Bucket conveyors and pendulum bucket conveyors from the Wiese Co. (Cross River, NY) are distinguished by the use of a rubber chain with high-tensile steel cables vulcanized into its core for delivering heavy-duty carrying and power-transmission capacity.
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Econocorp (Randolph, MA) now offers a dual-head rotary carton erector on its ECM Series of variable speed, continuous cartoners. Erector is said to increase the cartoning speed to 100/min and can be retrofitted to existing ECM machines.
Northwest Analytical (Portland, OR) introduces NWA Quality Analyst 5.2, the latest version of its SPC charting and analysis software. Version allows users to automatically monitor processes and facilities with integrated exception reporting.
Low-profile vf/f/s units from EaglePack are designed to reduce bruising of apple slices pack up to 50 bags/min of different sizes at Crunch Pak, Wenatchee, WA. Shown in medium and closeup views are 1-lb bags as they are formed, filled, and sealed.
Thiele’s (Minneapolis, MN) UltraStar bagging system packs 20 to 110 lb of product into multiwall and plastic bags at speeds to 30 bpm. System provides automatic discharge of unsatisfactory bags and quick, tool-free changeover.
Ilapak’s (Newtown, PA) Vegatronic 2000 v/f/f/s machine for the first time will produce a stand-up, Doy-style pouch. The machine produces a true hermetically-sealed stand-up bag with gusseted bottom and full graphics on front and rear panel.
Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) introduces the IJ/3000 large-character ink-jet printing system. Prints alphanumerics from ½” to 2” in height. Also offers touchscreen controls, worldwide networking connectivity, and around-the-clock monitoring and diagnostic functions.
MotionMeter, a high-speed digital imaging system, captures images at up to 1ꯠ frames/sec. From Redlake MASD (San Diego, CA), the 2-lb hand-held camera is used for high-speed motion analysis of line equipment malfunctions.
The Grip-Cut™ series of stretchwrappers from Wulftec Intl. (Quebec, Ontario, Canada) permit production rates of up to 50 loads/hr. Said to cut costs by eliminating the manual attaching and cutting of film, saving operator time.
The single-line palletizer system from Schneider Packaging (Brewerton, NY) is suitable for one-to-one lines operating at slower speeds. System features a Motoman UP-50 robot with a compact footprint of 6’x8’.
KHS Anker (Sacramento, CA) offers a new generation of Innoket Roland 20/5 H-VD labelers. One labeler, for example, operates with 2 wet-glue labeling stations and 2 pressure-sensitive labeling stations.