Computer-controlled, the SMIFORM line of stretch blow molders from SMI (Bergamo, Italy) eliminates many of the mechanical and electrical connections that made traditional molders so complicated and expensive.
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A new inserter from Unique Solutions (Lake Zurich, IL) inserts coupons, liquid or dry-filled pouches, and a variety of 3D items made in a continuous, perforated, bandolier format up to 6" wide and 2" thick.
A horizontal tf/f/s machine from Multivac (Kansas City, MO) makes blisters and seals them with card or film in one process. The system forms blisters from rollstock and takes roll-fed film, paperboard, or a paper/poly structure, and uses it to make the blister backing.
Columbia/Okura’s (Vancouver, WA) OXPA-DIY software is a Windows-based graphical user interface that gives the user a simple way to create, edit, and download custom robotic palletizing pattern programs.
At this contract packager of personal care products, empty bottles in pucks from Advantage Puck move into the 12-head liquid filler from Masterfil. After filling, a three-head capper torques down caps, and then the containers exit the filler and move toward depucking.
Able to run 24/7, the PA/5000 LT inline print-and-apply system from Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) prints onto paper, film, or synthetic labels at speeds to 12”/sec and applies them at speeds to 110 products/min.
Bell-Mark Sales (Pine Brook, NJ) announces the US-4300 one-piece imprinter for vertical or horizontal f/f/s packaging machines. Designed for 125 high-quality prints/min, print size can be as small as 6 points and is designed for many colors and surfaces.
Shure-Glue’s (Cincinnati, OH) NC-10 hot melt unit is built for light-duty, low-volume adhesive applications. Simple to operate, the NC-10 is equipped with an electric, motor-driven gear pump suitable for hand gluing and product assembly.