FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
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WeighPack Systems' (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) low-level feeder for fragile products uses a low-level design to minimize damage to products such as snack foods, crackers, cookies, certain cereals, electronic components, solid pet foods and candles.
Label-Aire's (Fullerton, CA) Model 2115 labeler can print and apply two sizes of p-s labels to CD jewel boxes at speeds to 100 products/min. The system uses a SATO 8450 thermal-transfer printer interfaced to the Model 2115ST stepper-driven microprocessor-controlled wipe-on labeler.
PMMI (Arlington, VA) has released updated and revised self-instructional packaging machinery training courses. These courses include: "Selection, Care and Use of Mechanics' Tools;" "Form-Fill-Sealing;" "Palletizing and Depalletizing;" and "Trouble-shooting Industrial Machinery."
The 5000 Series case coder from Markem (Keene, NH) is a large-character ink-jet system that prints high-resolution images and bar codes directly onto cases, eliminating the need for preprinted inventory or labels.
"Eight Supply Problems When Using Label Printer Applicators" from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) details the types of label and ribbon issues that may be encountered when using label printer applicators.
Stork BP&L's (Gainesville, GA) new gantry robot is a versatile system that combines depalletizing, palletizing and pallet handling, eliminating the need to buy separate destacking and transporting machinery.
EG&G Astrophysics (Long Beach, CA) has introduced UltraScan 40, a food x-ray inspection system designed especially for the detection of bone or contaminants in raw or cooked meat or poultry, including formed chicken patties and nuggets.
The Autoprint® system from AT Information Systems (Mahwah, NJ) offers a unique combination of ink-jet and thermal-transfer printing. It transports, prints, bar codes and counts cartons for a range of products at speeds to 100 cartons/min.