February 2005 Equipment Round-Up - Packaging Equipment

From gargantuan to svelte, designed for mega-processors or start-up ventures, the packaging equipment and materials described here answer a broad range of customers' needs.

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ABC Packaging Machine; Tarpon Springs, Fla.
800-237-5975; www.abcpackaging.com

Pallet load locking
Pallet-Grip is a patent-pending load locking system for stretch-wrap containment capable of meeting the requirements from big-box retailers and mass merchandisers for physically locking the load to the pallet. It greatly improves load containment and significantly reduces the chance for damage on double-stacked loads, winged pallets or those carrying barrels, pails, or rolls that lead to severe inboard load conditions. Available as a retrofit or option on new machines, it attaches a load to the pallet with bottom wraps of film that have been twisted into a cable along the lower 4-6 inches of the web.
Lantech; Louisville, Ky.
502-267-4200; www.lantech.com

Fast RFID tags
The Fast Tag RFID tag applicator system encodes and applies RFID tags using the vendor’s label applicators, an RFID reader from sister company Accu-Sort Systems Inc. and a patent-pending reject identification and recovery system. Fast Tag is a portable, flexible, affordable RFID tag application solution that is high-speed and low-maintenance. The systems are being used by Wal-Mart suppliers.
Videojet Technologies; Wood Dale, Ill.
630-860-7300; www.videojet.com

Wrap it up
Vectra, an entry level low-profile, semi-automatic turntable stretch wrapper, unitizes pallet loads quickly and efficiently and provides an alternative to manually wrapping loads. It has a maximum load weight capacity of 4,000 lbs. and a turntable rotation speed of 9 RPM, ideal for low throughput operations. It uses the vendor’s EconoStretch film carriage.
Orion/Pro Mach; Atlanta
800-333-6556; www.orionpackaging.com

Little zipper
The RZ-200 zipper machine is designed for luncheon meats, pepperoni, bacon and other foods that require a reliable, consumer-friendly recloseable feature. A proven zipper system developed by Pro-Pac Services is built into the machine. At 18 ft., this machine is less than half the length of most standard zipper machines, the vendor claims, freeing up floor space. Cost is $189,000.
Rollstock Inc.; Kansas City, Mo.
888-314-2152; www.rollstock.com

Robo packer-palletizer
Robotic Case Packer-Palletizer combines a case packer and a palletizer into a single, compact, cost-effective solution. It uses a five-axis Motoman robot with XRC Controller, capable of moving up to 176 lbs. The compact footprint allows for pallet sizes of up to 48 x 48 in. and unit loads up to 72 in. high. Custom-designed end of arm tooling is flexible enough to “grab” and pack various-size objects, including boxes, bags, bundles, bales, cans, bottles and jars. The overall system is run by an Allen-Bradley Logix controller with a touch screen operator interface, making changeovers easy.
Schneider Packaging Equipment; Brewerton, N.Y.

Increased capacity for case palletizer
New design and interface options for the Alvey 780 case palletizer dramatically increase the unit's capacity and its value for low-speed palletizing applications. Particularly suited for single-line applications in the food and consumer goods industries, the Alvey 780 uses high-level infeed and right-angle pattern formation to achieve outstanding pattern flexibility. Close-center rollers and a bi-parting apron also give the machine the ability to handle a wide variety of case and pallet sizes. Its compact footprint is ideal for existing facilities where space is at a premium.
FKI Logistex; St. Louis
314-993-4700; www.fkilogistex.com


New applications for tamper-evidency
A new pressure-belt system allows induction sealing for tamper-evidence, leak protection, and freshness, to be used where it was once otherwise impossible. Inner seals are either placed onto the capless containers or reside in the “snap-on” cap as inserted by the cap manufacturer. For capless containers, the belt holds the seals in place as the containers are conveyed through the induction sealing field. Capped containers are likewise captured from above by the pressure-belt. The belt applies pressure on the top of the cap forcing the cap to hold the inner seal in place during the sealing process.
Enercon Industries; Menomonee Falls, Wis.
262-255-6070; www.enerconind.com

Stripper widens range
A new patented stripper/tubecloser enables the Robag 3 to pack an even wider range of products, including potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, loose and wrapped confectionery, peanuts, pork crackles and now, fresh salad. The Robag 3 is capable of packing up to 220 bags per minute on a rotary double jaw configuration, boasting efficiencies greater than 95 percent and a reject rate of less than 0.5 percent.
TNA North America; Coppell, Texas
972-462-6500; www.tnarobag.com

Power Engineers buys Atec, creates equipment arm

Power Engineers Inc., Hailey, Idaho, has acquired Atec, a privately owned conveyor and equipment design and fabrication company located in Pocatello, Idaho. The transaction establishes a presence for Power Engineers in the manufacturing arena with the expertise and commitment of design engineers, machinists and assembly professionals specializing in food processing, packaging and material handling equipment. Atec, now operating under the name Power Food Equipment Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Engineers.

“This acquisition allows us to offer full-service solutions to our clients, from engineering design through equipment fabrication and/or modification,” says Mike Keough, Power Engineers’ director of industrial packaging and Power Food Equipment chairman. “Atec is an established, creative, solution-driven company. We are excited to have Power Food Equipment to complement Power Engineers’ set of services and to support our ability to provide cost-effective, custom solutions to help our clients meet technical challenges.”

Glenn Anderson, former owner of ATEC, stays on as Power Food Equipment’s director of operations.


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