Recommended for use in the chemical, agricultural and food processing industries, the Grip-Pal palletizer from Newtec (Tampa, FL) uses a robotic arm with proprietary gripper tooling to lift and place bags squarely and flatly on pallets in preset patterns.
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A new screw capper from Resina (Brooklyn, NY), the NRK-400, applies lug or screw caps using steam injection to create vacuum seals. Especially suitable for caps larger than 53 mm in dia, the machine operates at speeds to 300 bottles/min.
The stepper-driven Sirius from Harland (Delran, NJ) applies preprinted rollstock labels to a variety of products. Available as an in-line or stand-alone unit, the labeler offers memory for 100 products and accommodates a 400-mm (15.76”) label roll.
A modified atmosphere tray packer, the Inpack S45™ from Ross (Midland, VA) creates hermetically sealed packages using preformed barrier trays and lidding film and an enclosed evacuation and gas-flushing chamber.
Wet-Bottle Black ink from Willett (Fort Worth, TX) is designed to adhere to glass bottles wet from condensation or washing. The ink is resistant to abrasion and and even to spillage of some distilled products.
Kwik-Change stars and guides from Change Parts (Ludington, MI) fit over quarter-turn locking hubs, which remain fixed to the machine. A simple quarter turn is all that is needed to release and replace each Kwik-Change star and centerguide with no tools.
MAP Systems (Des Plaines, IL) introduces a modified atmosphere “interface” system that uses a patented Dual Laminar Flow™ and Gas Laser™ technology, rather than vacuum, to remove oxygen and replace it with another gas, usually nitrogen.