A manufacturer of custom-engineered packaging materials introduces its positive component identification technology. Part Number in the Pocket labeling involves the use of case inserts and tote liners to enhance inventory control, component accountability, organization, and security. Part numbers are printed on the inserts or liners and the inserts or liners are placed in the bottom of a tool or component silhouette pocket or cavity. The numbers are protected by a clear, plastic laminate. They allow users to know the exact part number when reordering components or when requesting replacements. Part Numbers in the Pockets are available in a variety of materials, including fabricated foams, laminated composites, and conductive/antistatic materials. They are also offered in a variety of colors. The company’s inserts and tote liners can be water jet–cut or CNC routed, and they can be custom designed. UFP Technologies, Georgetown, MA; 800/372-3172; www.ufptech.com.
A manufacturer offers needling tools and systems for microperforating and cutting film, paper, foil, laminates, and nonwovens. Various designs of the VentPerf systems are available to provide ventilation or moisture release. Up to 600 holes per sq in. are made at speeds up to 600 ft per min. Hole sizes are adjustable. The needling systems can be integrated into in-line processes or equipped with optional unwind and rewind for stand-alone operations. The motor-driven VentPerf-Holt includes temperature controls and digital readouts for hot needling of foam and film-like web materials. VentPerf-Cold can be web- or motor-driven and is designed for cold needling of paper and film-like web materials. The company supplies tools for virtually any pattern. Custom designs and special tools are available for materials like foam and aluminum. Schober USA Inc., Cincinnati, OH; 513/489-7393; www.schoberusa.com.
Thermal Vision System
A company features an infrared thermal vision system on its tray sealers. The system directly senses the actual surface temperature of the heat platen. This feature is offered as standard equipment in addition to the embedded thermocouple method of controlling a heat platen’s temperature. The embedded thermocouple tracks the temperature inside the heat platen while controlling the platen’s external surface temperature. The vision system’s temperature sensors provide platen surface temperature at any time on the PLC operator screen. The data provide engineers with a rapid check of one critical parameter without using calibration instrumentation. Atlas Vac Machine, Cincinnati, OH; 513/984-5544; www.atlasvac.com.
Fabric Belt Conveyor
A fabric belt conveyor is designed for pharmaceutical vial inspection and sorting. The Model 771 features ergonomic work shelves and footrests, variable-speed operation, and adjustable lane dividers. The conveyor is designed for cleanroom application. It is constructed out of stainless steel. It is also equipped with individual workstation fluorescent lighting with 110 V ac outlets. Kamflex Corp., Carol Stream, IL; 630/682-1555; www.kamflex.com.
A series of ultrasonic sensors is designed for applications in which the sensing target is made of clear or transparent material, or applications in which the target surface color varies. The World-Beam QS18U series features a proprietary standard housing for mounting and application flexibility. The sensors are designed to operate in wet or dirty environments and provide background-suppression proximity sensing. The series features solid-state bipolar outputs and a sensing range of 50–500 mm with a ms response time. Other features include an onboard push button or remote wire and a 360°-visible multifunction LED indicator system in bright green and amber. Banner Engineering Corp., Minneapolis; 888/373-6767; www.bannerengineering.com.
A redesigned single-color rotary flexographic printer series prints graphics and high-quality bar codes on webs from 4 to 100 in. wide. The Black Max II series includes improvements such as electronic sensors for tighter registration and Teflon coating of key components to eliminate ink offsetting. Upgraded bearings, belts, and clutch produce a higher speed of 30 containers per minute (previously 21 per minute) as well as longer wear, reduced friction, and smoother inking. Greydon Inc., York, PA; 717/848-3875; www.greydon.com.
A company offers a line of water-activated tape (WAT) dispensers that produce tamper-evident, secure seals on packages. The 333 Plus is a manual WAT dispenser designed for light- to medium-volume packing. The 555e-series electric WAT dispenser has passed current UL requirements for electronic and operational safety. It is built to meet or exceed FCC, CE, CSA, and CUL regulatory requirements. The company also offers lines of tape, code taper accessories, and case sealers. Better Packages Inc., Shelton, CT; 800/237-9151; www.betterpackages.com.
A company introduces its linear guide designed to easily integrate into single- or double-axis gantry configurations. QuickTrak is available in belt- or screw-driven models for light industrial use in laboratory, medical, and packaging applications where precision-guided motion and corrosion resistance are critical. It operates at speeds up to 1 m/sec and handles loads up to 24 lb. It has polymer-overmolded stainless-steel wheels and an integral gearbox option. Bishop-Wisecarver Corp., Pittsburg, CA; 925/439-8272; www.bwc.com.
An ink-jet printer reproduces full-color, photo-quality images and bar codes on labels. The LX800 Color Label System prints with 4800 dpi resolution. The printed labels are waterproof and scratchproof. Short runs of product labels and box-end labels can be printed on demand with variable content. Substrates can include matte-finish labels as well as semi- and high-gloss materials. The LX800 comes equipped with printer drivers for Windows 2000/XP and label design software called NiceLabel SE, Primera Edition. Primera Technology, Plymouth, MN; 763/475-6676; www.primera.com.
A range of software libraries replaces redundant custom programming. PacDrive software libraries are designed to provide more-consistent, fast-executing control systems that are easier to maintain. They help reduce engineering workload, acceptance testing, and validation tasks by setting parameters for basic machine functions. The parameters are based on pretested, documented software modules developed in accordance with ISO 9001. The modular, reusable code makes control programs more consistent from machine to machine. The applications execute efficiently because much of the code is embedded in modular, IEC conforming software objects called function blocks. PacDrive Version 16, the latest programming template, features drag-and-drop ease of use and a graphical IEC sequential function chart structure for clear diagnostics. ELAU Inc., Schaumburg, IL; 847/490-4720; www.elau.com.
A plastic bottle unscrambler sorts a range of bottle types. Designed with a rotating vertical hopper and only two moving parts, the Necosort-III’s vertical hopper reduces the machine’s overall footprint for easy integration into tight production areas. The machine has only two moving parts: the discharge starwheel and the device that sorts and moves the bottles to the discharge starwheel. All major components of the system are easily accessible from a standing position for routine maintenance. Touch screen control and speed settings for each bottle type are standard. Nalbach Engineering Company, Inc., Countryside, IL; 708/579-9100; www.nalbach.com.
A company has expanded its line of robots to offer faster speeds, longer reaches, and IP 65-rated protection. Pro Six robots are designed for small-parts assembly, dispensing, and material handling. Pro Six models are six-axis robots that come standard with the company’s RC+ software. The PS3 model has a reach of up to 791 mm and has brakes on all axes. The PS5 model is available in ceiling, wall, and tabletop configurations. Both the PS3l and PS3LP models have a reach of up to 949 mm and are also available in ceiling, wall, and tabletop configurations. EPSON Robots, Carson, CA; 562/290-5910; www.robots.epson.com.
A company offers cantilever shelving for use with its horizontal carousels for automated storage and retrieval operations. Cantilever shelving increases flexibility and versatility by providing easy access to stored items from the top and front. The shelves are suitable for storing odd-shaped or large items or cases of items. The company’s horizontal carousels are easily configured for standard warehouse and manufacturing applications, as well as refrigerated environments up to -40°C. Carriers are designed to hold from 600 to 2500 lb. Bins and shelving can be installed in a range of widths and depths. Remstar International Inc., Westbrook, ME; 800/639-5805; www.remstar.com.
A company manufactures nonball leadscrews and linear actuators. The Mini ScrewRail consists of a precision-rolled leadscrew, supported by sealed bearings and contained within a concentric steel guide rail, driving an integrated nut bushing. The alignment requirements are achieved within the Mini ScrewRail, making support and positioning of the device less critical than with traditional slide assemblies. It is available in a 0.375-in. outside diameter, which is smaller than typical diameters of 0.5 to 1 in. The company’s Kerkote TFE coating on the leadscrew and guide rail minimizes drag torque and extends wear life. High-performance polymers make the entire assembly self-lubricating and maintenance-free. Kerk Motion Products, Hollis, NH; 603/465-7227; www.kerkmotion.com.