As a full pallet receives its top layer and exits, a fresh pallet is automatically moved into place. At the stretch wrapper, a top sheet of film is automatically dispensed. Stretch wrapping equipment is supplied by Krones.
On one of its six new shrink-wrapping lines, Platinum Packaging uses a Shanklin shrink tunnel with side windows that allow personnel to view film shrinking around thin packs of products. It also allows customers visiting the plant to see the process.
A stack of knocked-down gift box bottoms and tops are pushed into a center-folded tube of film that provides clarity, as well as puncture and tear-resistance. The tube is side-sealed with two impulse wires. Next, a cross-sealing station employs hot-knife jaws that create a seal between the leading and trailing pack of boxes before cutting in the seal area between the packs. Packs then are conveyed through a heat tunnel. Euipment is supplied by Shanklin.
Contract packager Platinum Packaging employs nearly 50 Longford friction feeders that deliver gift box blanks from a magazine onto a lugged conveyor for downstream shrink wrapping. Feeders can also be set up to deliver calendars to a plow so that another downstream feeder can insert a paperboard card into the calendar. Dong so helps provide rigidity to the calendar after it's shrink-wrapped.
This continuous-motion bagger from Heat and Control uses patented twin heat-sealing jaws that simultaneously seal the top of the leading pack and the bottom of the subsequent pack. These vf/f/s machines produce 1- to 3-oz bags for vending machine and multi-pack sales, at speeds to 150/min. That rate is three times faster than previous vf/f/s equipment.
Cross-feeder conveyors deliver snacks to Ishida 14-head weigh scales from Heat and Control. Individual load cells measure the weight of product in the scales. Integrated controls are used to select the right combination of buckets to release an accurate amount of product into a bottom-sealed tube of film.
What if a delta-style robot for high-speed pick-and-place packaging operations could be built for half the cost of those currently available in the marketplace? That was among the questions posed by Festo representatives December 4 at a full-day press gathering.
Edna Valley Vineyard’s first-of-its-kind accumulation table from Garvey packs a lot of benefits in a small space. Positioned between a capsule applicator and capsule spinner, the 5’x6’ oval table boosts bottling efficiency by 20%. It provides five minutes’ accumulation at rates of 120 bottles/min.