First Glance – March 2009
April 2, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff
POWER PLAYDynamic Conveyor Corporation has added the new Powered Transfer module to its line of DynaCon modular conveyor systems and accessories as a cost-effective means of ensuring smooth and consistent transport of products as small as two inches from conveyor to conveyor by utilizing a small plastic, link-style chain to ensure a stable, flexible base for smooth product transitions. Offering a choice of two belting options and various widths and heights—with both single and variable-speed motors—the new module can achieve speeds of up to 100 feet per minute, according to the company, while providing optimal flexibility by being able to increase or decrease product spacing as per specific application requirements.
The newly-redesigned, high-speed XPdius Elite vertical form/fill/seal packaging machine from WeighPack Systems Inc. features an open machine design that allows easy access to all operating functions of the machine, without any hard-to-reach places, clutter or other obstructions to get in the way of quick and easy cleaning and servicing, while providing full access to the machine’s mechanics from all four sides. Well-suited for high-speed bagging of snack-foods, pet-food, meat, poultry, seafood, grains, powders, fresh and frozen produce, pharmaceuticals, baked goods, etc., the XPdius Elite is designed to ensure quick-changeover capability with an easy-to-wind film roller assembly, precise film tracking that keeps film centered at all times, and an onboard film splicing table. Boasting an adjustable articulated panel for its touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface), the new XPdius Elite can produce a wide variety of bag sizes and types— gusset, pillow-bags and daisy-chain pouches—at operating speeds of up to 120 bags per minute.
Constantia Hueck Foils has developed a new range of high-slip foil for tamper-evident caps and lidding used for protecting the contents and sealing in the freshness of products packaged inside bottles, cups and other food-and-beverage containers. Available in both printed and unprinted versions, as well as in retort applications, the easy-peel, leak-resistant foil is engineered to ensure consistently high performance on a broad variety of container materials—including PP, PS, PET, COC, HDPE and LDPE—with its low-friction texture reducing the need for high air pressure in the packaging machinery chute, resulting in much less dust residue and build-up. Developed in conjunction with major packaging machinery manufacturers such as Sidel, Stork, Serac, Bosch and Krones, according to the company, the foil’s ability to minimize dust levels and resulting equipment jams enables significant machine downtime reduction, while its easy-peel construction can greatly enhance the consumer-friendliness of many tamper-evident packages.