Quantum Creations (Emeryville, CA) has developed the Auto Pour System(TM). This PP fitment measures and dispenses granular goods. To keep contents fresh until next use, simply close the Auto Pour spout.
The W.S. Easy Print from Chris Craft (Gary, IN) prints MonoSol® film in a single color during vf/f/s packaging. A flexographic printer able to be retrofitted to existing vf/f/s machines, the unit pays for itself after 4ꯠ lb of water-soluble film is printed, according to manufacturer.
Imaging Technology(Bedford, MA) has released a white paper entitled "How to Select the Right Frame Grabber: Choosing Features and Functions." The paper describes what a frame grabber is and how it works as part of a machine vision system.
From Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) comes WinPorter software for its Jet-A-Mark DOD 2002 or DOD 2002+ ink-jet printers, which simplifies entry of data and commands through the use of an existing Windows(TM)-based PC.
As a feature on its MetalScout IIe metal detector, Ramsey (Minneapolis, MN) has added the AuditCheck automatic performance verification system. Fully automatic, the system tests product on a preprogrammed basis and reports to the operator if any deviation from the original sample level is detected.
Superior Packaging's (Carlstadt, NJ) Guardian accumulator optimizes line efficiency by compensating for both upstream and downstream stoppages. During downstream stoppages, product is stored in the high-capacity carrier system.
The Thiele (Minneapolis, MN) Omnistar(TM) automatic bagging system accommodates multi-wall paper and plastic bags at speeds to 20/min. Offers automatic bag pick-up and discharge of unopened or improperly sized bags.
To complement the company's Models 2040 and 820 f/f/s machines, Hamer (Minneapolis, MN) now offers a retro-fit gusseter kit for bag bottoms. Compared to non-gusseted styles, gusseted bags are said to lie flatter, facilitating stacking and palletizing.