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Rewinding/finishing station

CenTek Intl.'s (Bowling Green, OH), ReFlex(TM) CT100 re-winding/finishing station for label converting applications includes a 7.5" web and permits easy side-web loading.
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Hand-held bar code verifiers

The Laser Inspector Series of hand-held bar code verifiers from RJS (Monrovia, CA) combines the benefits of a noncontact laser coder with a bar code verifier.
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Dispensing closure

Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI) has developed a child-resistant closure that is also a dispenser. For OTC pharmaceutical products, this closure is said to exceed re-cent requirements for child safety and senior accessibility set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Servo drives

BRU-Series Advantage Line is a new generation of servo drives from Reliance Motion Control (Eden Prairie, MN). The manufacturer calls the line a universal drive because it inte-grates brushless drive and vector drive technologies into a single drive, and because it is essentially five drives in one with its ability to accept a variety of command sources.
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Label design software

Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) has introduced MPS 6000 label design and management software for use with direct thermal and thermal transfer label printers and printer/applicators.
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Vacuum packaging system

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has introduced the Model VC-14A, a fully automatic vacuum packaging system designed to meet the needs of medium-sized food processing operations.
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Digital tension controller

Horton Manufacturing's (Min-neapolis, MN) TC820 tension controller is for web printing or converting involving unwind, centerwind, centerwind drive or mid-process control.
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Short-run flexo press

Soloflex® 8, a central impression flexographic printing press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI), is designed to optimize short runs using materials up to 24.5" W.
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Public policy book

A 60-page booklet describing 1995's public policy positions is now available from The American Iron and Steel Institute (Washington, DC). Issues range from energy and health care reform to OSHA regulations.
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Dynamic brake

Baldor Electric's (Fort Smith, AR) new multipurpose dynamic brake is said to be the first that is microprocessor-based. This allows each brake to have four operating modes, two separate magnitudes of braking, the ability to jog with or without braking, 50 to 60 Hz operation and an accurate zero speed sensor.
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Case sealer

A new case sealing machine using p-s tape is available from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL). Featuring exterior-mounted tape rolls, it reduces downtime between rolls from 4 min to under 30 sec, says the company.
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Bar code alternatives

Balluff's (Florence, KY) new color brochure describes the BIS System for product identification. An alternative to bar code labels and RF emitters, BIS uses non-volatile "memory" tags to store up to 2ꯠ alphanumeric characters, with data read and written by non-contact, unobstructable, passive inductive heads.
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Self-lubricating composite gear

Power-Core(TM) composite gears from Intech (Closter, NJ) can replace metal gears in pharmaceutical packaging machines to gain over 30% in production, with reduced noise volume and elimination of most lubrication and gear maintenance.
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Bag gusset reformer

O/K Intl.'s (Sudbury, MA) SK 2000 bag gusset reformer allows bags to be regusseted and fed into a pinch bottom sealer, a stitcher or a hot air bag sealer at speeds to 2 bags/min.
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Motor controller

The SMC Dialog Plus(TM) controller from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI) has a built-in programmable motor overload to save both money and panel space. It includes over/under current and voltage, jam, stall, phase reversal and phase unbalance detection.
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Large turntable RF system

Callanan (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced its 7-f' 12.5KW four-position RF turntable indexing system. It uses low-frequency radio waves to create a transparent TE seal on packages at speeds to 50 products/min.
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Servomotor and drive guide

Ormec (Rochester, NY) has published a guide highlighting its line of F-Series servomotors, servodrives and power supplies. The book offers an in-depth technical discussion of the intricate design of the products, including specification and speed/torque characteristics.
News
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PMMI to explore packaging trends, solutions

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's (Arlington, VA) second Packaging Productivity Forum, Nov. 6 to 8 at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, will unveil the results of the 1995 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator survey.

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