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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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Vertical f/f/s machine for food and nonfood applications

The Butler(TM) 3 is a new vertical form/fill/seal machine from UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) suited for frozen foods, cereal, pasta, pet food, powders and granulates.
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High-speed applicator

The Universal(TM) SL-2000/3000 from Park Products (St. Petersburg, FL) is a high-speed automatic stepper-driven label applicator. It applies labels up to 6" W at speeds to 3ꯠ"/min, with ±.025" accuracy.
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Pinch-bag and liner closers

The Pinch Inner Liner Sealer (PILS) from Fischbein (Statesville, NC) is designed to seal pinch-bag tops and their heat-sealable inner liners in one continuous process.
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Fiber optic sensor

The OBF family of photoelectric sensors from ifm efector (Exton, PA) minimizes the chance of false signals through a simple, two-button set-up procedure.
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Vertical bagger/wrapper

The Maxima® vertical packaging system from Ampak (Anderson, SC) uses center-folded film to package items in PE bags or shrink films at speeds to 40 packages/ min.

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