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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This caps it
The FPS-6 Spindle is a fully automatic capper with several cap sorting options. It caps up to 120 mm on containers up to 2 ½ gal. at speeds to 250 cpm. Features include an integrated caster and leveling system, sanitary C-frame construction, independent spindle speed control for better control or torque and application, chute plate constructed of polished 304 S/S for smooth cap delivery and manual chute assembly height, width and horizontal adjustments.
Fluid Packaging Solutions; Alpharetta, Ga.
770/410-9044; www.fluidpackaging.com

Intelligent scanning
Intelligent Scanner XS is three to eight times faster than the vendor’s previously available readers and is capable of performing more than 100 data matrix reads per second using the vendor’s enhanced FrameWork 2.7 software. The system includes an enhanced Data Matrix reader with advanced grayscale processing, which can read severely degraded codes printed with laser, ink-jet or dot-peen marking technologies.
DVT; Duluth, Ga.
770-814-7920; www.dvtsensors.com

Family of bag loaders
Automated vertical bag loading systems package an array of fresh red meat, smoked and processed meats and poultry products. The BL-120 is a fully automated bag loader and hock breaker for whole broilers. BL-125 is for fresh meat that advances and opens Cryovac taped bags to accept gravity-fed products from an in-feed conveyor located above the machine. BL-126 also advances and opens Cryovac taped bags to accept products from above the machine. The 8604 Dual Lane Infeed is a custom conveyor designed for easy clean-up. The system meets ready-to-eat sanitation requirements and has a simplified electrical interface with the vendor’s rotary chamber machines.
Cryovac Div. of Sealed Air Corp.; Duncan, S.C.
803-433-2000; www.cryovac.com

Smell the coffee
The flavor and aroma of coffee is maintained in packaging with Total Gas Control unit, an electronically integrated system that automates the gas purging and monitoring process in a single step. A combination of on-line gas analysis, off-line spot test analysis, electronic flow control of the gas supply and optional electronic controlled gas mixing maintains uniformity in gas packaging.
PBI-Dansensor America; Glen Rock, N.J.
201-251-6490; www.pbi-dansensor.com

Impulse Compact is a new family of small electromagnetic shakers designed specifically for tight fitting processing and packaging distribution lines that require precise metering and low maintenance drives. Suitable for product mixing lines, ingredient feeding and scale feeding, it starts and stops quickly to accurately meter product. The unit maximizes production flexibility with dedicated solid-state controls that allow conveying pan amplitudes to range from 0 to 100 percent to adjust for different products or processing conditions. The electromagnetic shakers can be adjusted from low stroke, high cycle mode for gentle product handling to high stroke, low cycle mode for faster throughput or to handle heavier product.
Key Technology; Walla Walla, Wash.
509-529-2161; www.key.net

A fast eye
The F210 high-speed vision sensor combines image acquisition as fast as 1.4 ms with advanced measurement algorithms for faster measurement and inspection operations. It can perform measurement cycles of as fast as 3 ms when used with the vendor’s F160-S2 double speed camera. The system has a unique algorithm for superior OCR/OCV capability and new Edge Code technology for unmatched defect detection, position and location capability. The OCR/OCV capability can read and confirm lot codes on bottles. A Fine Matching algorithm enables detection of differences between a user-taught model and a live image, including fine defects on labels that less accurate algorithms cannot catch. The system is suitable for packaging inspection applications, especially in high-speed food and drug operations. Prices start at $5,000.
Omron Electronics LLC; Schaumburg, Ill.
800-556-6766; www.info.omron.com

Webbed crusader
The Matrix Crossweb package labeler is designed to meet or exceed AMI sanitary design criteria. It can be installed on virtually any form/fill/seal rollstock machine. The unit has an open and easy-access design combined with angled and rounded surfaces to promote water runoff. It’s available initially for top and/or bottom package labeling applications, with film labeler versions expected by late spring.
Koch Equipment LLC; Kansas City, Mo.
816-753-2150; www.kochequipment.com

Top sealer accommodates variations
The Model 336 is a top case sealer that accommodates case variations and ensures square cases that palletize well. This compact unit runs up to 45 cases per minute with a continuous operation design that accepts cases that are fed spaced or back-to-back, and provides automatic flap folding and sealing. The powered compression section combines the bottom case drive belt with a powered upper belt drive to convey the case and provide secure compression as the adhesive sets.
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.

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