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.
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.
Motoman's (West Carrollton, OH) lightweight, low-cost SV3 robot can be used for small-parts handling and packaging applications. The articulated six-axis robot features a 3-kg (6.6-lb) payload capacity, a reach of 677 mm (26.6") and a repeatability rate of ±0.03 mm (±0.001").
Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) has introduced the Stacked Masterpack System, which takes products individually packaged in Autobags and places them in larger bags in groups of 25, 50 or 75.
The 417HS continuous high-speed case erector/bottom sealer from S.V. Dice (Walnut, CA) is engineered to run up to 60 cases/min. Its compact design allows integration into new or existing lines where floor space is scarce.
The Quadrus(TM) 2D code reader from Microscan Systems (Renton, WA) reads 2D bar-code symbologies at rates to 300 labels/min on most media types. Suitable for tracking and verification in automated packaging systems, it can be mounted on conveyor lines or included as a component within equipment.