The DuraPack stand-alone case erector/packing station from Durable Packaging (Countryside, IL) is designed to upgrade performance of many conventional case sealers by providing case erecting and a "hands-free" case packing station.
Veri-Code Systems' (Downers Grove, IL) Package Trak(TM) automatic carton identification and labeling system uses bar-code technology to identify cartons, prints and applies appropriate compliance shipping or packing list labels, and validates the labels.
Willett America's (Fort Worth, TX) 900 Z Series high-resolution ink-jet printhead integrates the ink and electronics systems into one unit. Designed for side-coding, it mounts onto conveyors where space is limited.
FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
Federal Packaging (Tuckahoe, NY) has introduced the K-Safe® easy-open can end. Suitable for powders or snack foods, the 4"-diameter end features an aluminum foil membrane with a ring-pull tab heat-sealed to a steel template.
Label-Aire's (Fullerton, CA) Model 2115 labeler can print and apply two sizes of p-s labels to CD jewel boxes at speeds to 100 products/min. The system uses a SATO 8450 thermal-transfer printer interfaced to the Model 2115ST stepper-driven microprocessor-controlled wipe-on labeler.
PMMI (Arlington, VA) has released updated and revised self-instructional packaging machinery training courses. These courses include: "Selection, Care and Use of Mechanics' Tools;" "Form-Fill-Sealing;" "Palletizing and Depalletizing;" and "Trouble-shooting Industrial Machinery."
The 5000 Series case coder from Markem (Keene, NH) is a large-character ink-jet system that prints high-resolution images and bar codes directly onto cases, eliminating the need for preprinted inventory or labels.