Don't miss Pat Reynolds' audio report of his finds on the final day of Pack Expo International 2012, including: Cloeren's Nanolayer Feedblock; an aseptically filled standup pouch with an incredibly innovative dispensing spout; more label material development aimed at helping recyclers separate PET flake from contaminants; the use of magnets to attach and remove fill funnels on a high-speed rotary filler; and a robotic case packer that switches readily from RSC to retail-ready display case.
ProSoft's Ethernet IP gateway allows you to talk to various legacy systems. Stand-alone gateways let you talk to multitude of manufacturers' control systems--100 different protocols for industrial automation as well as building control, fire control air conditioning systems.
From ExxonMobil, this drop-in replacement for traditional shrink sleeve label material has a big advantage from a recycling standpoint, because when PET bottles are ground up in the recycling process, the label material floats while the PET flakes sink.
SteelHeart servo-driven peristaltic pump provides infinite points of reference to enable precise filling for liquid pharmaceutical applications. May be configured with one to 12 pumps; equipped with Allen-Bradley controls, including the PanelView Plus 600.
Schneider Packaging Equipment debuts its Pro-Adjust add-on solution that automatically adjusts all types of machines—including case packers, palletizers, case loaders—for varying package sizes. Stepper motor-driven system greatly enhances speed and accuracy of changeovers, while increasing machine uptime and OEE.
Intelligrated has introduced two new enhancements for its Alvey 950 series hybrid palletizers: an on-board stretch bander that adds stability to otherwise unstable loads, and an integrated control system that allows both the palletizer and its robotic arms to operate from a single PLC.
A demo of the In-Sight 7000 vision system at the Cognex booth demonstrates how the company's new Autofocus mechanism allows for automatic adjustment of focal lengths for packages of varying heights without the need for manual adjustment of the camera.
Demonstrating the company's expertise in pneumatic control applications, the Clippard Automated Air Guitar at Clippard Instrument Laboratory's booth uses 62 cylinders, 58 valves, and 50 psi to strum out 16 acoustic songs for the enjoyment of show visitors.
Squid Ink showed off its BB-2/S case taper, designed for cost-effective top and bottom case taping for large-run case-sealing applications, integrated with the AutoPilot high-resolution ink-jet printing system. AutoPilot uses Xaar piezo technology to print up to .7 in. of characters, text, scannable bar codes, and logos at 180-dpi.
Pat discusses what he uncovered at Day Three of Pack Expo, including: an innovative powder-dispensing cap; a full-body shrink sleeve label called Ecoskin that simplifies separation of label material from PET flake; a "roll-and-blow" concept that feeds rollstock into a machine that makes bottles for drinkable yogurt; and a demo showing how Profinet and Ethernet can coexist on the same network.