The IRB 640 FlexPalletizer® from ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI) is a standardized automatic pallet handling, loading and unloading system that accepts a 352-lb payload and operates at up to 20 cycles/min.
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The Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) Model FCC3-12H filling and capping system is now equipped with a checkweighing system. Designed for use in pharmaceutical, biological and diagnostic applications, this system reaches speeds to 35 vials/min, or 60/min without checkweighing.
The Vertek from WeighPack Systems/Paxiom (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a vertical form/fill/seal system designed to package products weighing up to 25 lb into bags at speeds up to 60/min, depending on product.
U.S. Bottlers Machinery (Charlotte, NC) has introduced a 14"-pitch-dia rotary capper. Designed for smaller containers such as those used in pharmaceutical, food and chemical applications, it can reach speeds to 250 bottles/min.
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.