General Conveyor’s (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) Gencon Series 30 palletizer has its layer-forming plate and plate stripper mechanism cantilevered off a single column so that the machine’s footprint can be kept to a minimum.
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The PG24D hot melt adhesive pattern generator from Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is a solid-state, microprocessor-based unit. It enables the programming of adhesive application in time increments ranging from 0.001 to 9.999 sec or in length increments from 0.01” to 99½”.
Ez-Tek Industries’ (Deer Park, NY) Easy-Taper® Top & Bottom case taper applies 2”- or 3”-wide tape to tall, unstable boxes. It incorporates a single-motor drive system that is said to save energy and simplify operation of the machine.
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.