieve easier changeover.
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Wafers won't crumble under robotic handling

Bahlsen, a German manufacturer of cakes and biscuits, has modernized a packaging line with 24 SIG Delta Robots from SIG Pack Systems AG (Beringen, Switzerland).
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.
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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Formost Fuji Corporation: Dual-lane horizontal bagger

Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) designed the new GT-4 dual-lane horizontal bagger with 2 product lanes operating simultaneously. Machine operates at speeds to 50 cycles/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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DT Industries: DT Industries: Conveyor

The “S” module conveyor from DT Packaging Systems (Leominster, MA) allows bottles or other containers to be conveyed in a straight line from conveyor to conveyor with none of the guide work or side transfers of a standard conveyor crossover.
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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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'Cordial' robots hit savings sweet spot (sidebar)

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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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