An automatic non-contact container measuring system, the Container Dimensional Gauge from AGR (Butler, PA), uses a high-resolution camera and back lighting to measure the size and shape of containers as large as 9"Wx12"H.
The Smart Date 2 by Markem (Keene, NH) enables manufacturers to slash their print ribbon costs, according to the maker. The Radial Ribbon Save function allows full use of the ribbon width in high-speed continuous applications.
Douglas Machine (Alexandria, MN) has introduced a new wraparound case packer for 1- to 2-gal water bottles. Reaching speeds to 55 cases/min at three bottles per case, the machine has a product metering system that accomplishes product metering changes through the use of a selector switch.
Greydon's (York, PA) Sprint S-842 thermal-transfer printer for pharmaceutical and medical packaging is detailed in a new information sheet. Color photos accompany the description of the machine's features and benefits.
A-B-C's (Tarpon Springs, FL) Pro Forma 550 continuous-motion case erector and bottom sealer has been enhanced to achieve speeds to 60 cases/min. A-B-C's machine control is a PLC with an encoder that uses closed-loop position feedback to ensure precise sychronization of all the components.
The Super Air Knife from Exair (Cincinnati, OH) cleans, dries or cools parts, webs or conveyors at a sound level of 70 db--considerably quieter than standard blow-off units, according to the manufacturer.
L-GAGE(TM) laser gauging systems are used in applications including the measurement of dia or thickness. From Banner Eng. (Minneapolis, MN), the non-contacting sensors offer maximum resolution of 10 microns (0.01 mm).
Yupo Corp. (Chesapeake, VA) has introduced Yupo® synthetic paper for in-mold labeling applications. Preprinted PP substrate can be inserted into molds prior to blow-molding bottles to create a "no-label" look.