Whallon's (Royal Center, IN) automatic continuous-flow depalletizer moves cans to conveyors at speeds of more than 8 layers/min. Instead of the magnet head lowering to the pallet, the pallet load is lifted to a rubber belt conveyor that covers the magnet head.
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Key Technology (Walla Walla, WA) offers Forte, a new control for its shakers and distribution systems for food processors. Forte is said to eliminate the need to contract with a third-party controls integrator to tie Key equipment into a control system.
The fully automatic Labelstar System 2/2T from Capmatic (Montreal North, Quebec, Canada) has 2 labeling heads so it can simultaneously apply front and back p-s labels to square, rectangular, oval or flat products.
Loma (Carol Stream, IL) has added to its range of checkweighers with its AS1200 unit. Designed for use in weighing packs of dry foods such as cereals, sugar and spices, the unit weighs 187 packs/min with accuracy of ±0.2 g.
CNC Containers (Tumwater, WA) has introduced 13/4-L and 1-L liquor bottles injection/stretchblow molded of PET. CNC uses a 33-mm Kerr and a 28-mm SP400 neck finish on the 13/4-L and 1-L bottles respectively.
MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) has released a booklet addressing the food industry and the MGS packaging equipment used for many food applications. Machinery is divided into cartoning/case packing and feeding categories.
The Babypack SL is the smallest in the Dibipack Inc. (Ridgefield Park, NJ) family of shrink-wrap machines. Manufactured by Italdibipack S.p.A. in Italy, the system can shrink-wrap packages up to 131/2"x91/2"x4".
Progressive Plastics (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a family of straight-sided oval bottles. The line includes 4-, 6-, 8-, 10- and 16-oz sizes with neck finishes that range from standard 24-415 to high-profile 20-, 24- and 28-mm finishes.
A new line from Triangle (Chicago, IL) blends and weighs up to 8 items for packaging. Operating at speeds to 90 packages/min, each of 4 vibratory Selectacom computer scales weighs 2 products, then the scales simultaneously discharge product to a bagger or cartoner in specified fill weights.
The FastStuff(TM) Paper Packaging System from FastTrack Systems (Horsham, PA) automatically feeds, crumples and cuts recycled kraft paper to use as void fill and/or cushioning to protect products during shipment.