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Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc: Volumetric filler

Spee-Dee's (Sturtevant, WI) volumetric cup fillers now include PLCs to facilitate use of photoeyes and sensors and to ease interfaces with other equipment on the line.
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Oden Corporation: Liquid filling systems

New literature from Oden (Buffalo, NY) details NET/MASS fully automatic net weight liquid filling systems. Designed for products ranging from free flowing to very viscous that change viscosity or density during the fill run, and for products that must be labeled by weight content.
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Divelbiss Corp.: IEC 1131-3 training

Divelbiss (Fredericktown, OH) now offers training courses for the IEC 1131-3 programming standard. Certified by the PLCopen organization that promulgates the standard, the three-day training program is conducted at the company's headquarters, although on-site training is also available.
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GE Fanuc Automation: Programming software

VersaPro(TM) PLC programming software for Windows(TM)-based personal computers is available from GE Fanuc Automation (Charlottesville, VA). Supports both Instruction List and Relay Ladder Diagram programming editors and provides switching capabilities between the two languages.
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GEI Intl. Inc: Flow wrapper

The new Flowtronic 120SF wrapping machine from GEI Intl. (Exton, PA) can produce up to 1ꯠ packs/min. Suitable for the confectionery industry, the machine features an Allen-Bradley PanelView(TM) 600 color display unit for tool-free adjustment of key parameters.
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Plastic padded mailer

AirJacket(TM) is an all-plastic padded mailer from PAC National (Redmond, WA). Made of a durable, moisture-resistant, multi-layered PE film laminated to an interior bubble-type lining for cushioning protection.
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Induction sealing control system

The Assists 2000 is a new, PLC-based induction sealing control system from Enercon Industries (Menomonee Falls, WI). The system's capabilities provide four operating and control modes, hold five preset product menus (including set power level, coil height, eject delay, eject time and stalled bottle delay), provide a critical fault monitor and a series of help menus.
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Ilapak, Inc: Vertical f/f/s machine

The Vegatronic 400XL from Ilapak (Newton, PA) is an improved version of its standard vf/f/s machine. To facilitate settling of product in the bag, 5" have been added between the jaws and the forming tube.
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Electro Cam Corporation: Programmable limit switches

A white paper from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) titled "Internal High-Speed Logic" explains in plain language what a programmable limit switch is and how it performs machine logic by using inputs from sensors and switches to trigger outputs such as solenoids.
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FANUC Robotics: Robot controller

R-J3 robot controller from FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) is said to be faster and easier to maintain while being compatible with existing robot programs and R-J2 platforms.

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