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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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Vacuum/gas flush sealing

The FRESH-PAC is a USDA-approved stainless steel vacuum/gas flush sealing machine used for fresh foods from Packaging Aids (San Rafael, CA). It features electronic timer controls, an adjustable sealing head with 3-position height adjustment and a pneumatically controlled foot switch.
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Micro PLC

The DL105 micro is a low-cost micro PLC that offers features not found in other micro PLCs, says manufacturer PLCDirect (Cumming, GA). These include removable connectors, a built-in auxiliary power supply, as well as 10 AC or DC outputs and eight AC, DC or relay outputs for configuration flexibility.
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Shrink packaging system

Heat Sealing Equipment Manufacturing's (Cleveland, OH) new heat seal machine incorporates an L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel into one machine, and takes half the floor space of comparable systems, says the company.
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Components

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has unveiled a new 8-page brochure: "Solutions for Food & Beverage Packaging, Food Processing and Flexible Packaging." It describes how individual components such as sensors, process controllers, PLCs, timers and counters, operator interfaces, RFID and machine vision systems can work together with existing automation to provide total automation solutions.
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Medical pouch sealers

Sencorp Systems' (Hyannis, MA) new line of hot-bar laboratory sealers were designed specifically to address concerns with medical packaging. Both Series 12-AS/2 and AS/3 are designed with external calibration ports to facilitate calibration of temperature, pressure and dwell time while the machine is in production.

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