PMMI (Arlington, VA) has released updated and revised self-instructional packaging machinery training courses. These courses include: "Selection, Care and Use of Mechanics' Tools;" "Form-Fill-Sealing;" "Palletizing and Depalletizing;" and "Trouble-shooting Industrial Machinery."
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The 5000 Series case coder from Markem (Keene, NH) is a large-character ink-jet system that prints high-resolution images and bar codes directly onto cases, eliminating the need for preprinted inventory or labels.
"Eight Supply Problems When Using Label Printer Applicators" from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) details the types of label and ribbon issues that may be encountered when using label printer applicators.
Stork BP&L's (Gainesville, GA) new gantry robot is a versatile system that combines depalletizing, palletizing and pallet handling, eliminating the need to buy separate destacking and transporting machinery.
EG&G Astrophysics (Long Beach, CA) has introduced UltraScan 40, a food x-ray inspection system designed especially for the detection of bone or contaminants in raw or cooked meat or poultry, including formed chicken patties and nuggets.
The Autoprint® system from AT Information Systems (Mahwah, NJ) offers a unique combination of ink-jet and thermal-transfer printing. It transports, prints, bar codes and counts cartons for a range of products at speeds to 100 cartons/min.
From Bergen Computer (Ramsey, NJ) comes Label Wizard, a new "print only" labeling software utility designed to help manufacturers, warehouse operators and distributors produce labels, tickets and tags.
Palletizing up to 4ꯠ cans/min, manufacturer Busse (Randolph, WI) is calling The Viper 4004 the fastest can palletizer in the world. It uses the air-assisted Pattern Rite(TM) bed system, which combines air-jet technology with multiple infeed belts to lift and guide containers through lanes and into position for palletizing.
TapTone (N. Falmouth, MA) has introduced a new single-lane conveyor-mounted bridge assembly for use with its defect detection systems. Provides precision height adjustment of the leak detection transducer with a fine adjustment crank assembly and digital height indicator.
Graseby Goring Kerr (Amherst, NY) has developed DSPNet software, which identifies metal contaminants. By using an off-line Goring Kerr metal detector connected to the software, the material and the equivalent sphere size of tramp metal can now be identified.