Able to find glass, stone, bone, plastic, rubber or metal contaminants, the VXS inspection system from Thermo Ramsey (Minn- eapolis, MN) uses X-ray technology to inspect filled packages—rigid or metallic flexible—at line speeds to 200’/min.
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The Superformer from OK Intl. (Marlborough, MA) erects and tape-seals bottoms of RSC cases at speeds to 15 cases/min. On a standard machine, the case magazine is 40” L, and tape rolls can be up to 2” W and 13” dia.
To accommodate double-wall, corrugated skin-pack cards as large as 65”x120”, Visual Packaging (St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada) has introduced its CT-R Series skin packaging machines, which use heavy-gauge Surlyn® and PE films.
General Conveyor’s (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) Gencon Series 30 palletizer has its layer-forming plate and plate stripper mechanism cantilevered off a single column so that the machine’s footprint can be kept to a minimum.
The PG24D hot melt adhesive pattern generator from Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is a solid-state, microprocessor-based unit. It enables the programming of adhesive application in time increments ranging from 0.001 to 9.999 sec or in length increments from 0.01” to 99½”.
Ez-Tek Industries’ (Deer Park, NY) Easy-Taper® Top & Bottom case taper applies 2”- or 3”-wide tape to tall, unstable boxes. It incorporates a single-motor drive system that is said to save energy and simplify operation of the machine.
Standard-Knapp (Portland, CT) has introduced the Continuum 296I tray stacker. Two tiers of trays are created before trays enter the shrink wrapper, thereby doubling tray output for the same packs/min rate.