The Black Box from UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) is a flat-bottom bag air expelling and bag shaping unit for flat-bottom bags. It creates brick-type bags by eliminating air in gabletop bags and folding and taping the top fin for a brick-type appearance.
As an alternative to standard pressure combining, Ambec (Owing Mills, MD) offers pressureless combiners to provide stability to containers during the single filing process of both round and nonround containers.
Model SHA-400 single-head auger filler from All-Fill (Exton, PA) can handle most types of containers, ranging from 1" to 7"in dia. It incorporates a Cerebus III computer controller, which allows the operator to set and main-tain target weights, minmizing overfills.
Labeling Systems (Mahwah, NJ) will show its new Model 1600 front, back and wraparound labeling system. It's equipped with a positioner/spacer feature that allows usage with most product shapes, without the use of change parts, at speeds to 145 cycles/min.
Midwest Industrial Packaging (Winnetka, IL) has developed a seal-less tool that tensions, cuts and seals steel strapping. Innovative, says the company, is that Model MIP-4700 can be adjusted when fitted with the company's strap guide.
CMS Gilbreth (Trevose, PA) has introduced a new digital imaging service geared for short runs or prototypes. The process eliminates conventional negatives and printing plates or screened art preparation and instead uses electronic prepress and digital technologies to create images in multiple colors, or four-color process illustrations on a variety of substrates.
Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) has introduced its new wide-web 96 Series thermal/thermal-transfer label printer. It produces high-density bar codes, text and graphics on p-s labels and tags up to 8.8" W.