Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) high-speed conveyor and accumulation system can handle up to 470 bottles/min. The system offers an automatic pallet handling system, complete line-speed modulation and pressureless combining.
Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
With the help of some readers, Packaging World has assembled a glossary that defines controls terms. Most important, these terms are defined in the context of packaging machinery so that virtually all readers can relate them to the machinery we're all familiar with.
Impact Automation (Lewisville, TX) has introduced the PA450 Series of printer/applicators. Robotic articulating arm can place single or multiple labels anywhere within a flat plane on the product or package, in varying orentations.