Suppliers showcased new packaging and processing solutions during Pack Expo Connects


For plants with limited floor space or a small budget, A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. says it offers a compact palletizer that is a simple and economical solution for increasing production and eliminating the cost and liability of manual operation. The palletizer occupies from 10% to 30% less floor space than conventional low-level palletizers do. Manufacturers will have the freedom of on-floor operation with an open profile for easy access and maintenance and full machine guarding. It is designed for long-term operation with heavy steel-frame construction, a reinforced and counterweighted elevator table, and a dual chain-driven layer-transfer mechanism.



Central States Industrial says the TrueClean ToteTilter is the solution for processors searching for a cost-effective and safe method to empty totes with less product waste. The ToteTilter uses pressurized air to gradually raise the tote as its weight decreases. This tilting feature allows the product to collect on the valve side of the container for a more thorough evacuation. Equipment safety is a primary concern, and the ToteTilter’s hand and optional foot valve enable operators to start the automated tilting process at a distance and minimize pinch-point hazards.



Delkor’s Performance case packer is engineered to handle a wide variety of primary package formats. It can handle many applications, including rigid bottles, containers, tubs, pouches, cans and even cartons. An ergonomic compact design combined with a quick three-minute changeover make the case packer one of the most flexible machines available, Delkor says. The machine’s patented intelligent synchronization technology allows for effective loading of nearly any product into cases, trays, retail-ready packages and brown-box shippers.



EPI says it has been designing labelers for flexible packaging for over 35 years. The EPI Flex Pac applies pressure-sensitive labels to virtually any surface of the package or product, making it ideal for reclosable, promotional or primary labels. The company’s strong partnerships with the vast majority of bagger/wrapper manufacturers ensure it is providing new, innovative and integrated labeling solutions. EPI takes the time to understand manufacturers’ equipment, applications and operations. The EPI Flex-Pac family easily integrates with a variety of packaging machines, including vertical form-fill-seal, pouch, horizontal form-fill-seal and stretch wrappers.



Festo says it packaged a mix of products with live product demonstrations at Pack Expo Connects. The presentation on the unexpected benefits of complying with food safety regulations was a highlight. The MPA-C IP69K washdown valve manifold and similar components designed for food and beverage applications were cited as being able to boost energy savings and improve machine performance. For example, no control cabinet is required for the MPA-C, allowing for faster installation and easier maintenance access. Additionally, shorter tubing, because the terminal is located nearer to actuators, improves cycle rates. The presenter said that if tubing length is reduced from 15 feet to 3 feet, cycle time becomes 50% faster.



Designed for new-generation manufacturers embracing the digital revolution, Fortress Technology’s Raptor checkweighers include an intelligent conveyor removal system and intuitive digital process-monitoring technology to advance inspection efficiency, target operational inefficiencies and slash product giveaway. The Raptor launch range comprises three systems — a single-frame standalone checkweigher, a compact 1.7-meter combination metal detector and checkweigher, and an extra-large case-weighing system for bigger applications. Innovative common features across the range include no-tool maintenance, digital software processing and a unique conveyor motor release. The Raptor’s accuracy of data capture and analytics is another Fortress breakthrough, the company says.