On this vertical form/fill/seal machine at Omstead, a servo motor-driven cross-seal assembly is synchronized with side belts. Seal jaws make a smooth “D”-shaped cycle to close on the film tube, simultaneously sealing the top of the filled bag and forming a bottom seal for the next bag.
New Vari-Right right-angle top-load carton closer is the first system of its kind to offer a continuously variable pitch conveying design, according to supplier. Combines the carton size flexibility of lugless systems with the positive control of conventional flighted machines. I
Two cases are indexed into position and are pneumatically tilted away from the robot to facilitate loading. After the cases are half filled by the Wexxar machine, with 16-oz cartons, a corrugated divider is inserted before additional rows are loaded to complete the cases. The robot picks and places these cartons at a rate of 60/min.
Emerging from the filler enclosure, wine bottles are conveyed through a Heuft (Downers Grove, IL) detection unit that uses a combination of photocells and high-frequency signals to check for cork presence, cork breakage, and improper fill height.