Blueprint Automation (Rich-mond, VA) will be exhibiting a new robotic pick-and-place case packer. From bagged potato chips to overwrapped trays, it can pack a variety of different products and offers a large choice of standard product collation modules.
For use in can labeling applications, the OP231 label inspection station from Optel Technologies (St. Foy, Quebec, Canada) can be fitted to Ace-type mechanical can ejector systems to verify labels, bar codes and proper label placement.
Model AFTTP-.5 is a tabletop prefeeder by Automatic Feeder (Schaumburg, IL) designed to eliminate overhead loading by an operator. This elevating prefeeder is designed to meter small parts into vibratory or centrifugal feeders.
Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) offers a four-page brochure on the Fuji-Formost FW-3400 Alpha III form/fill/seal system. Includes specifications for six models, as well as typical display screens and machine dimensional drawings.
Cap application and beverage fill defects can be detected using the 51R41 vision system from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL). Unlike conventional systems that visually inspect with mechanical "squeeze methods," the 51R41 uses a PC-controlled video camera to check bottles for defects at a 4/1000" resolution.
Suited for food and beverage packagers who want to eliminate manual bottle unpacking and case packing, a two-in-one uncaser and case packer has been developed by A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL).
The new TF-2 is a low-cost and compact medium-speed tray former from Combi America (Canton, OH) that will be displayed at Pack Expo. The company will also show a case erector with a new water-activated tape system for environmentally friendly paper tape.