A microminiature air-powered vacuum pump from Vaccon (Medfield, MA) uses tiny vacuum cups for a wide variety of pick-and-place applications. The Fastvac VP00-0060H Venturi Vacuum Pump is capable of pulling a 28"-Hg vacuum and can be located close to the part and fitted with Microvac Series vacuum cups as small as 1/16".
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The 1996 edition of the Pantone® (Carl-stadt, NJ) Color Refer-ence guide is now available. As exposure to light or prolonged contact may cause fading or discoloration of these guides, the company recommends that they be updated annually to assure color accuracy.
Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) has introduced the patent-pending Centralized Ink Delivery system for the PEL Series high-resolution ink-jet system. Designed for applications requiring two or more print heads, it uses a single ink source, instead of separate bottles, to minimize maintenance.
A LiteLock(TM) quick-release mounting system from Jergens (Cleveland, OH) is designed to reduce changeover time when mounting a fixture plate to a receiver plate during assembly or manufacturing procedures.
The Gripper lowerator/elevator from Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) gently lowers dairy and juice containers from a second floor filling line in sync with a filling rate of over 900 bottles/min.
The AutoLoader(TM) from Multifold-International. (Milford, OH) is a multi-row, multi-layer programmable carton packer that enables converters to pack small- or medium-sized cartons into any shipping container or corrugated case and to program that task for repeated runs.
The Institute of Packaging Professionals (Herndon, VA) has introduced the "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology" textbook. With plans to update it every two years, IoPP believes it will be the most up-to-date packaging reference source available.
A new brochure from 80/20 (Ft. Wayne, IN) discusses the firm's full line of safety guards. Made with aluminum frames, the line can be designed with a variety of panel options, including acrylic, PC, wire, cloth or metal.
Velumina(TM) mid-range kraft paper from Georgia-Pacific (Atlanta, GA) is a cost-effective alternative to clay-coated stock. An extremely smooth printing surface means less dot gain, better ink holdout and the ability to use higher screens for four-color printing, making Velumina suitable for multi-wall bags and E- and F-flute applications where high-resolution graphics are important.
The Cimjet®300 thermal-transfer print-and-apply labeler from Griffin-Rutgers (Ronkonkoma, NY) is compact and self-contained, and uses modular label applicators for simplified changing between packaging lines.