The company’s new product features a reconfigured carbon fiber arm-set, an improved delta plate for heavier weights and upgraded motion tuning.
“It can pick up product as gently as it needs to, and this new 8 kg model would expand fresh produce applications for heavier foods like bananas,” said Alex Miller, of AE Miller Marketing Group, Thiensville, Wis., representing ABB.
Account manager Jeff Voll said one customer is already using an ABB FlexPicker for pears.
“It can pick pears off a flatbed conveyor and into a protected nest or tray. A vacuum picks up the round side of the pear,” Voll said, noting the machine could be good for peppers, cucumbers and apples, too, but testing of the machine on those is ongoing.
Other FlexPicker series advantages include easy washdown and conveyor tracking performance.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.-based A-B-C Packaging introduced its Model 436 case sealer combining interchangeable tape and adhesive sealing.
The machine’s modular design is geared to allow packagers of snack-sized packs to quickly switch from one sealing method to another.
“This provides the most practical and cost-effective solution for our snack manufacturer customers who need maximum flexibility in a compact machine,” said Bryan Sinicrope, vice president of sales and marketing.
The sealer boasts speeds to 50 cases per minute.
GE Intelligent Platforms
Charlottesville, Va.-based GE Intelligent Platforms featured speakers addressing data concerns fresh produce company personnel are facing with regard to food safety, traceability and innovation.
Katie Moore, global industry manager for food and beverage division, provided insight on GE’s food safety software featuring mobile real-time operational data; and using advanced software and raw material intelligence to prevent food recalls.
Jeff Bartoletti, business leader, manufacturing food safety, guided attendees on how to use software to “leverage the critical insight, consistency and transparency needed to identify and address potential food safety issues while products are still within the factory walls.”
Mettler Toledo showcased several new products at Pack Expo 2013.
The Aurora, Ill.-based company’s Safeline PowerChek Plus X-ray inspection system is geared for product contamination inspection standards of volume producers of bulk and packaged food.