Designed to load stand-up pouches, the VPL-500 from Fallas Automation (Waco, TX) is robotically controlled and air bladders can grip any number of pouches, placing them securely into display trays or cases.
Capmatic (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has created a brochure describing the RoadRunner, a continuous-motion rotary capping and plugging machine designed for accurate high speed capping or plugging of plastic, glass or metal bottles.
Using radial blowers, Krones’ (Franklin, WI) new air conveyor transports plastic bottles by aiming air underneath the neck rings. The process decreases abrasive friction without blowing air directly into bottles’ mouths.
A-B-C’s (Tarpon Springs, FL) Model 800 case packer is now offered with an optional automatic partition inserter. To increase case-stacking strength, using single- or double-walled partitions between layers of product is an alternative to buying heavier cases.
At widths of 83.8 mm, the Series 4000 side-flexing chains from Intralox (Harahan, LA) convey difficult-to-handle containers with increased stability through turns on either closed or open deck surfaces.
Cartoning 100 pouches/min and up to 17 pouches/carton, the Model 550 top-load cartoner from Dimension Industries (Maple Grove, MN) features robotic pick-and-place mechanisms that collate pouches and form them into patterns before loading.
The Bergami AS120 horizontal cartoner from ESS (Bangor, PA) moves cartons with nonabrasive belts that will not damage carton finishes. Cartoning bottles and vials at speeds to 120 cartons/min, the machine’s balcony design reduces or eliminates the risk of anything falling into the machinery.
Auto Labe (Fort Pierce, FL) introduces equipment that combines its Model 390 conveyor and its Model 150 thermal transfer/thermal printer applicator. The system prints small labels at 203 or 305 dpi, then applies them to round vials or ampules at speeds to 100 containers/min.
The robotic five-axis Flexcell™ from Dynax (Sarasota, FL) loads, unloads and assembles delicately finished packaging components. including bottles, closures or other small pieces that have easily marred finishes.