PMMI (Arlington, VA) has released updated and revised self-instructional packaging machinery training courses. These courses include: "Selection, Care and Use of Mechanics' Tools;" "Form-Fill-Sealing;" "Palletizing and Depalletizing;" and "Trouble-shooting Industrial Machinery."
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The 5000 Series case coder from Markem (Keene, NH) is a large-character ink-jet system that prints high-resolution images and bar codes directly onto cases, eliminating the need for preprinted inventory or labels.
"Eight Supply Problems When Using Label Printer Applicators" from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) details the types of label and ribbon issues that may be encountered when using label printer applicators.
Stork BP&L's (Gainesville, GA) new gantry robot is a versatile system that combines depalletizing, palletizing and pallet handling, eliminating the need to buy separate destacking and transporting machinery.
EG&G Astrophysics (Long Beach, CA) has introduced UltraScan 40, a food x-ray inspection system designed especially for the detection of bone or contaminants in raw or cooked meat or poultry, including formed chicken patties and nuggets.
The Autoprint® system from AT Information Systems (Mahwah, NJ) offers a unique combination of ink-jet and thermal-transfer printing. It transports, prints, bar codes and counts cartons for a range of products at speeds to 100 cartons/min.
Fogg Fillers' (Holland, MI) Quick-Change Valve is designed to solve labor-intensive removal and cleaning of valves in gravity liquid fillers. The patent-pending system uses external clips that easily disconnect from outside of the bowl, eliminating the need to reach inside the filler bowl and re-sanitize it.
Foilmark (Newburyport, MA) announces a new holographic and diffractive hot-stamp foil. It has a broad temperature-release range. That allows for application flexibility and is said to be less demanding on converting equipment.
A six-page, four-color brochure from QuickLabel Systems (West Warwick, RI) describes the company's new digital color label printers. Close-up photos of labels produced on the QLS Series of printers are included.
A single-piece, blow-molded HDPE container is available from Southcorp Packaging (Atlanta, GA). The 10-L "tight-head" container has a recessed molded-in pinch handle and bottom sump for pump dispensing and is designed for use without an overpack.