Douglas Machine (Alexandria, MN) has introduced a new wraparound case packer for 1- to 2-gal water bottles. Reaching speeds to 55 cases/min at three bottles per case, the machine has a product metering system that accomplishes product metering changes through the use of a selector switch.
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A-B-C's (Tarpon Springs, FL) Pro Forma 550 continuous-motion case erector and bottom sealer has been enhanced to achieve speeds to 60 cases/min. A-B-C's machine control is a PLC with an encoder that uses closed-loop position feedback to ensure precise sychronization of all the components.
The Super Air Knife from Exair (Cincinnati, OH) cleans, dries or cools parts, webs or conveyors at a sound level of 70 db--considerably quieter than standard blow-off units, according to the manufacturer.
L-GAGE(TM) laser gauging systems are used in applications including the measurement of dia or thickness. From Banner Eng. (Minneapolis, MN), the non-contacting sensors offer maximum resolution of 10 microns (0.01 mm).
Yupo Corp. (Chesapeake, VA) has introduced Yupo® synthetic paper for in-mold labeling applications. Preprinted PP substrate can be inserted into molds prior to blow-molding bottles to create a "no-label" look.
The Model CH-1 Semi-Automatic Cartoner from Elliott Manufacturing (Fresno, CA) operates at speeds to 80 cartons/min. Accepts cartons in lengths from 1" to 10", widths from 1/2" to 4" and depths from 51/2" to 12".
The W.S. Easy Print from Chris Craft (Gary, IN) prints MonoSol® film in a single color during vf/f/s packaging. A flexographic printer able to be retrofitted to existing vf/f/s machines, the unit pays for itself after 4ꯠ lb of water-soluble film is printed, according to manufacturer.