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Case sealers

The semiautomatic STA-52 Line case sealer from STA (Garden Grove, CA) can top- and bottom-seal any case up to 20.47” W, 23.5” H and any length.
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The vf/f/s machine discharges four filled and sealed packs at a time (above). The equipment heat-seals a strip of unprinted film
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield

Stonyfield Farm is so confident about the potential sales of its Yo Squeeze organic yogurt for kids that it’s purchased a second vf/f/s machine. Each machine produces 200 tubes/min, with an unusual ‘butt seal.’
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Omega Design Corp.: Bottle unscramblers

Omega Design (Exton, PA) has released a 4-color catalog sheet on the Omega Bauman “ACO” bottle unscramblers. Machines offer automatic changeover and eliminate the need for change parts.
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Air Technical Industries: Wrapper/weigher

After wrapping a pallet load weighing up to 4ꯠ lb, Air Technical’s (Mentor, OH) LPEZ stretch wrapper provides a digital readout of the total weight, avoiding an additional move to a scale.
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield (sidebar)

Cartoner delivers downstream
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Monarch Marking Systems: Promotional labeler

Model 1138 promotional labeler from Monarch Marking (Miamisburg, OH) prints large 8-mm-high characters, features 5 print character positions and has versatile pricing formats as well as bold, vibrant label designs.
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Unique Solutions: Servo-driven inserter

The US301 ProMaster Elite from Unique Solutions® (Lake Zurich, IL) is a servo-driven inserter. It takes 2-D or 3-D items from a continuous, perforated bandolier format and places them into cartons, bags or other packages.
The redesigned Tums package (left) features a snap-on/twist-off cap and an oval-shaped neck finish that is induction-sealed on a
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Tums packages sealed with a twist

SmithKline Beecham breaks new ground with an oval-shaped, induction-sealed foil membrane beneath a twist-off cap. Benefits include reduced downtime and less scrap.
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Capmatic Ltd.: Tabletop monoblocks

Capmatic’s (Montreal North, Quebec, Canada) Bambino FS Monoblocks are designed to package vials with either sterile or nonsterile products. Production speeds vary from 15 to 50 bpm, depending on the size of the vial and functions required.
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Vf/f/s system

The Infinity 1016 vf/f/s machine from SIG Pack Eagle (Oakland, CA) produces pillow, gusseted and flat-bottom packages with optional holes, tear notches and easy-peel seals.
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High-slip film improves operations

It’s been nearly seven years since Fritz-Pak Corp. began using water-soluble film for its bags of powdered concrete retarder. Concrete truck operators toss the bags into the mixer to keep the concrete from setting too fast.
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Clements Industries, Inc: Safety shield

The ergonomic Tach-It® Safety Shield from Clements Industries (South Hackensack, NJ) is designed for use with carton sealers and industrial tape dispensers.
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Columbia Machine: Palletizing book

Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) has published The Science of Palletizing, a free 64-page book covering basic and advanced palletizing. Includes information on the latest technologies of robotic palletizing, labels-out stacking and double stacking.
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Ilapak, Inc: Fin-seal wrapper

The Carrera 1000 PC fin-seal wrapper from Ilapak (Newtown, PA) seals packages as large as 10”Wx5”Hx20”L at speeds to 200 packs/min. Starting at $54꽤, the PC-controlled machine can be built with a label applicator, code dater, gusseting mechanism, hole puncher and more.
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Associated Bag Co.: Shrink wrap system

Associated Bag’s (Milwaukee, WI) shrink wrap system features an impulse heat sealer with ready-temp sealing filament and a variable-temperature heat gun.

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