Canadian Packaging

First Glance – May 2009


June 8, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff

WEIGHT CONTROL
Developed specifically for high-accuracy applications, the new Verita gram scale from WeighPack Systems Inc. is a sensitive, high-precision gram scale capable of measuring weight-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals and garden seeds in 0.1-gram increments. Incorporating newly-developed control logic, loadcells and an innovative mechanical design, the Verita gram scale achieves high accuracy by mounting the weigh bucket and loadcells on a separate stand from the hopper and pans—ensuring that vibrations from the hopper and pans do not interfere with the stand-alone weigh bucket. Easily interfaced with a broad range of auxiliary packaging equipment, the stainless-steel Verita offers of wealth of standard features—including a detached bucket-door opening device, an easy-to read articulating control panel with adjustable bulk and dribble settings, and “no-weight” calibration.

VALUE PROPOSITION
Multivac Inc. has expanded its selection of compact thermoform fill-seal packaging systems with two value-priced models—including the entry-level R105 and the slightly larger R125 system—to provide smaller growing businesses with an affordable means of taking advantage of the company’s highly efficient and reliable thermoforming technology to reduce material and labor costs, boost output, and substantially improve the reliability, functionality and aesthetics of the package, according to Multivac. Built with standard tooling, both the R105 and R125 thermoforming machines are available for immediate shipment from the company’s central facility in Kansas City, Mo., with both models also eligible for purchase by using the company’s attractive financing programs.

HEIGHT ADVANTAGE
The new high-capacity spiral conveyors from Ryson International, Inc.­­—designed specifically for conveying and material handling applications required to accommodate greater heights and to handle more weight—provide load capacity of 75 pounds per linear foot of conveyor for speeds of up to 200-fpm (feet per minute), according to the company, which more than doubles the capacity of Ryson’s regular spiral conveyor models. Requiring only one drive motor for operation—resulting in substantial savings in terms of energy, controls and system integration requirements—the chain slat-type conveyors incorporate a proprietary low-friction design to facilitate high speed, low noise, smooth operation and long service-life, with their modular design allowing plenty of room for further customizing and/or expansion to suit a multitude of individual application requirements. Offered in models with 16-inch- and 24-inch-wide support slats, the spiral conveyors require considerably less floorspace than conventional conveyor configurations, according to the company, while offering a much faster and more reliable alternative to lifts or elevators.