Quantum Creations (Emeryville, CA) has developed the Auto Pour System(TM). This PP fitment measures and dispenses granular goods. To keep contents fresh until next use, simply close the Auto Pour spout.
Squid Ink (Spring Lake Park, MN) has introduced a hi-res ink compatible with the glycol-based formulation used in ink-jet printers manufactured by a variety of major suppliers that use the Trident print engine.
For manufacturers seeking low-to- moderate line speeds, Bradman-Lake (Charlotte, NC) is introducing the Model SL45 end-load cartoner. Provides automatic cartoning at speeds to 60 cpm with rotary carton feed and barrel loading.
Trident Intl., Inc. (Brookfield, CT) has introduced ScanTrue(TM) Ink. The proprietary formulation for this ink offers good optical density, minimizes ink bleed on porous surfaces and provides good IR readability and scanning read rates.
The CP 822 from Central Products (Menasha, WI) applies p-s tape to a case's four outer edges to discourage stealing and improve case integrity. Running at a top speed of 6 cpm, the machine's automatic height and width sensors make it able to handle various box sizes.
From Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) comes WinPorter software for its Jet-A-Mark DOD 2002 or DOD 2002+ ink-jet printers, which simplifies entry of data and commands through the use of an existing Windows(TM)-based PC.
As a feature on its MetalScout IIe metal detector, Ramsey (Minneapolis, MN) has added the AuditCheck automatic performance verification system. Fully automatic, the system tests product on a preprogrammed basis and reports to the operator if any deviation from the original sample level is detected.
Superior Packaging's (Carlstadt, NJ) Guardian accumulator optimizes line efficiency by compensating for both upstream and downstream stoppages. During downstream stoppages, product is stored in the high-capacity carrier system.
The Thiele (Minneapolis, MN) Omnistar(TM) automatic bagging system accommodates multi-wall paper and plastic bags at speeds to 20/min. Offers automatic bag pick-up and discharge of unopened or improperly sized bags.
To complement the company's Models 2040 and 820 f/f/s machines, Hamer (Minneapolis, MN) now offers a retro-fit gusseter kit for bag bottoms. Compared to non-gusseted styles, gusseted bags are said to lie flatter, facilitating stacking and palletizing.