Designed for smaller operations with moderate speed requirements, the Linapac case packer/unpacker from Krones (Franklin, WI) takes minimal floor space to pack containers into a case, or remove them from a case, at speeds to 8 cycles/min.
Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) offers its Heat-Seal Evaluation/Characterization Technology for testing seal quality. This new non-destructive technology uses ultrasonic waves to characterize and evaluate heat-sealed layers, as well as determine the thickness and elasticity of heat-sealed joints.
Suited for dairy applications, the Cetra 1000 from Padlocker (Tamarac, FL) can be custom configured to meet the needs of a particular line. It's designed to accept bottles, cans, cartons or food trays and pack them into trays and wraparound cases at speeds to 30 cases/min, depending on application.
Information sheets from Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) detail the FCC line of automatic liquid filling and screw capping. The FCC line can fill and apply the screw cap in successive operations while the normally unstable container is controlled in the starwheel.
The Northfield Model 1600 is a continuous-feed inserter available from Promo Edge (Neenah, WI). It automatically bursts apart continuous-feed coupons or other inserts separated by perforations and feeds them into folding cartons or flexible packages at speeds to 600 pieces/min.
The Filamatic® Model VLD-300-CIP push-button liquid filler from National Instrument (Baltimore, MD) achieves production rates of up to 150 containers/min, with accuracies of ±1/2%, when using 10 fill stations.
Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) has introduced its Label-Aire® Model 2138-Series Z printer/applicator. It incorporates a high-resolution thermal/ thermal-transfer printer with an automatic label applicator to deliver p-s labels at speeds to 12"/sec, at either 203 or 300 dpi.
The Model 3300 turnkey product handling system from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) is a conveyor that orients, spaces and labels containers. Its patented design allows feedscrew pitches to be manually adjusted for different product shapes, without the use of tools.
Model I.V./700 is a new low-cost, single-line ink-jet printer from Diagraph (St. Louis, MO). It employs an adjustable printhead positioned independently of the controller for top, side, and bottom printing, as well as printing while conveying along an incline.
When used with specially designed equipment for in-line product labeling, Mono-Web® linerless labels from CCL Label (Itasca, IL) provide more efficient processing and lower total applied costs than conventional labels, says CCL.