Model AFTTP-.5 is a tabletop prefeeder by Automatic Feeder (Schaumburg, IL) designed to eliminate overhead loading by an operator. This elevating prefeeder is designed to meter small parts into vibratory or centrifugal feeders.
For use in can labeling applications, the OP231 label inspection station from Optel Technologies (St. Foy, Quebec, Canada) can be fitted to Ace-type mechanical can ejector systems to verify labels, bar codes and proper label placement.
Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) offers a four-page brochure on the Fuji-Formost FW-3400 Alpha III form/fill/seal system. Includes specifications for six models, as well as typical display screens and machine dimensional drawings.
Suited for food and beverage packagers who want to eliminate manual bottle unpacking and case packing, a two-in-one uncaser and case packer has been developed by A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL).
Cap application and beverage fill defects can be detected using the 51R41 vision system from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL). Unlike conventional systems that visually inspect with mechanical "squeeze methods," the 51R41 uses a PC-controlled video camera to check bottles for defects at a 4/1000" resolution.
Sato America (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the CL-412, a high-resolution, competitively priced thermal-transfer bar code printer. It employs a replaceable plug-in interface module, which allows users to change interface types without having to upgrade the printer.
Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH) has added touch-screen controls to its Auto Skin-Trim in-line skin-packaging machine. Designed for high-volume skin packaging using 18" x 24" master cards, it operates at speeds in excess of 10 cycles/min.
The CP-522 automatic uniform carton sealing machine from Central Products (Menasha, WI) can handle multiple lines of the same box at one time: speeds are determined by box length and speed of conveyor.