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Ampak: F/f/s system

The A-1600 horizontal f/f/s system from Ampak (Anderson, SC) uses any type of shrink film to produce 50 to 80 packages/min. Standard sealing designs include static overlap or thermal bottom lap.
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A vision for low-cost inspection (sidebar)

A detailed look
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Krones, Inc: P-s labeler

Krones’ (Franklin, WI) Autocol V-2000 p-s labeler has a smaller footprint. The control panel is incorporated into the machine base. Available with 9, 12, 15 and 18 stations, it offers output from 100 to 600 bpm.
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Underwriters Laboratories Inc: Safety standards

Underwriters Laboratories (Northbrook, IL) has published the first edition of the “American National Standard for Meat and Poultry Plant Equipment.”Plant machinery tested includes thermal processing equipment, conveyors, grinders, mixers, slicers, scales, packaging equipment, hand tools and assorted equipment components.
The labeler uses two parallel conveyors (below). In this photo, an open, toothbrush-filled case enters the machine from the conv
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Radius applies labeler to Fisher-Price application

Unusual new labeler at Radius Corp. closes a plastic case around a Fisher-Price toothbrush, then applies a TE label that wraps around three sides of the case.
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Pressureless conveyor

The Accuzone™ conveyor from Alvey (St. Louis, MO) achieves zero back pressure through its zone design. Rollers are grouped into zones, each separately powered by 24-vDC motors.
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Intertape Polymer Group: Case erector

CE-12 Case Erector from Intertape Polymer (Bradenton, FL) folds all 4 bottom flaps pneumatically (no plowing). Spring-loaded, side-belt drives propel erected cases past the tape head.
At the first labeling station, a strip stamp label is applied over the top of the bottle (top). Small labels are used to show of
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Quintuplets!

New automated labeling system delivers five labels onto each glass bottle of Labrot & Graham’s premium bourbon whiskey, boosting output, reducing labor costs and improving placement accuracy.
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PPT Vision: Vision software

PPT Vision’s (Minneapolis, MN) Package Tool machine-vision software inspects and verifies entire packages, including seals, colors, graphics, text, label positions, overwrap and overall package integrity.
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Belcor Industries Inc: Pack station

Belcor’s (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) Ergo-Level semi-automatic case erector and pack station is said to enhance operator safety because of special height-adjustable legs.
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Quintuplets! (sidebar)

Simple but elegant materials
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Polypack Inc: Pick-and-place machine

Polypack’s (Pinellas Park, FL) ROKH machine picks up small cartons or bottles from conveyors and places them on PE or PVC film for shrink wrapping. Grippers are fully adjustable to varying carton sizes and shapes.
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Zero - Max: Couplings

ServoClass™ Couplings from Zero-Max (Minneapolis, MN) are designed for servo motor and precision motion control applications. Feature zero-backlash flexible metal discs and keyless clamp-type mounting hubs.
In the above drawing of Daiwa Can's ASIS line, two single-stage injection/stretch blow molding machines feed bottles through an
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Dueling technologies spell success

At Japan’s Daiwa Can, one aseptic PET line uses in-line mold/blow/fill. Right beside it, another line blows bottles and sterilizes them in a second operation just before filling.
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Label Systems: Print-and-apply labeler

Using a thermal-transfer printer, the Model 2800 print-and-apply labeler from Labeling Systems (Oakland, NJ) produces text and bar codes on p-s labels, then wraps them around case corners as it applies them.

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