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PPMA-a cursory glance.

The PPMA Show at Telford Exhibition Centre, St Quentin Gate opens on October 19th for a three day run. As many readers will now know, this is a machinery-only exhibition for processing and packaging machinery. Whilst it could be most important you get to visit the show, what will you see? Below we publish a short selection of standholders' information.

Sussex and Berkshire Machinery Co Ltd

Sussex and Berkshire is launching a new style of checkweigher at the show, demonstrating how software-driven functions within the weighcell of the Optima EC1000 can provide increased flexibility and unrestricted communication with other machines. It uses a weighcell with its own central processing unit, which allows all functions to be driven by software, rather that the more usual hard-wired circuitry. In turn, this allows communication with other equipment and avoids the need for individual control systems and operator panels, allowing a number of units to be set up and controlled from a local or remotely sited PC.

Also being shown for the first time in the UK is the MAF Combimatic 700 compact wraparound tray and case packer/lidder that will provide both wraparound case and tray packing with lidding in a single machine. For tube filling an economy tube feeding system on IWK's TFS10 tube filler with a hot air sealing system will be on show and the same company's CPE intermittent motion cartoner will be on view for the first time in the UK.

Avery Berkel UK

Avery Berkel will be exhibiting new products from their expanded packaging and labelling range. Their intelligent outer case markers meet the exacting requirements of the supermarkets for bar-coded labelling of traded unit packs up to 160kg. The latest 7100OCM system provides the necessary dispatch documentation demanded by the big chains.

The 900 Series weigh/price labellers control in-house production of bar-coded labels for retail packs. This series includes automatic machines, hand-operated workstations and fully computerised installations - all capable of handling a wide range of label options, both in terms of size and shape, and via their memory store.

Wrapping systems will also be seen on this stand: Surewrap automatic stretchwrappers with integrated scales, and Surevac vacuum packaging machines. All these units come in various configurations.

Markem Systems Ltd

At the stand visitors will be able to see the 962 Touch Dry ink-jet system that will provide enhanced efficiency and cleanliness for small character package coding. Thermoplastics ink blocks can be inserted into the reservoir whilst the unit is running, and characters up to an inch high can be printed.

Markem are also introducing the 9100 digital-to-print coding system. Using thermal transfer print technology, this 9100 Series of compact computer-controlled units has been designed for installation on vertical and low speed horizontal form fill seal lines. It offers 2 and 4in. print widths. Their latest Scanmark bar-code label system is one of a series featuring automatic pallet and case labelling application.

Newtec UK Ltd

Newtec have gained the first orders in the UK for their Hamson case overpackers, and the first of these will be on display prior to delivery. This will be the first public showing of the overpacker outside North America.

This overwrapper is a new concept developed, after many years' experience in case packing, by a Canadian, Carl Hamson. It uses a Wexxar pin engagement system rather than vacuum case opening, which is more tolerant of the variety of cases that can be used.

Ultrapac Ltd

Most of the machines on the Ultrapac stand are being shown in the UK for the first time.

From Muller one will be able to see a product handling system that will handle solids, liquids and pastes. From Maschimpex will come the Sortomat multi-lane tablet and confectionery unit that will sort for both diameter and thickness on the one machine, or the Diasort/elevator combination is a diameter only sorter. From Ackley visitors will see a single lane off-set gravure printer for printing tablets, capsules and confectionery products.

The new CF1230 12-channel modular all-stainless steel tablet and capsule counter from Cremer will be there. The BCM Mini is a compact multi-channel fully adjustable unit for unscrambling small containers at speeds up to 150 per minute. The KFVG 201 monobloc filling and capping machine from Groninger features valve-less rotary piston pumps and an automatic feeder delivering caps to a screw-capping head. A rotary cup filler from Waldner will be on the stand; this will be the Dosomat 2 rotary cup filling and closing machine.

Yamato Lock Inspection Systems Ltd

Visitors will see the latest additions to the Yamato Lock range of checkweighers and metal detectors. The new CE1000 checkweigher has been designed to weigh at speeds up to 500 packs a minute and it already holds European Approval. In an age where standardisation is the norm, the company will individually design and build their range of checkweighers to suit a particular industry.

Their Metalchek range of metal detectors has been upgraded to include sealing to IP66, TQM networking facilities, product tracking and multi-lingual software. The Ferrochek range of metal detectors has been re-engineered, concentrating magnetic fields within specific areas to provide increased sensitivity over a range of aperture sizes.

Masterfil Ltd

On show at this company's stand will be a range of semi and fully automatic volumetric liquid filling machines and Mastercap, their fully automatic capping system.

Their range of semi automatic machines can fill a variety of liquids, creams and semi solids. The company's fully automatic in-line filling machines have been designed to grow with production requirements - extra heads can be added to match increased outputs and they can be supplied with a variety of nozzles to suit the product being filled.

Their Mastercap capping system can operate at speeds up to 60 caps a minute and it incorporates a number of cap-handling innovations. Caps can be loaded into the hopper at waist level and the levator unscrambles and orientates the caps as it elevates so that each cap is positioned correctly for the chute.

Harland Machine Systems

The fruits of 21 years of continuous development in pressure-sensitive labelling machinery development will be evident amongst the models displayed on this stand. Harlands claim to cover every sphere of labelling requirement, from branding to product identification or decoration, tamper-evidence, sales promotion or instructions.

On their stand visitors will see a comprehensive demonstration of their Pictor direct thermal/thermal transfer print and apply labelling system with newly enhanced software. For the first time in the UK they will show the Sirius base labeller with microprocessor control, again with upgraded software.

Their Proteus label application system will feature as a leading exhibit, and will be used to demonstrate wrap and top labelling. The latest addition to their range, the Neptune, is a microprocessor-controlled labelling system intended for the dairy and soft drinks industry.
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Title Annotation:PPMA Ltd. show at Telford Exhibition Centre
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Date:Sep 1, 1993
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