Placement/Feeder Systems(38 companies)
Placement or inserter machines and friction feeders that deposit items, such as product literature or desiccant sacks, into a package. Plan to purchase new conveying, feeding and handling equipment? Explore our articles to get tips.
ABOX Automation Corp.
The PD2XL Pouch Dispenser is designed by ABOX Automation to be a highly cost effective way to insert small pouches into a large variety of bottles and containers. It can be used for desiccants, oxygen absorbers, Sensormatic Security Strips, and a wide variety of other products. With its inline design, the unit requires only 24 inches of conveyor space to operate allowing it to squeeze into a tight packaging line. The unit is also available with a gating system or timing screw package that are attached directly to the machine, allowing the entire system to be moved from line to line. The PD2XL also comes with a full color touch screen HMI that can offer both English and Spanish allowing for easy operation.
Acasi Machinery is an original equipment manufacturer of bottle unscrambler as well as cap feeding and orienting systems used on liquid filling lines using plastic and metal containers The TruSort-48 unscrambler features a 48-in. diameter prefeeder that handles plastic and metal containers in a wide range of sizes, from ounces to gallons.
Accent Label Automation
The Accent Xpress Feeder AXF26 from Accent Label Automation is an automatic feeder designed to propel pouches and even cartons at high speeds into other equipment such as labelers or inkjet coding conveyors. This automatic feeder is a standalone unit, allowing it to be paired with a large array of equipment. The AXF26 is capable of running 200 pouches/min of various materials and characteristics and can feed Ziplock and child resistant pouches without closing the zipper or causing jams.
AT Information Products
High-speed feeding systems go hand-in-hand with Markoprint printers to allow for the coding of various packaging materials, including flat boxes, cartons, hang cards, sleeves and pouches. Available as standalone friction feeders or fully integrated feeding/coding systems, AT Information's packaging feeders are designed to feed items reliably and consistently across different thicknesses. Machines include the RF Case feeder, handling the automatic feeding of outer case packaging such as boxes in their flat form, and the RF Pouch, using vacuum pick-and-place technology to convey various flat bags, pouches and other flexible materials.
BW Flexible Systems
Streamfeeder brand friction feeders offer solutions for batch counting a wide variety of printed paper and plastic card products, tipping and affixing many types of products, mail feeding and handling, as well as inkjet printing solutions for coding and verification.
Streamfeeder helps customers in the mailing, printing and graphics and packaging industries increase productivity and profitability. Whether it is a single feeder or a complete integrated system, Streamfeeder offers broad experience and knowledge to solve the most challenging production automation problems. Feeding systems include marketing material, catalog and instruction inserters as well as complete systems for collating, tip-on/affixing, package inserting, bar code reading as well as custom solutions such as bag feeding, inspection, plow folding, and more.
Campbell Wrapper Corporation
Campbell’s automatic feeding equipment for wrapping applications provides synchronized flight loading of products onto the wrapper infeed. Company’s non-contact feeders are designed for delicate or sticky products such as bars or items that cannot be exposed to backlog pressure. Light-contact feeders employ servo drives to accumulate products with light backlog pressure and automatically meter incoming products into a flighted conveyor chain. Grouping feeders accept a random or intermittent supply of product and transform it into a light-contact or non-contact accumulated backlog of product, suitable for metering to a wrapper infeed, feeding two, three and four counts per flight. On-edge cookie/cracker feeder systems are also available from Campbell Wrapper.
Capmatic supplies bottle unscramblers as well as equipment for feeding and inserting desiccants and cotton into bottles for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical packaging applications. SortStar™ bottle unscrambler is designed to handle a wide range of plastic bottles. Using centrifugal disks and adjustable guides, the SortStart can run most bottles without the use of any change parts. Other machines include the SorbStar™ desiccant inserter, which runs at speeds of up to 300 bottles/min., the CottonStar™ dual-unit system featuring a servo-driven cutting knife and reaching speeds of up to 240 bottles/min. and the SynchroBlock™ desiccant/cotton inserter, which feeds multiple desiccants.
Cavanna Packaging USA
Cavanna Packaging USA specializes in equipment for flow wrapped cookies, biscuits, and snacks, including feeding and pick-and-place systems. The P4 is a robotic pick-and-place system, designed as a compact and fast solution for automatically loading either flow wrapped goods or trays. Robots’ belt track systems allow them to work directly in continuous or intermittent motion at speeds up to 80 cycles/min. Cavanna’s inline Stream belt feeder helps load bars, chocolate bars, extruded food products, snacks, cookies and biscuits with regular or irregular shapes from the processing line and deliver them to the wrapping machines. Handles fragile, dusty and sticky products carefully, conveying them without pressure or contact between individual pieces.
CVC Technologies, Inc.
CVC is a designer and manufacturer of feeding and inserting equipment including bottle unscramblers as well as cotton and desiccant inserters used in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and related bottling lines. The CVC Bottle Unscrambler is designed to automatically feed bottles from a bin and place them upright onto a conveyor at speeds of up to 200 bottles per minute. This PLC-controlled unscrambler comes standard with a 6-in. touch screen panel. Options include ionized air rinse with vacuum, fallen bottle sensor with return to bin, low level hopper sensor, tower lamp, and static eliminator bar. CVC inserters include the CVC1117 Cotton Inserter, engineered to insert polyester, rayon, or cotton coil into containers at speeds up to up to 60 bottles/min., and the CVC1103 Pouch Desiccant Inserter, which cuts desiccant packets from a roll and inserts them into containers at speeds of up to 120 bottles per minute.
Deitz Company offers the Pharmafill line of automated cotton inserters, desiccant inserters, and tablet counters/inserters for pharmaceutical, nutritional and other solid dosage forms.
Del Packaging, Ltd
DEL manufactures cap, lid and parts feeders used on bottling and container packaging lines. Rotary, pick-and-place, and elevator style feeders are used to feed caps to a DEL overcapper or lidder, or operate as a stand-alone system. DEL’s offers two rotary cap/parts feeder sizes (47- and 62-in. designs), the size of which is determined by production rate and cap/part characteristics. DEL’s three cap sorter elevator comes in 24-, 30-, or 36-in. belt widths. Caps are manually dumped into a 20-, 30-, or 40- cu ft. hopper, where a slightly angled vertical belt with cleats carries the caps upward toward the feeder exit. DEL’s feeders are capable of feeding round, square, or irregular shaped caps.
Engineered Automation of Maine
Engineered Automation of Maine (EAM Inc.) offers the Cooper Feeder, a high-speed card stock and foil pouch feeding system. Comes with encoder and trigger outputs and is fully capable of being integrated into labelers, barcode verifiers and printers. Features positive individual feeds using an active stack lifter and vacuum take-away.
G&K Vijuk International (Vijuk Equipment)
Continuous-load folded-leaflet feeders from Vijuk can be installed onto a packaging line to insert leaflets directly into cartons along with the product, even on blister-packaging lines. The feeders may run on the packaging line’s chain or toothed-belt drive on a 1:1 ratio, with the drive on either the left or right side of the feeder. Delivery of the leaflets may be to the left or right in order to interact with the packaging line. Several models are available with optional accessories to suit customer requirements, including one that will turn leaflets 90º if necessary for proper orientation. Production speed is up to 400 leaflets/min., depending on the size and type of leaflet. Depending on model, feeders will accommodate leaflet sizes from 1-1/8” x 1-1/8” to 12-1/8” x 4-1/8”, and thicknesses from 1 mm to 8 mm.
Graphic Packaging International
Graphic Packaging’s pick-and-place machines are available in multiple construction grades to suit the production environment. Quick-change magazines and vacuum stem tooling provide reliable product changeovers. Reciprocating placers achieve speeds of up to 90 ppm per lane while rotary placers reach rates of up to to 450 ppm. Intermittent or continuous motion application solutions are available. Optional stacked lanes or powered magazines can increase output. Typical products handled include literature, neck tags, magnets, trays, pouches and most other stackable items.
Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC
Packaging infeeds and outfeeds are designed to manage sorting, orientating, allocating, positioning and inserting products in a quick and safe manner without damaging the product. Harpak-ULMA Packaging LLC designs automatic feeding systems that can be integrated into lines for applications such as accumulation and controlling infeed and outfeed of wrapped products. Line can be complemented with the ULMA D12H robot for loading and side cartoner system.
Hoosier Feeder Company
Hoosier Feeder Company offers custom systems designed feeding systems built to the requirements of their customers. Vibratory feeders orient and discharge parts in a repeatable position during assembly and other applications. Linear feeders come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit the customer’s specific application. The HFC Flex Feeder is designed to present parts in a consistent array so that robots guided by vision inspection can effectively pick and place parts.
HSAUSA supplies various pouch and case feeding systems, including the VFS-1000 vertical feeding system, designed to feed zippered pouches allowing pouches to be placed vertically on for easier stacking, allowing end users to put many zippered pouches on the in-feed conveyor for several minutes of run time, with the number limited only by the length of the conveyor. The HFS-2000 horizontal feed system feeds cartons and bags laying flat, with a special focus on packages that are too large for standing on edge. Other machines include the VCT-3000 vertical case transport feeds flat shipping cases for labeling or ink jet printing and the MFS-4000 manual feed system to manually place pouches or bags one at a time onto a conveyor for labeling or printing.
The KR725 bag feeder from Kirk-Rudy is designed to feed difficult large flat bags one at a time from a stack onto a vacuum conveyor for printing and/or labeling. The pick-and-place suction cup mechanism removes the top bag off a stack and feeds it onto the conveyor. The automatic stack loader allows the operator to load a stack of bags while the previously loaded stack is already being fed into the unit, providing continuous feeding.
LoeschPack PPT USA
LoeschPack makes buffering and feeding systems for chocolate bars, chewing gum and other products. Product line includes the LOMATIC automatic feeding and distribution system for bars, the IR-2D two-axis transfer unit or the chicane conveyor for small-size chocolate productions, vibratory feeders for roll wrapping round chocolate pieces and feeding systems individually tailored to the application of the customer. Transfer units pick mould contents fully or in part from counter moulds or plates. The chocolate products are fed into the packaging machines by mould or row.
Longford International LTD
Longford International offers a wide range of machines that feed and insert materials into cartoning equipment, form/fill/seal systems, package print finishing and other equipment. Feeding equipment includes friction feeders, batch counters, pharmaceutical insert feeders, bandolier feeders, sachet feeders, grouping friction feeders, roller feeders, tipping systems, pouch feeders and much more. Highlighted is the B350/B700 pharmaceutical insert feeder, which comes in a variety of widths; system integrates with any bar code or vision system and uses inline reject, product lock box and count totalizers for 100% validation of pharmaceutical leaflets, transdermal patches and more. The PF700 High Speed Pouch Feeder was developed to feed spice packs, seasoning packs, sauce packs and more from a continuous bandolier format and insert them into the buckets of cartoning lines or into the forming tube of a vertical form/fill/seal system.
MW Automation is a supplier of feeding equipment shuttle feeder systems, disk feeder systems, vibratory bowl feeder integration, as as well as product spreading and laning.
The MFT ip3 friction feeder is Multifeeder Technology’s flagship product. Integrated into system solutions by Multifeeder or purchased as off-the-shelf components, Multifeeder Technology friction feeders are designed for 24-hour operation. All of our friction feeders are powered by a 750 watt (one horsepower) brushless servo motor, making friction feeders strong and robust enough for the most demanding applications.
Morrison Container Handling Solutions
Morrison Container Handling Solutions offers customized container handling solutions and timing screw technology used for a wide range of applications across many industries. Morrison has developed timing screw drive units, change parts, and timing screws that maximize efficiency, productivity, and ensure quality outcomes for feeding and inserting applications on packaging lines. Designed for maximum flexibility, drive units can be specially designed for a new application or to replace existing drives. With Morrison’s metering, indexing, orienting, unscrambling, and counting solutions, the machine operator has complete control. Systems positively control the container to position it in the orientation, pattern, or lane needed. Recent examples of customized solutions include orienting systems for handled jugs, a rotary orienting system using feed screws, starts and guides for nutraceutical bottles, adaptive orienting systems employing timing screws for one-gallon tea jugs, orienting systems for aerosol cans and syringes and more.
New England Machinery
New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM) supplies two types of continuous motion scoop feeders. The NESFD scoop feeder dropper sorts, feeds, and drops scoops into empty upside-down cans. NEM's NESFP scoop feeder placer sorts, feeds, and places scoops into filled containers and gently compresses them down to brings scoops below the container neck, allowing for sealing and/or capping without the worry of product dust or scoops sticking up or out.
Performance Feeders, Inc.
Performance Feeders specializes in customized parts feeding systems including vibratory feeder bowls, vision feeding systems, step feeders, centrifuge feeders, prefeeders, orienting elevators, and related feeding products. The Vari-Flex parts feeding system is designed for vision analysis and robot part selection via backlight compatible belt conveyor or by a recirculating turntable. They offer a variety of solutions for complex part geometries, small parts and families of parts that are not easily fed in conventional feeder systems.
Pineberry Manufacturing supplies several models of friction feeders used for automatically loading products, product literature (i.e., booklets, leaflets) and flat media (i.e., zipper pouches, envelopes, die-cut specialty pieces) into packages. Friction feeders are used with folding machines, vacuum conveyors, collation systems, printing machinery, vertical carton insertion, flat desiccant feeding and much more. The HSF series handles a variety of applications in widths up to 28 inches. Company can integrate its optional Pineberry Autoloader to automatically load the HSF Friction Feeder with products and flat media.
Posimat supplies several models of bottle unscramblers and bottle orienting systems that handle light, heavy, cylindrical, oval or asymmetric bottles in a range of styles, formats and sizes, in addition to cap feeding and sorting equipment. Posimat's robotic unscramblers include the POSIROBOT system that unscrambles at up to 115 units/min. Posimat's specialty unscramblers for the pharmaceutical industry include the MICRO ASEPTIC unscrambler. GIRAMAT is a machine designed to reorient bottles that have left an unscrambler if they must be faced towards a particular direction.
Remtec Automation, LLC
Remtec’s picking robot systems utilize high-speed parallel-link robots (“spider robots”), along with robot vision and high-speed line tracking to handle random oriented product feeding. Pick-and-place loading into cartons, pouches, and thermoforms at speeds to 240 ppm.
Ronchi America LLC
RONCHI bottle feeding, orienting and puck handling systems are used in applications for cosmetic, personal care, household, pharmaceutical products and food industries.
Schubert North America LLC
Schubert’s robotic pick-and-place systems pack naked or pre-packed products of various consistencies into packaging materials. Picker lines are designed to easily switch from applications, i.e., from picking jobs using destacked plastic trays to ones using erected cardboard trays. Available in Scara or Delta designs, pick-and-place systems feature the Schubert Vision System and use the counterflow principle to guarantee product quality and completely filled trays. Scalable, custom solutions depending on the client’s needs are possible; Schubert’s largest pick-and-place machine to date comprises 48 F4 robots.
Serpa Packaging is a supplier of high-speed insert feeding systems used as auxiliary equipment in cartoning applications that require an insert in applications such as pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, personal care, medical device and others. Feeding systems feature a patent pending design engineered to solve major insert feeding issues in these applications. Feeding systems provide maximum access to all of the components from one side of the machine while maintaining a compact footprint.
Shibuya Hoppmann Corp.
Shibuya Hoppmann has over 60 years experience building, designing, tooling, and optimizing unscramblers to build creative solutions for parts handling needs. Shibuya Hoppmann’s centrifugal feeders handle small and large parts alike, and meet a vast range of parts-per-minute rate demands. Applications have included distillery bottle unscramblers, dairy cap sorters, frozen sausage feeders, household sponge feeders, lip balm unscramblers, caulking tube feed systems, wrapped pharmaceutical syringe feed systems, and contact lens case feed systems.
Silgan Equipment Company
Silgan supplies patented closure handling and feeding systems to ensure precise orientation and timing for maximum uptime and smooth operation on capping lines. Designed to deliver a wide range of metal closures, Silgan’s line of closure hoppers, elevator feed hoppers, sorting hoppers, inline cap dryers, product diverters, and related feeding equipment are rugged, reliable, and designed for easy maintenance and are available with custom features such as air conveyors and chutes.
Straight Shooter Equipment Company
Straight Shooter supplies a variety of feeders that handle packaging applications. The D-12 feeder is designed to feed products into collators, shrink wrap equipment, plow folders, inkjet equipment. The C-12 continuous feeder is engineered for jetting, tabbing, folding and other applications requiring high speed continuous feed of single pieces
Superior Product Handling Solutions, Inc.
Superior Product Handling Solutions offers versatile friction/vacuum feeders that handle over 2,000 product types. Full range of feeders from the most economical to the most advanced controls and the highest speed feeders is offered.
Syntegon is an integrated robotics specialist. The new RPP (robotic pick-and-place) platform is engineered for automated applications of product handling, feeding and loading for primary and secondary packaging processes. Featuring modular scalability within a compact footprint, the RPP’s platform is designed to fulfill end users' needs in terms of performance and flexibility.
WeighPack Systems Inc. / Paxiom
WeighPack manufactures feeding and inserting equipment to help feed product to the next packaging step. Product line ranges from automatic unscrambling machines and rotary tables to bulk feed hoppers and conveyors, vibratory pans, and robotic loaders for flow wrappers.
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