Machinery

Vision/Inspection

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Enercon Industries Corp.: Induction cap sealer system

Enercon's Super Seal™ Deluxe cap sealer system features microprocessor control, operator interface and advanced sealing head design to maximize performance.
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Selecting a contract packager

More than 150 packaging professionals shared their advice about selecting a contract packager (CP), aka a co-packer or private-label manufacturer, in a 2009 Packworld.com online survey.
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MGS Machine Corp.: Carton inspection module

MGS Machine Corporation’s Carton Inspection Module, which may be installed downstream from most cartoning machines, delivers three main functions independent of the cartoner.
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Eriez Magnetics: Inspection for cylindricals

Eriez now offers the E-Z Tec® XR-51 X-Ray Inspection system, part of the company’s new line of automated X-ray inspection systems.
Gentle robotic handling for beverage packaging
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Gentle robotic handling for beverage packaging

Schubert Packaging Systems TLM (Top Loading Machine) Robotic Packaging system is seen in a beverage (beer) application in two of seven available modules; the first is the grouping or collating section, the second is the cartoning section where a 2-axis robot tracks the conveyor for gentle handling. The system includes bottle inspection.
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Working smarter

Industry professionals respond to the question, 'Can you share ways in which your packaging equipment or personnel are working smarter?'
Lance invests in its future
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Lance invests in its future

As an aging fleet of bagging systems is replaced over a three-year period, payback comes through enhanced performance of both combination scales and vf/f/s systems.
High-speed parts bagging with 100% QC
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High-speed parts bagging with 100% QC

Model T-1000 from Advanced Poly-Packaging offers parts bagging to 100 cycles/min. Shown with UC-2400 Vibratory Parts Counter that handles parts up to 4-in. dia; thermal-transfer print handles product data plus logos and bar codes; and Model US-4000 Rotary Checkweigh Scale for 100% QC inspection.
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Barilla's checkweigher checklist

The combination of Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed checkweighing and Safeline metal detection has been part of Barilla’s success story since its first U.S. plant opened in 1996 in Ames, IA.
Costco snack pack operations
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Costco snack pack operations

Costco’s in-house production for tubed snacks relies on three f/f/s units and four pick-and-place robots to produce a 24-count variety pack.
Perfecting pasta packaging
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Perfecting pasta packaging

A line at Barilla's greenfield plant in Avon, NY, features a cartoner and two case packers. 
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Food protection plan summary

FDA’s recent summary of the progress of its Food Protection Plan included these specifics relating to the Plan’s three themes: 1) Prevention, 2) Intervention, and 3) Response.
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X-ray systems enhance hot dog QA

During 2008, a leading hot dog manufacturer installed PowerChek Plus x-ray inspection systems from Mettler-Toledo Safeline (www.mt.com/safelineus) on six separate packaging lines.
Full 360-degree bottle inspection to 800 bottles/min
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Full 360-degree bottle inspection to 800 bottles/min

Lomax 360 Full View system from CIVision uses four cameras to provide full-surround inspection of round bottles at very high speeds. CIVCore software can stitch multiple images together to unwrap a single "full view" for a complete inspection. Tasks of label presence, skew, placement, and identification can all be handled in a single operation of unoriented containers.
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Mettler Toledo, Inc: Weigher

With its minimum sample size and simple sample transfer procedure directly to a large tare container, the XP56 Microbalance, from Mettler Toledo, considerably reduces the use of expensive control substances.

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