PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Krones is introducing the Accutower dynamic buffering system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, S-2466. In the Accutower, containers move on a conveyor that is arranged in the shape of a vertical spiral, requiring significantly less space than traditional buffer systems. Accutower is easily configured into existing lines. Other advantages include: *Processing of unusually-shaped containers; container orientation remains the same. *Bottle never leaves transport chain. *Chain is run on only two drive motors, resulting in less maintenance and less energy consumption.
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Machine showcases 6-axes of synchronized linear and rotary servos in high-speed motion with .0001"" accuracy. One rotary motor spins a pin-equipped disk, the other spins a disk with holes. The disks engage and disengage at 2ꯠ rpm. Strobe light assists onboard image capture.
On this new bottled water filling line, bulk bottles are depalletized by a Sig Simonazzi high-level depalletizer and then single-filed for delivery to the air conveying system from Descon Conveyor Systems and Consultants.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Garvey introduces its Infinity Series 3-D accumulator at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth located at N-3813. Wrapping and bagging machines can deliver their output to a single Infinity 3-D, and the system will automatically discharge the packages of product (flow-wrapped packages, bags, trays, and cartons) – oriented – to one or more downstream machines. The system also provides accumulation between the upstream and downstream machines, dramatically increasing the overall throughput of the line. No complex mechanisms or controls are required. Packages are accumulated, oriented, and discharged via the natural flow dynamics of the machine.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Kliklok-Woodman is introducing its Compak II bagmaker at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, S-1601. Machine can produce a maximum bag width of 250mm at speeds of 35 bags/min. Machine has been updated with advanced electronics and servo motors for added reliability and lowered maintenance. The Insight® color touch screen is a graphics-based operator interface that uses pictures and icons to make the system simple to operate, providing higher productivity. The Compak II is equipped with a single pneumatic control point and simplified wiring, allowing for faster trouble shooting and reduced spare parts needs.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Hartness offers its Gripveyor conveyor system at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth, N-3817. Conveyor system easily handles unstable, difficult-shaped bottles. Grippers grab bottles of product at their base, reducing jamming associated with air conveyors. Transport device allows for high-speed conveying of any shape plastic bottle. Conveyor system can be paired with the company’s Dynac accumulation system for seamless transport of product throughout a packaging line.
Tablet Counter - Model Cremer CF-1220 Quad The Cremer Quad features four counting heads and a four-lane filling conveyor with a servo-driven infeed divider and a servo-driven collection device to fill up to 220 cpm based on 100-count bottles in a space-saving 24-foot footprint.
Krones Modul System delivers maximum application flexibility via modular, interchangeable labeling stations. Working off its plug-and-label principle, the Modul labeler combines multiple labeling techniques such as cold-glue, pressure-sensitive, hot-melt roll-fed, and hot-melt pre-cut wraparound labels all on a single machine base.
PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Pactiv offers a look at its new Pactiv 9000 Air-Paq® engineered inflatable packaging at its booth, S-2342, at Pack Expo International 2004. Air-Paq is a durable, resilient, and efficient packaging solution available in 2- and 3-dimensional shapes. Design features a series of adjoining air tubes that are securely inflated to cushion and protect lightweight products during shipment. The tubes are connected via a series of patented one-way valves. If one chamber is punctured, the others remain inflated. Product is loaded into a deflated package. The Air-Paq is then inflated through an external valve. Air travels through a sequence of air chambers. The package can then be loaded into a carton for shipping.
New Vari-Right right-angle top-load carton closer is the first system of its kind to offer a continuously variable pitch conveying design. Combines the carton size flexibility of lugless systems with the positive control of conventional flighted machines.
Many plants want to retain their plastic, Chep or expensive pallets for use in their palletizing and production process, requiring them to transfer their product to an alternate load base for shipping or storage.