The Latest in New Products
A new continuous-motion rotary capper has been introduced. With speeds up to 250 caps per minute, the Omas rotary capper offers fully mechanical screw capping, press-on capping, and roll sealing. Featuring electronic memory and autoadjustment of machine height, the capper is available for plugging and capping for pharm 2 turret versions. Its compact footprint provides room for independent speed adjustment for capping heads and inspection with rejection conveyor. ESS Packaging Machinery Inc.; Roseto, PA; 610/588-8579; www.esspack.com.
New technology in complex ink-jet coding is available. With the m600 advanced, the manufactuer provides an e-pedigree-ready printing system that offers high product quality and reliability for industries such as pharmaceutical. Advanced processor and interface technology allows the system to be integrated in fully automated process control systems. Ethernet IP and TCP/IP protocols enable complete, local activation via PLC and host. All system states can be integrated in real time. For basic ink-jet coding needs, the m600 basic can be used. Wolke Inks & Printers, Hersbruck, Germany; www.wolke.com.
A company introduces compact, all-electric systems for low- to mid-volume packaging applications. PS 125 OneStep Tabletop baggers include built-in imprinters with next-bag-out printing technology ideal for short-run and order-fulfillment applications. The system has a user-friendly display that provides easy access to job storage and recall. The locking turntable design combines with the AutoThread feature for ergonomic handling and fast changeover of Autobag bags-on-a-roll. Bags are automatically indexed, loaded by hand, then sealed using the Push-to-Seal function, a standard footswitch, or via automatic cycle control. Automated Packaging Systems; 888/288-6224; www.autobag.com.
A new pressure-sensitive label applicator can be configured to handle a wide range of package shapes and label configurations. The Tronics Series 3 is available in standard-, medium- and high-speed models that will apply up to 2400 in. of label web per minute. The systems apply front, back, wraparound, top, and bottom pressure-sensitive labels for a broad range of consumer package goods markets, including pharma/nutraceutical, personal care, household chemical, medical products, and more. Weber Marking Systems; 800/843-4242; www.webermarking.com.
A consolidated carousel now handles 300% more open orders. The Remstar Consolidated Carousel is a system of carriers that rotate on an oval track. Its high-density design uses less floor space than conventional conveyors, cross-belt, or tilt-tray consolidation systems and at a lower price, according to the manufacturer. The system can handle more open orders because it requires no dedicated pick lanes and recirculation capabilities. The system requires only one operator for two carousels, lowering the workforce needed. Remstar International Inc.; 800/639-5805; www.remstar.com.
A new controller facilitates quick design, installation, and start-up on machine-vision solutions. The maestro comprises two modules. Master controller P800 interfaces with encoders and I/O, delivering synchronizations and safety on CAT5E cables for eight or more cameras and light sources from a single power supply. The connecting C12 module features a camera and light controller and supplies power while synchronizing configurable high-current pulses for LED lasers. The modules are compatible with all cameras, light sources, I/O, and machine vision software libraries. LMI Technologies (USA) Inc., Royal Oak, MI; 248/298-2839; www.lmitechnologies.com.
Small Footprint Packer
A distributor now carries a case packer with a small footprint. Bergami’s Model K15 Automatic Horizontal Case Packer uses true balcony design and its rear drives meet CGMP standards, allowing complete access for changeover, inspection, and maintenance. The packer loads cartons, bundles, pouches, squeezable tubes, and more into corrugated cases at up to 18 cases per minute. ESS Technologies Inc., Blacksburg, VA; 540/961-5716; www.esstechnologies.com.