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Friction feeders

Thiele Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) new series of friction feeders can work consistently with most printing, labeling, and packaging equipment at speeds to 4귔" of sheet material/min.
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Fieldbus interface

The Profibus process fieldbus interface card from Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) is designed for the company's HI 2160RC loss-in-weight rate controller.
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Mid-size PLC

The C200H Alpha is a new mid-size PLC from Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) that integrates enhanced communications and connectivity options with I/O versatility and speeds to produce a versatile and powerful programmable controller.
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Packaging controller for PLCs

Advanced Micro Controls (Terryville, CT) has introduced a packaging controller for Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI) SLC 500 programmable logic controllers.
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PET bottles

Knap-Pac (Ft. Lee, NJ) and Robb Container (Naperville, IL) have introduced a line of PET bottles suited for the cosmetics and personal care markets.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

A new series of vertical form/ fill/seal machines from Packaging Aids (San Rafael, CA) bags food and non-food products into overlap-, gusset-, fin- and flat bottom-style bags at speeds to 120 bags/min.
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Bundled data exchange

PLCDirect has bundled its DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) Server with Intouch(TM) Lite software by Wonderware® to provide users with an object-oriented man/machine interface suitable for use on most PLC systems.
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Bottle packing systems

Model GBP 240 continuous-motion bottle packer from Nigrelli Systems (Kiel, WI) is capable of loading six-count 1-gal and eight-count 1/2-gal bottles into preformed trays or cases at speeds to 240 bottles/min.
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RF welder

Thermex-Thermatron (Bay Shore, NY) has developed a radio frequency welder that uses a combination of PLC control and specific algorithms to allow preprogramming of up to eight settings.
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Micro PLCs

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) will showcase a new family of micro PLCs for cost-effective, high-speed control applications on small machines.

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