Willett’s (Fort Worth, TX) 370 ink-jet coder can control up to 8 printheads to work in any combination on 2 production lines. A choice of printheads means the system can print 2 lines of low-resolution text at speeds to 400’/min on nonporous substrates or 4 lines of high-resolution text, logos and bar codes at up to 1ꯠ’/min on porous surfaces.
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A-B-C’s (Tarpon Springs, FL) Model 800 case packer is now offered with an optional automatic partition inserter. To increase case-stacking strength, using single- or double-walled partitions between layers of product is an alternative to buying heavier cases.
LSI’s (Oakland, NJ) Series 200 print-and-apply labeler operates at speeds to 180 labels/min running labels as large as 7.2”x14”. The thermal-transfer printer produces alphanumeric text, graphics and bar codes.
A variable-speed chain conveyor indexes containers under the fill head and on to the next station on All-Fill’s (Exton, PA) SHAA-400 auger filler. Containers up to 7”W and of varying heights are accommodated through adjustable guide rails and a jack that raises or lowers the 16-gal hopper.
Capmatic (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has created a brochure describing the RoadRunner, a continuous-motion rotary capping and plugging machine designed for accurate high speed capping or plugging of plastic, glass or metal bottles.
Designed to load stand-up pouches, the VPL-500 from Fallas Automation (Waco, TX) is robotically controlled and air bladders can grip any number of pouches, placing them securely into display trays or cases.
Using radial blowers, Krones’ (Franklin, WI) new air conveyor transports plastic bottles by aiming air underneath the neck rings. The process decreases abrasive friction without blowing air directly into bottles’ mouths.