The Black Hawk turret winder from Black Clawson-SANO (Amelia, OH) for its blown film systems uses a phantom axis turret design. Rigid cross members permit large-diameter reel winding in a compact configuration.
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Hartness Intl. (Greenville, SC) and Power-Data Services (Dallas, TX) have introduced a Video Response System for packagers. The VRS util-izes real-time video (30 frames/ sec) to enable companies to commu-nicate visually with vendors to identify line problems and provide solutions.
Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) now offers many of its on-line printing systems with a built-in remote input/output in the system controllers. This allows simplified integration of on-line product identification, carton printing or bar coding without additional hardware or software.
The ST-94 electronic torque tester from Sure Torque (Bradenton, FL) uses load cell technology to provide an accuracy of ±0.1 in-lbs. Applications include pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and other consumer products.
Model 15-DLX is the latest two-station, semi-automatic shuttle heat sealer from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH). Sealing now takes place over the tray system to minimize required floor space to 26" x 66" and facilitate quick change-overs.