Thiele/Frontier Products (Minneapolis, MN) has developed a patented new design for case packers that allows simplified magazine loading. Unlike most designs that are gravity-fed and require feeding from as much as 8' from the floor, this new design is fully mechanical and cam-actuated.
The Efficia 400 from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is an automated system that delivers bagged liquids or dry goods from f/f/s machines, counts and layers the bags as they're deposited into a set-up case and then discharges the case onto a central delivery conveyor leading to the case sealer.
Sonoco Engraph Label Group (Cold Spring, KY) has released a four-color brochure describing the company's capabilities in labeling for health care, pharmaceutical, consumer products, beverage, chemical and agricultural markets.
The Label-Aire Model 2138-Series D high-speed printer/applicator from Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) produces p-s labels ranging in size from 0.75" x 0.5" to 4.65" x 10" at a rate of 10"/sec.
Developed in response to demand for faster automatic case packing, the Direct Loader from SWF Dyna-Pak (Sanger, CA) packs flexible bags, trays and cartons into cases, with or without built-in dividers, at speeds to 200 bags/min.
The Omnivision D-1200 is an all-surface empty bottle inspector from Industrial Dynamics (Torrance, CA). Its dual-line inspection capabilities minimize downtime, bringing production speeds up to 1군 bottles/min, and eliminate the need to run two separate systems in tandem.
Matthews Intl.'s (Pittsburgh, PA) Jet-A-Mark® CIJ-6700 ink-jet printer prints small characters onto most packages. A removable hand terminal allows message programming and editing, while daily functions are controlled with a built-in interface.
General Packaging Equipment's (Houston, TX) line of automatic liquid vertical form/fill/seal machines can now produce bags with screw caps. Bags must be made of a heat-sealable material, and can be as large as 14" x 22".