The patented collation method on Paal's (Remshalden, Germany) Elematic® P 4000 case packer accumulates pouches by collecting them from the conveyor in a vertical position, held upright by two plates on either end of the row of pouches.
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Bosch-TL Systems (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced the FWR 4080 liquid filling machine for the pharmaceutical industry. The company claims it's the only liquid filler with a range of 1 mL to 500 mL at speeds to 600 vials/min.
CNC Containers (Tumwater, WA) has introduced 13/4-L and 1-L liquor bottles injection/stretchblow molded of PET. CNC uses a 33-mm Kerr and a 28-mm SP400 neck finish on the 13/4-L and 1-L bottles respectively.
MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) has released a booklet addressing the food industry and the MGS packaging equipment used for many food applications. Machinery is divided into cartoning/case packing and feeding categories.
The Babypack SL is the smallest in the Dibipack Inc. (Ridgefield Park, NJ) family of shrink-wrap machines. Manufactured by Italdibipack S.p.A. in Italy, the system can shrink-wrap packages up to 131/2"x91/2"x4".
Progressive Plastics (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a family of straight-sided oval bottles. The line includes 4-, 6-, 8-, 10- and 16-oz sizes with neck finishes that range from standard 24-415 to high-profile 20-, 24- and 28-mm finishes.
A new line from Triangle (Chicago, IL) blends and weighs up to 8 items for packaging. Operating at speeds to 90 packages/min, each of 4 vibratory Selectacom computer scales weighs 2 products, then the scales simultaneously discharge product to a bagger or cartoner in specified fill weights.
The FastStuff(TM) Paper Packaging System from FastTrack Systems (Horsham, PA) automatically feeds, crumples and cuts recycled kraft paper to use as void fill and/or cushioning to protect products during shipment.
Capmatic (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has released an 8-page color brochure detailing its Model Intrepid FS-62 Monoblock, developed to fill and insert rubber stoppers into vials intended for sterile products.
The Series 300 conveyor from Wire Belt (Londonderry, NH) turns 90° angles with a 16" inside turning radius. In widths from 10" to 50", the belt's mesh construction offers a number of benefits: Debris falls through for easy clean-up; conveyed product is easily inspected by sight; and the conveyor is easily accessible for washing and quick draining.