Dorner Manufacturing (pictured right) introduced its 3200 Series iDrive belt conveyor, which integrates the motor, gearbox and motor controller within the frame of the conveyor. This space-saving design allows the conveyor to fit into the tightest of spaces. Seen as the big brother to the 2200 Series iDrive, the 3200 Series iDrive conveyor is designed for more heavy-duty industrial and packaging applications. Its robust frame and motor can carry more weight, operate at faster speeds, is available in larger sizes, and comes with indexing capabilities to handle more sophisticated conveying applications. It comes with three control options, side controls that allow operators to adjust speed and direction with ease and an internal brushless DC motor.
Bunting Magnetics Co. (pictured left) showed a Center-Flow Magnet (metal remover) with a design that reduces the pressure drop - which negatively affects the performance of a production facility -- through the housing and allows it to be cleaned in seconds. The design maintains a 15-psi rating for all types of dilute-phase pneumatic or gravity-flow conveying lines. It also features a one-piece gasket that improves sealing along the production line, which eliminates leaking. It removes ferrous fines as well as larger pieces of tramp iron from dry particulates. The poles are tapered to provide a static recess area where small metal fines can collect and hide out of the air stream to avoid wipe-off. The trailing end of the magnetic cartridge is an active pole, and any tramp metal that might be swept down will be collected on the "protected" end of the magnetic cartridge.
Attendees were talking about the Zip360, a flexible pouch with a zipper-like closure that really did go 360 degrees, from Zip-Pak. Developed in conjunction with Triangle Package Machinery Co. and Printpack Inc., the wide-mouth opening allows consumers of snack mixes, frozen chicken, cookies and crackers and pet food and treats to easily access and scoop out the contents. With its pour-spout functionality, it is also ideal for cereal, frozen food and vegetables. It's resealable, has plenty of front display and reduces the amount of materials needed to manufacture a package. Zip-Pak commissioned a life cycle analysis, conducted by independent research firm Franklin Associates Inc., comparing 20-oz bag-in-box formats to 21-oz resealable flexible pouches. The study confirmed resealable flexible packages offer superior product-to-package ratio, lower energy footprint, lower solid waste footprint and lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout their life-cycle. Other news is Plumrose is the first manufacturer to incorporate Zip-Pak's Zip-Pak Slider Advantage package for its 24-oz Hearty Country Style Thick-Sliced Bacon. The ergonomically designed Slider Advantage requires less plastic to manufacture, both the clip and profile, which enables Plumrose to provide an easy-to-open closure and simultaneously improves the company's eco-profile. Ideal for sliced deli meats, cheese, snacks and dry goods, frozen foods and pet treats, the new slider can be applied to pre-made pouches and form/fill/seal applications. The solution can also run on virtually all packaging formats and machinery configurations, eliminating the need to invest in new packaging lines.
Kliklok-Woodman debuted the Woodman P3c constant-motion bagmaker. Featuring the "flex-mount" welded tubular steel frame with a center-balanced profile, it allows weighers and volumetric fillers to be direct-mounted to the machine and provides a cost-effective alternative to additional floor-mounted support. It produces 120 bags per minute, and improved bag registration that hits the "sweet spot" for snack food packaging. Due to the ability to switch between constant and intermittent motion, it has wide bag format flexability (pillow, flat/block bottom, gusseted, stand-up pouch, perforated string, promo strip, notching, hole punching and others). And its programmable product stripping reduces bag waste by eliminating product in the seal.
The Huhtamaki Systems FM-4000 (pictured right) is capable of forming round and non-round, plastic or paperboard containers ranging in size from single-serve to 64-oz. Compared to other package formers, it requires a smaller 7x9-ft. footprint. Engineered for one-person operation, it enables fast changeovers to accommodate short-notice shifts in packaging sizes. Preprinted and die-cut package sidewalls are shipped flat, with about 10 times as much packaging per truckload compared to preformed containers. As a result, transportation costs and on-site warehousing requirements are reduced by nearly 90 percent while providing a considerable "green" advantage
Rockwell Automation offered the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6500 multi-axis servo drive, which leverages the proven performance of the Kinetix 6000 family and is the first high-performance, modular servo drive to leverage embedded EtherNet/IP technology for integrated motion control. It also offers advanced safety features, such as safe stop, zero speed monitoring, safe direction monitoring and safe maximum acceleration monitoring.