A 12-page booklet titled "Control Solutions for Packaging" is available from AVG Industrial Automation (Carol Stream, IL). It describes in detail how programmable limit switches (PLSs) can increase packaging productivity for case and tray packers, bottle fillers, cartoners, vertical and horizontal form/fill/seal machines and wrappers.
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New tangential-infeed rotary capper from U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has 24 heads for speeds to 700 bpm. Accepts containers at the capping head from the infeed screw for immediate cap application to eliminate brim spilling.
A new vertical cartoner with slat counter and high-speed wrapper is available from TMC (Elk Grove Village, IL). The continuous-motion system is designed for packaging confectionery, pharmaceutical, and other free-flowing, count-fill products into cartons or containers.
Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery's (Sturtevant, WI) PCIS system inspects closed cartons for defects, wrong counts and partial or rotated items. Uses a patented capacitive scanning method, with no X-rays, to electronically analyze product as it passes through a scanning head.
The Flex Print Flexographic web printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) prints on material from all hf/f/s machines. Patented geared "S" wrap drive requires no direct mechanical connection to operate the printer.
A 180° power belt with 0" inside radius is now available from Jan Tec (Traverse City, MI). Addition of a quick release feature to this product reduces changeover time and eases inspection and cleaning.
The Blazer FlexScan laser coder from Lasertechnics (Albuquerque, NM) can code PET, inked paper, glass, plastic, coated metal and film. The system can be interfaced with an existing computer for downloading required codes.