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Hooper Engineering: Hf/f/s system with Internet link

Hooper’s (Sarasota, FL) N2500 hf/f/s machine has a server embedded in its PLC, which enables monitoring of production data and service statistics from anywhere in the world via the Internet.
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Vf/f/s labeler

EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) has introduced a Flex-Pac Labeler™ that integrates to Ishida APEX vf/f/s bagmakers. Applies single-ply or multi-ply, coupon stock or reclosable labels as the bags are being filled.
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PLC catalog

GE Fanuc (Charlottesville, VA) has released a color catalog describing its new line of VersaMax™ Nano and Micro programmable logic controllers. Devices combine PLC and I/O into 1 unit that can fit in 1 hand.
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Hayssen, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Vf/f/s system

The Ultima® ST vf/f/s bagger from Hayssen (Duncan, SC) measures bag lengths faster than conventional machines, says the company, allowing more time for the filling and sealing stages.
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Steeplechase Software Inc: PC-based control handbook

The Practical Guide to PC-based control & flow chart programming published by Steeplechase Software (Ann Arbor, MI), addresses concerns in moving from PLC to PC-based control.
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Nyden Corporation: Single-axis stepper control

Single-axis board-level PLG200 stepping motor controller from Nyden Corp. (San Jose, CA), interfaces with all standard 2- and 5-phase stepping motor drives and motors.
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Labeler for vf/f/s machines

Designed for integration with Ishida Apex vf/f/s equipment, the Flex-Pac labeler from EPI (New Freedom, PA) applies p-s labels—including coupon, multi-ply and reclosable styles—to fronts or backs of packages.
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Omega Design Corp.: Bottle unscrambler

The Bauman ACO bottle unscrambler from Omega Design (Exton, PA) requires no tools for container changeover. Handling 500-mL to 5-L bottles at speeds from 150 to 600/min, automatic changeover is directed through a PLC.
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European Packaging Machinery, Inc: Tf/f/s machine for food applications

Alfa Machine (Athens, Greece), represented in the U.S. by European Packaging Machinery (Tennent, NJ), has introduced a new tf/f/s machine for the food industry.
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Palletizer

With a single rear infeed, the 910 Series palletizer from Alvey (St. Louis, MO) runs in continuous motion to load cases at speeds from 60 to 120 cases/min.

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