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Ink-jet printer

The 460si is a new high-performance small-character continuous ink-jet printer from Willett America (Ft. Worth, TX) that can print over 2ꯠ characters/sec, depending on character font.
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Roller conveyors

Polychain® belt-driven roller conveyors from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) use nylon sprockets in conjunction with synchronous belts to provide higher torque levels than round belts, says the company.
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Applicators & overcappers

Haumiller (Elgin, IL) now offers applicators and overcappers with quick changeover capabilities. Container handling and applicator change parts are now changed with hand knobs, reducing changeover time from 10 to five minutes, says the company.
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Print/apply labeling

A new print/apply labeling system from Avery Dennison, Soabar Products (Philadelphia, PA) prints and applies labels to fragile display packaging and to unusually shaped items.
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Case packer/unpacker

Designed for smaller operations with moderate speed requirements, the Linapac case packer/unpacker from Krones (Franklin, WI) takes minimal floor space to pack containers into a case, or remove them from a case, at speeds to 8 cycles/min.
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Heat-seal sensor

Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) offers its Heat-Seal Evaluation/Characterization Technology for testing seal quality. This new non-destructive technology uses ultrasonic waves to characterize and evaluate heat-sealed layers, as well as determine the thickness and elasticity of heat-sealed joints.
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Case/tray packer

Suited for dairy applications, the Cetra 1000 from Padlocker (Tamarac, FL) can be custom configured to meet the needs of a particular line. It's designed to accept bottles, cans, cartons or food trays and pack them into trays and wraparound cases at speeds to 30 cases/min, depending on application.
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Filling and screw capping

Information sheets from Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) detail the FCC line of automatic liquid filling and screw capping. The FCC line can fill and apply the screw cap in successive operations while the normally unstable container is controlled in the starwheel.
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Inserter

The Northfield Model 1600 is a continuous-feed inserter available from Promo Edge (Neenah, WI). It automatically bursts apart continuous-feed coupons or other inserts separated by perforations and feeds them into folding cartons or flexible packages at speeds to 600 pieces/min.
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Assembly line automation

"Assembly Conveyor Technical Manual" is a free, 88-page book from Industrial Conveyor (Memphis, TN) that highlights the Industraline® building block approach to assembly line automation.
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Robotic cartoner

Dimension Industries' (Maple Grove, MN) Model 625R Robotic Top Load Intermittent-Motion Cartoning System incorporates a complete product unscrambling, feeding, collating and orienting system for irregularly shaped cylindrical products.
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Combiner

Gebo (Laval, Quebec, Canada) has developed a patent-pending double-lane-pressureless combiner for bottles or cans. It constantly adjusts output lanes to accommodate variation of product flow.
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Case erector and sealer

The 9000 Series of automatic case erectors and sealers from Aantek (Beaver Dam, WI) is compact and portable. They can erect up to 15 cases/min, and can accommodate RSCs, HSCs and CSSCs.
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Print/apply system

Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) has introduced its Label-Aire® Model 2138-Series Z printer/applicator. It incorporates a high-resolution thermal/ thermal-transfer printer with an automatic label applicator to deliver p-s labels at speeds to 12"/sec, at either 203 or 300 dpi.
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Product handling system

The Model 3300 turnkey product handling system from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) is a conveyor that orients, spaces and labels containers. Its patented design allows feedscrew pitches to be manually adjusted for different product shapes, without the use of tools.

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