Ryson's (Newport News, VA) space-saving vertical spiral conveyor offers low-grade incline, bi-directional operation, and a variety of models to handle a wide range of load sizes, from products smaller than a matchbook to pieces as large as 3"W x 6'L.
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Vibrac Corp. (Amherst, NH) has added induction cap sealers to its family of production packaging equipment. These solid- state induction generators with self-containing cooling can operate at rates to 600 bottles/min.
O/K Intl.'s (Marlborough, MA) Saxon 5 bag sealer seals a variety of plastic bags in thicknesses up to 10 mils at speeds to 100'/min. Suitable for industrial applications in harsh environments as well as in the medical and food industries.
Operating at speeds to 30 cases/min, the Model 3000 robotic case packer from Schroeder (East Syracuse, NY) uses a linear pick-and-place device to transport light, unstable packages from the infeed conveyor to the section of the machine for pack pattern forming.
Clear imprints in a continuous-motion application are now possible with CodeRunner from Norwood Marking (Downers Grove, IL). Designed for easy mounting to form/fill/seal lines and overwrappers and labelers, the system produces nonsmearing imprints of lot numbers, pull dates, pricing and other information at up to 250 cycles/min at speeds to 1귔"/min.
PBI-Dansensor's (Mahwah, NJ) Pack Check detects leaks in modified atmosphere packaging. Packages are manually inserted into a pressurized chamber where CO2 presence is evaluated according to pre-programmed settings (as many as 10).
Designed to handle bags, flow-wrapped product, cartons and bottles, the CP-30 Series robotic packaging system from IASE (Branchburg, NJ) delivers top loading of product, motion flexibility and automatic placement of layer boards, leaflets and partitions.
The Box Wedge case erector from Manta Ray (Menomonee Falls, WI) assists the operator in setting up the case and holding it in place for loading. The steel wedge clamps easily onto packaging tables or directly to the taping machine.
APS' (New Freedom, PA) robotic palletizing systems are designed for maximum production in minimal floor space. Articulated arm robots can accommodate multiple case sizes within a workcell and can create mixed pallet loads if necessary.
The Allen-Bradley Optix(TM) machine vision system from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) runs the vision program independently of the PC's processor, allowing operation of other pro-grams running concurrently on the computer.
WrapBoard(TM) edge protectors from Laminations (Neenah, WI) are completely overwrapped with a layer of laminated paper for a more pleasing look. A water-resistant model protects pallet loads of products that are stored or shipped in damp or humid climates.