The TP-25 tray packer for aseptic cartons from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) runs 1-L aseptic cartons at up to 25 trays/min. A positive product handling/laning system allows for pre-collation of product and acts as an in-process accumulator.
Computer-controlled, the SMIFORM line of stretch blow molders from SMI (Bergamo, Italy) eliminates many of the mechanical and electrical connections that made traditional molders so complicated and expensive.
A new inserter from Unique Solutions (Lake Zurich, IL) inserts coupons, liquid or dry-filled pouches, and a variety of 3D items made in a continuous, perforated, bandolier format up to 6" wide and 2" thick.
A horizontal tf/f/s machine from Multivac (Kansas City, MO) makes blisters and seals them with card or film in one process. The system forms blisters from rollstock and takes roll-fed film, paperboard, or a paper/poly structure, and uses it to make the blister backing.
Columbia/Okura’s (Vancouver, WA) OXPA-DIY software is a Windows-based graphical user interface that gives the user a simple way to create, edit, and download custom robotic palletizing pattern programs.
On this revamped bottling line for rum and rum products, the rotary case packer from Hartness International operates just like the uncaser, except in reverse. Downstream from the case packer, tab-lock reshippers have their tabs slit before flaps are plowed and glued shut.