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.
Manufacturer CMS Gilbreth (Bensalem, PA) says installing new timing screws on the TRA line of TE banding equipment can increase throughput by 25%. CMS' tests indicate that 50 to 100 more containers/min can be banded when the new plastic screws are added, depending on lid or cap size.
Labeling Systems' (Oakland, NJ) new CD/cassette labeler applies p-s labels to CD jewel boxes or cassette cases at speeds to 100/min. It incorporates an air cylinder tamp-type applicator for positive control.
Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) has introduced a square-bottom, pinch-top bag for packaging powders and other dry materials such as foods, pharmaceuticals and chemicals requiring a sanitary primary container.
From AB Lorentzen & Wettre (Kista, Sweden) comes the L & W Handbook to provide tips on simple ways to reduce the costs of paper-making. Suggestions include on-line strength testing and monitoring the condition of felts to reduce unplanned stoppages.
Optima Control Systems (Atlanta, GA) has introduced the Checkweigher EC-S. This high-performance system can accomplish up to 200 weighments/min. Weighments can range up to 60 kg (132 lb) with an accuracy of 25 mg and up.