Machinery

Unilever's revamped overcap sortation and orientation system smooths out what had been a jam-laden setup.
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Unilever overcomes overcapping obstacles

Unilever’s overcap sorter/orienter/feeder for aerosol hairsprays lifts production rates by 22% and eliminates constant jams.
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ID Technology: Label printer/applicator

The Model 250 label print-and-apply system from ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX) prints bar codes, text and graphics at 300 dpi at speeds to 12”/sec.
Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
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Fogg Filler Co.: Vertical cap sorter

The VSE-18 vertical cap sorting elevator from Fogg (Holland, MI) uses cleats on the conveyor chain to pick up 28-, 38- or 43-mm flat caps and push-pull closures at speeds to 600 caps/min.
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion (sidebar)

Tech talk
RxPak: Semi-automatic case erector
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RxPak: Semi-automatic case erector

On this prescription drug repackaging line, shrink-bundled containers are conveyed down a roller conveyor to a semi-automatic top-and-bottom taper from Belcor (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada).
On board the 14-station rotary filler/sealer (above), the upgraded sensor reads the registration mark (left) to orient the tube
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'Enlightened' registration slashes tube scrap

A move to an upgraded vision sensor for tube registration helps filling at Access Business Group stay out of the dark. Literally.
RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper
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RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper

On this prescription drug repackaging line, the Swiftlift, supplied by Swiftpack Automation, another DT Industries division, is a bucket mounted on a vertical shaft.
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Gebo Industries: Dual-belt cap sorter

The newest Aidlin cap-orienting feeder from Gebo (Bradenton, FL) has 2 orienting elevator belts, which allow operators to switch between sorting flat caps and push-pull closures virtually at the touch of a button.
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Teledyne TapTone: On-line inspection system

Use of x-ray technology in TapTone’s (North Falmouth, MA) RayTrak II, an on-line inspection system, is said to provide user with precise fill-level monitoring in bottles, cans and jars.
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Hoppmann Corp.: Rotary labeler

The 6-station rotary labeler from Hoppmann (Haymarket, VA) applies full-wrap labels, front and back labels or single labels to bottles. Two Hoppmann V1 stepper-driven label heads help the machine run at speeds to 200 containers/min.
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Hapman Conveyors: Flexible screw conveyor

With only 1 moving part on Hapman Conveyors’ (Kalamazoo, MI) Helix™ flexible screw conveyor, product changeover takes less than 5 min. Auger is exposed by removing the bottom end cap.
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Arrowhead Systems LLC: Rollerless conveyor for beverages

The ArrowTrak™ RCC conveyor from Arrowhead (Oshkosh, WI) is a flat-top, rollerless conveyor designed to transport multipacks of beverage containers at speeds to 250’/min.
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Hooper Engineering: Hf/f/s machine

Product changeover on the N2500S hf/f/s machine from Hooper (Sarasota, FL) takes 10 minutes or less with 1 or 2 technicians. The machine operates at speeds to 20 cycles/min.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case packer for snack bags

Shrink-wrapped multipacks of single-serving bags of snacks are cased for shipping by A-B-C’s (Tarpon Springs, FL) snack packer at speeds to 15 cases/min.

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