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Flow wrapper

The new Flowtronic 120AB flow wrapper from GEI Autowrappers (Wayne, PA) uses an Allen-Bradley PLC and a three-axis servomotor drive system for flexibility in a range of applications.
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.
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Case opener/loader/sealer

The Salwasser (Reedley, CA) Model M-50 automatic RSC case opener, loader and sealer uses servo-driven case opening and transfer drives to ensure positive motion at speeds up to 15 cases/min.
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Case printer

The Print-A-Code (PAC) Model 1 short-run case printer from James Dawson (Nepean, Ontario, Canada) provides a quick and inexpensive means of printing graphics onto corrugated cases.
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American Packaging Machinery: American Packaging Machinery: High-speed tray wrapper

The Model MCM-26 high-speed tray wrapper from American Packaging Machinery (McHenry, IL) can wrap up to 75 packages/min. Packages can be as large as 18" W x 16" L x 8" H.
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L-sealer

Indaseal Model 360 is an automatic in-line shrink wrap L-sealer from Bunzl (Indianapolis, IN) that will debut at Pack Expo West. This PLC-driven wrapper is capable of producing packages at medium speeds.
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Desiccant feeder

Omega Design (Exton, PA) has introduced the Model CDFI automatic indexing canister desiccant feeder. Using a 1-g canister desiccant, it runs at speeds to 120 pieces/min; up to 75/min for a double drop, and up to 55/min for a triple drop.
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Case packer

Packaging Automation's (Eagan, MN) Model PAC-H compact case packer is not much wider than the conveyor framework, allowing it to fit into lines where available floorspace is minimal.
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Sleeve wrap/bundler

Damark (Lewisville, TX) will introduce its HS Series sleeve wrap/bundler at Pack Expo West. Reaching speeds to 30 packages/min, the wrapper is controlled by a SLC 500 PLC and is equipped with heavy-duty electrical, mechanical and pneumatic components for continuous high- speed operation.
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Spanish training manuals

Two packaging machinery training manuals have been translated into Spanish by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) on Packaging Machines [Controladores Logicos Programables (PLC) en Maquinas Envasadoras] and Labeling (Etiquetado).

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