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New machine 'maps' out sandwich packs

Manufacturer relies on modified atmosphere packaging for its line of convenience store sandwiches.
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Cloud Packaging Equipment: Servo-driven pouching machine

With servo drives at the registration roll, vertical sealer, web feed roll, tucking roll, filler wheel, and top sealer, the ServOriginal pouching system from Cloud (Des Plaines, IL) has replaced mechanical parts that need regular maintenance, can become misaligned, and may be difficult to clean.
Robotic pick-and-place tool (top) loads eight trays at a time into carrier plates that deliver the trays to the evacuation/backf
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days (sidebar)

Robotics to the rescue
Among the packaged fresh produce marketed by Reichel Foods are carrots and, most recently, sliced apples.
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Sliced apples stay fresh for 36 days

Reichel Foods has moved from nacho chips and dip to luncheon meat to PBJ ‘Snax’ to carrots to celery, all in thermoformed trays. Now comes sliced apples with a 36-day refrigerated shelf life.
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Coreco Imaging: Machine vision software

Coreco Imaging (Bedford, MA) has released Imaging Studio 5.0, machine vision software that supports Coreco’s PC and IC families of frame grabbers.
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IMA North America: Cartoner

Operating at speeds to 60 cartons/min, the BFB Vertima cartoner from IMA (Fairfield, CT) is a vertical, intermittent-motion cartoner for bottles and jars.
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Label Printers: Label Printers: Label printers

Zebra (Vernon Hills, IL) introduces its XiIII label printer, which can be configured remotely via the Internet. It sends e-mail or pager messages to designated employees as soon as problems, such as running out of labels, occur.
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Oden Corporation: Liquid filling system

Available as a semiautomatic bench-top unit or fully automatic system, the Servo/Fill® system from Oden (Buffalo, NY) dispenses 0.5 oz to 5 gal of watery, foamy, or viscous liquids into virtually any shape of container.
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Modular Packaging Systems, Inc: Tube filler/closer

The Puma 60 tube filler from Modular Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) fills and closes metal, plastic, or laminated tubes. The automatic machine operates at speeds to 3길 tubes/hr.
The converting machine (left) produces air-filled cushions a maximum width of 8", with length varying from 3" to 20". Omron Heal
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Air cushions salve Omron's shipping wounds

Medical supply distributor switches from loose-fill “peanuts” to an air-cushioned void fill to satisfy customers and cut space requirements.
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Motoman Robotics: Robotic integration brochure

Alvey Systems (St. Louis, MO) has published a brochure highlighting the expansion of its robotic palletizing integration capabilities to include Motoman’s articulating arm robot.
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Autoprod Inc: Redesigned filler/closer

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) redesigned the RO-A7 rotary filler and closer to include a servo-driven, microprocessor-controlled filler and touchscreen interface.
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Hot melt units

Thermojet II hot melt units from Valco Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) offer 3.5- to 180-kg tanks and 16 independently controlled heating zones. Set-up and adjustments are made via touch pad, and the units feature self-tuning microprocessor PID controllers and motor-driven gear pumps.
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Weber Packaging Solutions: Case handler

Weber’s (Arlington Heights, IL) carton handling system uses a grip belt drive to stabilize knocked-down corrugated boxes as large as 29.5”Wx29.4”Lx0.39”D during printing or labeling.
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Paragon Labeling Systems: Front/back labeler

Paragon’s (White Bear Lake, MN) modular label applicator simultaneously applies 2 different labels to opposite sides of products or cartons at speeds to 120 pieces/min.

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