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Packaging World      Special Projects Editor, Gretchen Edelbrock
SPONSOR: Nercon March 23, 2011 | Edited by Gretchen Edelbrock

Video: Live Drum Spiral Conveyor offers low belt tension for increased capacity >>

The benefit of low-belt tension is that it allows for long runs, resulting in a larger number of tiers. The substantial length of the conveying belt in a relatively small footprint offers manufacturers increased production and profitability.


White Paper: The Accumulation Conversation >>

The new Accumulation white paper discusses the benefits of using accumulation and buffering where bottlenecks occur. Read about best practices for buffering conveyors, avoiding mistakes when planning accumulation, controls for accumulation and case files.


Video: Accumulation Solutions, a side-by-side comparison of accumulation equipment >>

Several types of accumulators are shown in this video including: Mass Flow In-Line Accumulation Conveyors, Re-Flow Accumulation Tables, Bi-Directional Accumulation Tables, Flex Flow Accumulators, Vertical Accumulators, Multi-Level Storage Systems, and Serpentine Accumulators.


Webinar On-Demand: Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Accumulation >>

Learn about close coupled machine layouts, proper infeed and discharge conveyors, machine speeds that affect accumulation, and identification of production constraints.



Dock lift bridge activator

Advance Lifts' hydraulic dock lift bridge activator requires no additional electrical lines to the base frame. The control is a separate push button that can be moved to a convenient point on the platform. The cylinder actuator is either mounted under the platform for units with at least 8-in. lowered heights or ...Read more

Tube-testing system

The Q-Test automated tube-testing system from Cerulean, part of Molins PLC, is designed to test laminate and plastic tubes. Q-Test 1 measures leak, burst, and torque parameters of both plastic and laminate tubes, while Q-Test 2 measures length, diameter, ovality, and side-seam parameters. Allows ...Read more

Hydraulic container dumper

Material Transfer's sanitary stainless steel hydraulic container dumper discharges containers of food products into an existing hopper at 63-in. above floor level. Unit features sanitary, wash-down duty, tubular 304 stainless steel construction with continuous TIG welds, and no tube penetrations. Dump ...Read more

Case packer/palletizer with 6-axis robot

The combined SD/P5 case packing and palletizing unit from Cermex integrates a Fanuc 6-axis parallel-link (delta) robot in a totally new stand-up pouch application. The unit—with 2 additional axes—is capable of setting products upright or laying them down depending on how they are fed into the machine and how they are to ...Read more

Bulk-bag unloader with integrated material conditioning

National Bulk Equipment's automated bulk bag unloader system uses a fully integrated, 4-stage material conditioning sequence to prepare an extremely agglomerated, rock-like material for supply to a downstream liquification process. The dual, opposing bag hoist design enables high-volume input of material to the first conditioning ...Read more


Top load case packer

Douglas Machine's TriVex™ top load case packer is a fully automatic machine that erects, loads and seals cases in a small footprint. The TriVex opposing vacuum cup design for case erecting ensures that cases will erect the first time, eliminating poorly squared cases and reducing waste ...Read more

Robot/controller with 110 VAC power solution

C3 Compact 6 Axis Robots from Epson Robots are high-performance 110 VAC power solutions for non-standard manufacturing environments such as handling prototyping, testing, research and other lab oriented applications and are also useful for small parts assembly, dispensing, lab ...Read more

Vision system for color-image processing

PPT Vision's IMPACT® M-Series Embedded Vision System uses 26 color cameras with dedicated color IMPACT software tools for sorting, monitoring and identifying color objects. The addition of numerous new color cameras allows the system to solve an even broader range of challenging ...Read more

Case packer for snack foods

The HFP (Highly Flexible Packer) Slimline from Focke & Co. provides gentle product handling as well as an open architecture that allows visibility of the entire packing process—all in a small footprint. Designed to handle fragile products such as chips, peanut snacks, pretzels and pasta. The HFP SlimLine ...Read more

Integrated palletizing, stretch wrapping for paper hygiene products

The OPTIMA RTP25 from the Nonwovens division of the Optima Group is a compact integrated palletizer/stretch wrapper. Designed for the packaging of paper hygiene products. Highly-intelligent programming provides optimal and easy operation. Offers machine flexibility and long-term operational reliability ...Read more


UPCOMing events:

NACD 2011 Annual Convention
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, CA The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) annual convention will be held April 6-10, 2011.

Packaging Automation Forum
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. Packaging Automation Forum, produced by Packaging World and Automation World, features peer-to-peer education about how to increase productivity, flexibility and performance using state-of-the-art packaging controls and information technology, April 26.

IoPP Packaging & Leadership Council
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. New for 2011, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is offering packaging professionals the utmost in value by creating a two-day conference that combines IoPP's most dynamic events, held May 10-11.

Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ. Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops, produced by Healthcare Packaging magazine, will feature operational and package design strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device packagers, May 26.


Make2Pack and Connect-and-Pack Workshop Offered

Industry and technology expert Dave Chappell offers additional training for attendees to this year's Packaging Automation Forum. Gain a better understanding of the Make2Pack and Connect-and-Pack™ concepts and their critical value to your operation. Discussion of PackML Implementation also included. Monday, April 25 at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL.

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