Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) has introduced a square-bottom, pinch-top bag for packaging powders and other dry materials such as foods, pharmaceuticals and chemicals requiring a sanitary primary container.
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From AB Lorentzen & Wettre (Kista, Sweden) comes the L & W Handbook to provide tips on simple ways to reduce the costs of paper-making. Suggestions include on-line strength testing and monitoring the condition of felts to reduce unplanned stoppages.
Optima Control Systems (Atlanta, GA) has introduced the Checkweigher EC-S. This high-performance system can accomplish up to 200 weighments/min. Weighments can range up to 60 kg (132 lb) with an accuracy of 25 mg and up.
Elmark Packaging's (West Chester, PA) Mini-Pro 25 is an economical, portable label applicator that mounts easily to most packaging machinery. The Mini-Pro automatically applies p-s labels up to 21/2" W at speeds to 712"/min.
A new metal detector from Ramsey/Icore (Minneapolis, MN) inspects powder or granular products in gravity-fed operations. Designed for food and pharmaceutical applications, the MetalScout IIe VFS is specifically for vertical systems and is microprocessor-based.
B&H Labeling Systems' (Ceres, CA) 8000U labeler is designed for installations where floorspace won't allow an in-line labeler. The 180° turn of the synchronized conveyor results in a 20% smaller footprint and 10% faster speeds, says the company.
The IRB 640 FlexPalletizer® from ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI) is a standardized automatic pallet handling, loading and unloading system that accepts a 352-lb payload and operates at up to 20 cycles/min.
The Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) Model FCC3-12H filling and capping system is now equipped with a checkweighing system. Designed for use in pharmaceutical, biological and diagnostic applications, this system reaches speeds to 35 vials/min, or 60/min without checkweighing.
The Vertek from WeighPack Systems/Paxiom (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a vertical form/fill/seal system designed to package products weighing up to 25 lb into bags at speeds up to 60/min, depending on product.