Dorner’s Engineer Specials Program (ESP) is a
program that pays extra attention to building conveyors with dimensions and
characteristics above and beyond the dimensions of Dorner’s regular
conveyor platforms. Instead of trying to build a conveyor in-house from
scratch to make it fit, the customer saves time and money by having people
who are conveyor experts handle the project. In one instance, a customer
needed a conveyor to move bottles to an elevated packaging station that
Dorner’s LPZ Series conveyors suited because of the conveyor’s
one or two pivot points, allowing the conveyor to be adjusted at different
angles. The customer next needed its bottles to be separated into four
groups of two for proper spacing during packaging. The ESP Program designed
the conveyor into four lanes by installing three separators on top of the
conveyors, and used a cleated belt to form continuous lanes of four groups.
Bottles are automatically placed on the conveyor from a bottle-filling
machine. The application, however, stated the passing bottles needed a
precise amount of air injected into them prior to packaging. The ESP
Program developed special air knives (air cooling devices) to be mounted in
each lane to inject the air into passing bottles. — Dorner Mfg. Corp., 975 Cottonwood Avenue, Hartland, Wis.
53029; 800/397-8664; www.dorner.com.
The Douglas Contour T-75 Tray Packers eliminate soft
bottle bridging with the Smartrak Steady Stream Infeed. The Smartrak also
removes the gaps that compromise pack pattern accuracy and continuous
product flow. Patented pinless metering gently collates products at speeds
50 percent faster than traditional metering, and eliminates product damage
sometimes caused by metering pins. The T-75 features a 10-foot ergonomic
tray blank magazine for convenient loading. Operator accessibility is
maximized with an open design and gull-wing guarding. Gull-wing guard doors
glide open and closed, staying where they are placed. The unobstructed
openings provide quick access to product, materials and components.
Electronic motion controls reduce parts, resulting in a clean, open design.
The T-75 easily handles round products, cartons and hi-cone packs on one
machine without lengthy changeovers and few change parts, maximizing
flexibility. — Douglas Machine Inc., 3404
Iowa Street, Alexandria, Minn. 56308; 320/763-6587; www.douglas-machine.com.
Polypack Inc. offers a non-stop print register
shrinkwrapper from Baumer. The machine runs at 200 bundles per minute on a
single row, and offers automatic reel change without operator intervention.
Suitable for production levels of medium- and high-speed range, the
shrinkwrapper provides non-stop production during film reel change. Its
fast changeover device ranges from two to 15 minutes, and an operator
friendly interface with touchscreen system provides easy usage. — Polypack Inc., 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas
Park, Fla., 33782; 727/578-5000; www.polypack.com.
Film Source International introduced Easy-Open
shrinkfilm for multi-packs. The zipper design on top of the multi-pack is
perforated during the shrinking process. The Easy-Open perforation system
highlighted by the zipper design is visible to customers as it offers an
easier way to tear apart the film. The Easy-Open shrinkfilm multi-packs
provide a versatile design for any configuration, including cans, bottles
and trays. Film Source International’s shrinkfilms are produced based
on the specific requirements of individual customers. Every run is tested
for visual and physical properties, color accuracy, shrinkability, clarity,
strength and sealability. — Film Source
International, 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd., Pinellas Park, Fla., 33782;
Republic Blower Systems offers a comprehensive line of
centrifugal blowers that can be used in both pressure and vacuum
applications and are engineered to provide an effective stream of air for
air or gas handling requirements. The blower line uses ceramic hybrid ball
bearings, which have performance characteristics such as heat resistance
and extended life. The line is developed for low downtime with
field-replaceable and balanced bearing housing assemblies. The blowers are
capable of producing 50 cubic feet per minute to 2,400 cubic feet per
minute, and a maximum pressure of 4 pounds per square inch. The latest
additions to the Republic Centrifugal Blower product line are the RB2000
and the RB500. The RB2000 is able to produce up to 2,000 cubic feet per
minute with motor options from 20 to 30 horsepower. The RB500 is able to
produce up to 500 cubic feet per minute with motor options from 3
horsepower to 7.5 horsepower, and is equipped with a self-tensioning belt. — Republic Blower Systems, 5131 Cash Road, Dallas,
Texas 75147; 800/847-0380; www.republicsales.com.
Multi-packed in MeadWestvaco’s Cluster-Pak
carton, VPX Sports’ Redline fat incinerating energy drink made its
market debut at discount stores. In order to meet its launch timeline and
distribution goals, VPX Sports partnered with MeadWestvaco to create a
Cluster-Pak carton that could be hand-packed to start, then transferred to
MeadWestvaco packaging machinery in the future.
The carton, printed at MeadWestvaco’s Lanett, Ala., converting
facility on 21-point Carrier Kote paperboard, showcases the product’s
unique bottle and features top and bottom ad panel flaps to ensure the
beverages maintain their position during shipping and distribution.
This design also ensures that the UPC code on the individual bottles
is hidden, eliminating the possibility of incorrect scanning. The side ad
panels, as well as the front, back and top billboard space, provide
additional room for graphics and copy to attract consumers. In addition,
the carton also features a strap handle. The handle pulls away from the
carton, diverting pressure to the more rigid sides of the pack, providing a
more comfortable support for the consumer. — MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, One High Ridge Park,
Stamford, Conn. 06905; 203/461-7400; www.meadwestvaco.com.
A new trend in labels is the decorating of specialty
shaped bottles with shrink-sleeves. CCL’s
shrink-sleeves, available in various material grades, can be printed in as
many as 14 colors using one of three different printing techniques. Both
sides of the sleeve can be printed (dual imaging), and the technology
offers promotional possibilities since stickers can be assigned to the
inside of the sleeve. Multi-layer PSL (booklets), peel and read labels,
lenticular-lense labels, or any other type of promotional label can be
designed at request if not already available. — CCL Label, One Llodio Dr., Hermitage, Pa. 16148;
Coldkeepers LLC’s Aqua’in aims to improve
the currently available upright glass-door coolers by making beverages more
easily accessible. Because the bottles can be accessed without having to
open the door, energy losses are limited and the consumer’s buying
experience improved. The Aqua’in chiller-dispenser can be adapted to
popular bottle sizes, and does not require the use of specific tools. The
Aqua’in chiller-dispenser also is free of unnecessary moving parts. — Coldkeepers LLC, 1100 Smith Ave., Thomasville, Ga.
31799; 229/551-9200; www.koldtogo.com.
Seal-It Inc. introduced Plastic Suppliers EarthFirst
TDO shrinkfilm to its existing group of shrinkfilms, PVC, PETG and OPS. This
new film made from with Natureworks PLA corn-based resin, is not petroleum
based and is environmentally friendly and compostable. It is heat
shrinkable and suitable for any shrinksleeve label project. EarthFirst has
many of the same properties as other films, including excellent
machineability, clarity, printability (can be printed to 10 colors in
rotogravure or modified flexographic) and shrinkage (up to 75 percent). — Seal-It Inc., 70 Schmitt Blvd., Farmingdale, N.Y.
11735; 800/325-3965; www.sealitinc.com.
Beverage Industry’s November issue highlights the 100-year advocacy of the American Beverage Association and what’s next for CEO Katherine Lugar and a new plastics initiative, Every Bottle Back. This issue includes a special report on craft beer, an Up Close With feature on PRESS hard cider and what is sparking innovation in natural colors. Read more about how protein is powering up beverages and how warehouses are using WMS and WCS systems to streamline operations. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted.
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