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.
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.
Ameripak (Warrington, PA) has upgraded its Model 3500 horizontal wrapper by adding servo control for the fin wheel. This is said to improve precision in responding to package length and in orienting print registration on the wrap film.
Pneumatic Scale’s (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) TC Capper features a torque monitoring option, which is said to guarantee correct application torques and eliminate the possibility of leaking and overtightened caps.