Kwik-Change stars and guides from Change Parts (Ludington, MI) fit over quarter-turn locking hubs, which remain fixed to the machine. A simple quarter turn is all that is needed to release and replace each Kwik-Change star and centerguide with no tools.
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IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) has introduced PC-controlled cartoning machines that offer tool-less changeovers, positive carton erecting and a quick-change modular assembly for glue-to-tuck conversions.
Quick changeover is easily accomplished with the Model B88 case packer from MG America (Fairfield, NJ). Compact machine can pack bottles, tubes, soaps or cans into cases measuring 180x100x120 mm (7”x3.9”x4.7”) to 500x320x350 mm (19.7”x12.6”x13.8”).
Systronics’ (Norcross, GA) SPI-1000 in-line inspection system uses a camera and PC-based processor to detect package defects, verify absence or presence of product and confirm accurate label placement.
The 3M-Matic™ Print and Seal Applicator PS2000 from 3M (St. Paul, MN) combines sealing and labeling functions in one system. Uses a thermal printer to print custom text, logos, graphics and bar codes directly on PP sealing tape on boxes, eliminating the need for separate labels.
Top Tier’s (North Adams, MA) Tower model palletizer measures 36 sq’, while the End-of-Line model measures 60 sq’. Both models start at $50ꯠ, offer various configurations for infeed and outfeed, and have memory for 150 preprogrammed stacking patterns.
Operating on labels that have radio frequency identification (RFID) transponders embedded in them, Zebra’s (Vernon Hills, IL) R-140™ prints on the labels’ surface while simultaneously encoding the transponders.
The Pharmaceutical Div. of Kerr Group (Lancaster, PA) has introduced Tab II, a child-resistant package that includes a 1-piece injection-molded PP cap and a 1-piece injection/stretch blow-molded PP bottle.