A key improvement to downstream packaging functions at Diamond of California is this automatic case erector. Erected cases are packed manually before tape is applied to top flaps (right) to seal them shut. An ink-jet system then prints best-before date, Julian date code, and line and shift codes.
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Filled and sealed bags of nuts discharge from two side-by-side vf/f/s machines onto a conveyor that runs perpendicular to them. Bags are then conveyed downstream. Meanwhile, printed film is pulled through tensioning rollers on one of the vf/f/s machines (right).
Computerized scales from Hayssen deliver accurate amounts of nuts on this 16-head system that includes an upper scale with a booster hopper directly beneath. Nuts released from the scales fall through stainless-steel tubes into vf/f/s equipment.
Counted parts and a literature sheet drop down the filling tube to the bag, which temporarily rests upon a platform to withstand the impact of up to 30 lb of hardware. An inclined conveyor leads to a bulk bin. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
Fasteners are sorted, individually counted by the optical-based units, and deposited into a 60?-long heavy-duty indexing bucket conveyor. The bol counter shown is one of 10 side-by-side units, plus two Thru-Wall bolt feeders‹that supply fasteners such as washers to a vf/f/s bagger at a rate to 40 filled buckets/min. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
Roofing nails are distributed by a vibratory feeder to the vf/f/s cone, which spreads them to the ring of 14 sets of buckets. The computer-controlled buckets provide the nails three-buckets-at-a-time to the bagger and onto a takeaway conveyor at a rate to 40/min of the 50-count, 1.5-lb bags. Equipment was supplied by Batching Systems.
Filled bottles of animal vaccines have stoppers applied automatically by equipment supplied by Cozzoli Machine and then are conveyed through a wall and into the foil overcapping machine from West Pharmaceutical Services.
For label roll switch-overs at the Del Monte Foods Company, a pair of interconnected label applicators from Universal Labeling Systems adds up to zero downtime, which equals high efficiency for this San Francisco-based food producer and distributor.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Products showed its V5100 vf/f/s baling system at its booth at Pack Expo International 2004 this week in Chicago. Machine packages finished bags of product into film wrapped bales, eliminating the need for paperboard boxes and premade bags. Machine can run one, two, and three columns of packaged product with a maximum bale weight of 60 lb. Machine is designed to be integrated with other vf/f/s equipment to complete the packaging process.
On this extended shelf life bottling line for dairy products, an unscrambler uprights bottles that are drawn from three huge storage silos. Later, a system of paddles and chutes turns two lanes into 12 lanes that lead directly into the ESL filling/lidding system from Stork Food & Dairy Systems.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Cousins introduced its 2100 Series A Arm stretchwrapper at Pack Expo International 2004. Low-cost automatic stretchwrapper prototype is simple and requires little maintenance. Wrapper requires no grippers, rather the films starts at the top of the package and stays put as the wrapper wraps from the top down. Available January 2005, machine will retail for $9꾾.
Weber’s Model 5100 Twin-Tamp label printer-applicator combines a high-performace thermal/thermal-transfer label printer with a specially configured applicator to satisfy the printing and two-label, adjacent-panel application of carton labels in line.