Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in New Products
A manufacturer offers reciprocating placers designed to provide laborsaving solutions for operations including counting, stacking, and feeding into wrappers and cartoners. The placers feature inclined hoppers and vacuum generators. They also feature pneumatic or gear motor drives. The machines can perform up to 60 placing or feeding operations per minute. They also feature tubular steel frames with leveling feet. Other optional features are available. Packaging Systems Automation Inc., Plymouth, MN; 763/473-1032; www.psautomation.com.
Vacuum conveyors feature an enclosed design for hygienic and safe transport of powders and granules in manufacturing or processing environments. The C-series of vacuum conveyors feature pneumatically driven vacuum pumps that enable the conveyors to transport 10–15 tons per hour. The filter is designed to trap particles down to 0.3 µm. It can be equipped with a high-efficiency particle arrestment (HEPA) filter. The manufacturer of- fers installation, operation, and performance qualification information for validating its C-21 and C-33 vacuum conveyors. PIAB USA Inc., Hingham, MA; 800/321-7422; www.piab.com.
A contract packaging company offers packaging designed to be theft resistant and easy for consumers to open. That package design starts with a transparent film that is stretched over the product, ensuring correct product orientation and providing almost complete visibility at the point of purchase. On either side of the film is cardstock that features printed information such as the product name and ingredients. StretchCard packaging is designed to deter shoplifting with its tamperevident construction. DMI, Wharton, NJ; 973/328-1600; www.dminj.com.
A company offers an optional label-removal system on its pressure-sensitive labelers. Both the Auto-Colt III and Model 334 charger can feature the optional system that is designed to eliminate defective labels being applied to bottles. Traditional label systems apply all the labels that are on a roll and subsequently reject bottles with defective labels. The removal system is designed to detect defective labels prior to application and then transfer the defective labels to a separate roll. The company can retrofit its labelers in the field and supply new labelers with the optional removal system. NJM/CLI, Lebanon, NH; 603/448-0300; www.njmcli.com.
Pouch Band Sealer
A continuous band sealer is designed to offer verification ports for complete, visible validation of medical pouches. The rotary band-sealing system features larger heating and cooling zones than previous models for faster sealing of difficult material. It can seal pouches at up to 40 ft/min. Heavy-duty, wear-resistant, lam- inated Teflon bands are used to make hermetic seals 1¼- or 3¼-in. wide. The sealer can be positioned over existing conveyors. It also features an adjustable stand. A single-line embossing coder for product marking is available. All Packaging Machinery Corp., Ronkonkoma, NY; 631/588-7310; www.allpackagingmachinery.com.