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Print/apply labeler

The APT-230 thermal/thermal-transfer print/ apply labeling system from Pro-Mark (Jacksonville, FL) can print up to 6"/sec on labels measuring 1.96" x 1.57" to 4.33" x 4.72".
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Pick/place case packer

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.
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Shrink bundling system

The CM Series of high-speed, in-line shrink bundling systems from Packaging Machines (Elk Grove Village, IL) uses a continuous-motion seal system for high-volume shrink wrapping.
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Wide web label printer

Diagraph's (St. Louis, MO) LPT/1080 thermal/thermal-transfer label printer handles wide web labels, with a print width of 8.5" and a media width of 9".
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Robotic cell

IASE (Branchburg, NJ) will introduce the new MPT400 robotic cell. It loads trays, cartons, cases or wrapper infeeds at speeds up to 500 pieces/min.
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Label inspection upgrade

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.
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Prefeeder

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.
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Horizontal wrapper brochure

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.
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Printer/applicator

Quadrel Labeling Systems (Mentor, OH) has developed a thermal-transfer print/apply labeling system available with mounting hardware for most case tapers.
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Vision system for beverages

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.
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Uncaser/case packer

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).
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Hugger belt labeling

Label-Aire's (Fullerton, CA) Model 2172 dual hugger belt labeling system is capable of labeling two sizes of computer data tape cartridges at speeds to 60 products/ min with ±1/32" accuracy.
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Printer/applicator

The Label-Aire® Model 2134 printer/applicator from Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) integrates a thermal/thermal-transfer label printer and an automatic tamp-on label applicator.
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Edge protectors

Pactiv Inc. (Lincolnshire, IL) has introduced the patent-pending Hexacomb® SLIC (self-locking inserting connection) edge protectors. These allow folding without the use of glue, tape or staples.
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Tray former

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.

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