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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.
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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.
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.
Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Bottle labeling for regional beverage bottler
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Black Bear Bottling Group LLC: Bottle labeling for regional beverage bottler

Bottles index single file through a timing screw to the labeling station: a new Model 3125 labeler from Label-Aire . Label rollstock unwinds through a series of dancer rollers.
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.
A new breed of capacitive sensor on this pressure-sensitive labeling head lets Pro-Motion Industries run a wide variety of label
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Quick-change equipment shines

From contract packaging to pharmaceuticals to frozen veggies, packaging operations depend heavily on the ease with which they can be changed over.
The washdown 'black box' drive, shown mounted atop 
a motor (inset below), can be positioned on or alongside the modular, preass
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Onboard drives enable Plug-and-Play

Sidel uses a new kind of washdown variable-frequency drive mounted right on its Plug-and-Play conveyors to reduce installation costs by more than 20%.
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Eriez Magnetics: Conveyor for fragile products

Horizontal Motion Conveyor moves fragile products at rates to 40’/min with a gentle sliding motion using either a 1.5 or 3HP variable speed drive. The new HMC-22 and HMC-50 models use a counter weight drive system so that the product remains stationary as it is carried forward, then instantly slides along the tray surface as the drive quickly reverses its action.
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Dynamic Conveyor Corporation: Modular conveying system

Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) introduces the DynaCon® conveyor system that allows quick changes on the manufacturing floor, permitting the conveyor length to grow or shrink in increments as small as 6”.

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