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.
A cam-driven erector with vacuum cups prepares cases for filling on the 3000 Compack Automatic Case Packer (CACP) from Serpa (Visalia, CA). Operating at speeds to 10 cases/min, the machine seals cases with glue or tape and requires no tools for changeover.
The KES 2190 low-level palletizer from Kaufman (Waterville, OH) uses an encoder to track the position of the carriage lift. This information is communicated to the motor controller and then to the systems PLC, which uses the information to maintain consistent layer positioning.