February 2007 Equipment Round-Up: Packaging Machinery
February's Equipment Round-Up covers packaging machinery that can help bag, wrap and seal products.
A legend in cartoning
The Legend L200 cartoner is a standard product among the vendor’s many custom solutions. Pre-engineered configurations of this machine mean minimal customization, resulting in shorter lead times and lower-cost solutions. It makes up to 200 cartons per minute and has 9- and 12-in. machine centers. Leasing is available.
R.A. Jones & Co.; Covington, Ky.
Shrink tunnels for fresh meats
Several hot water shrink options are available to complete the vacuum bag packaging process. The ST101 is a universal hot water shrink tunnel with a 24-in. wide belt. It features a bottom dip or bottom spray and top waterfall.
Cryovac div. Sealed Air Corp.; Elmwood Park, N.J.
High-lift drum dumper
S-1145 bulk filling system with high-lift drum dumper automatically transfers bulk solid materials from drums to the machine’s fill head dust-free, fills pails by weight and verifies fill weight accuracy. Drums are loaded at floor level onto a platen that lifts hydraulically to form a seal between the drum lip and gasketed discharge cone. The entire drum carriage elevates hydraulically, then tips, causing the discharge cone to mate with a gasketed receiving ring on the filling machine’s surge hopper lid. A slide gate valve at the cone spout is then actuated, allowing material to fill the hopper with no dusting.
Flexicon Corp.; Bethlehem, Pa.
Masterpak is a thermoforming machine concept geared to medium-size production. It features modular design, easy operation (touchscreen monitor with functional sketches and pictograms and integrated maintenance functions), innovative labeling and coding units (TiroLabel and TiroPrint for modern market presentation) and optional modified atmosphere packaging.
CFS North America; Frisco Texas
Faster laser marking
With a marking speed up to 1,200 characters per second and line speeds up to 10 meters per second, the Model 3120 is the fastest laser marker in its class. It marks complex, multi-line alphanumeric messages, foreign language fonts, graphics, symbols and machine-readable codes.
Videojet Technologies Inc.; Wood Dale, Ill.
A new DVD explains advantages and benefits of the Easy-Pac Package Sealing Solution, a system that has been developed for case and carton sealing applications. It significantly reduces downtime and maintenance costs and improves packaging productivity and safety for case and carton sealing operations. This system virtually eliminates char, the largest single cause of adhesive equipment malfunctions, and comes with the industry’s longest equipment warranty.
National Adhesives; Cincinnati, Ohio