High-speed, on-line, automatic label inspection systems from Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) check for accurate placement and defects on in-mold, heat-transfer, roll-fed or die-cut labels measuring up to 101/2" H.
Sonoco Engraph Label Group (Cold Spring, KY) now offers blow molders in-mold labels with good abrasion-resistance and graphics. Unlike most printers, says the company, Sonoco Engraph can handle short runs with labels 1 to 1.5 mils thick using conventional plates.
BST Pro Mark (Elmhurst, IL) offers Front-To-Back Registration Monitoring, a new software option on its Pro Scan Eagle video inspection system. Allows press operators to view both sides of the same repeat job on the fly, with a side-by-side comparison on the monitor.
ELF Machines (LaPorte, IN) releases a new color brochure that describes the company's services and its line of packaging equipment. Included is a description of its fillers, cappers, labelers, conveyors, turntables, rinsers, and other specialty machinery.
High-speed additions have been made to the Powervision® family of machine vision products from Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH). Powervision 900 and 920 use a proprietary technology called Power Pipeline Board, which allows one image to be processed as another is being acquired.
RBU/RBS reheat machines for stretch/blow molding of PET and PP containers are available from Bekum (Williamston, MI). RBU 225 and 445 use technology that stretch/blow molds preforms into clear, glass-like containers for juice, water and milk products.
SASIB Packaging's (Skokie, IL) Weighstar(TM) combination net weigher offers up to 110 weighments/min. This computerized weigher includes a unique built-in infeed conveyor with adjustable height above the dispersion cone for gentle product distribution to feed trays.