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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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Servo-driven vf/f/s machine

UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
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Proximity switches

New inductive proximity switches from efector (Exton, PA) provide extended sensing ranges for applications where limitations in space require a small sensor.
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Vacuum video

PIAB Vacuum Products (Hingham, MA) now offers a video presentation of its products and services. "The PIAB Revolution" includes the development of the company's multicharacteristic ejector pump.
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Conveyor components

Tivar® engineered plastic conveyor components from Poly Hi Solidur (Fort Wayne, IN) come in six standard formulas, or they can be modified to enhance surface friction or wear resistance for specific applications.
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Compact case packer

Machine Development's (San Leandro, CA) compact case packer erects and loads in the same position, saving floor space. The design includes a high-speed product stacker and stack control device to prevent tipping when unstable stacks are loaded.
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Shaft position encoder

Astrosystems' (Lake Success, NY) resolver-based multiturn Astrocoder/150 provides 16-bit position accuracy over 64 turns. Geared dual resolvers are unaffected by noise or vibration and output reliable data instantly.
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Sensor mounts

The VG-612 sensor mount from Valu Guide (Irvine, CA) is designed for accurate positioning of sensors, reflectors and other devices. When used with the VG-022-01 Rail Clamp it provides quick adjustment and can be mounted below or above guide rails.
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Vacuum ejector units

The NZL Series is a high-flow, high-efficiency vacuum ejector unit from SMC Pneumatics (Indian- apolis, IN). It uses a three-stage venturi arrangement to produce up to
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Label rewinder

The ERW-50 label rewinder from Sohn Manufacturing (Elkhart Lake, WI) is a multi-directional rewinder for use with thermal- transfer printers. It rewinds printed rolls of labels for applying at a later time.
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Automatic auger filler

AMS Filling Systems (Malvern, PA) has introduced the A-400 single head automatic auger filler, which can fill most rigid containers at speeds to 60/ min.
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Tablet filler

Merrill-Lakso's (Leominster, MA) Model 35 "New Wave" Electronic filler is for counting and filling tablets, capsules and any other solid dose pharmaceutical products.
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Color sensor

SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) has introduced the CS Color Sensor, a compact, self-contained, red, green and blue color recognition sensor.
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Soft shoulder ovals

Suited for health and beauty applications, new Soft Shoulder ovals from Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tonawanda, NY) can be made of clear or opaque PVC.
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Motorized rollers

The Power Moller is an internally powered, motorized roller used in conveyor systems and material handling equipment. Somfy Systems (Cranbury, NJ) now offers an eight-page bro-chure on its Power Moller line.
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Plastic syringe filler

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) Model 611 filling machine fills plastic syringes with liquids or gels as viscous as 500ꯠ centipoise. It uses a specially designed pneumatically actuated dispensing valve for accurate filling at speeds to 25 syringes/min.
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Proximity sensor

Namco's (Mentor, OH) Focused Field Flat-Pak(TM) long range proximity sensor is used to sense large metal ob-jects that cannot be precisely positioned.
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Chain and belt tensioning

AMS Industries (Kansas City, MO) has expanded its line of chain and belt tensioning devices. They reduce shock in belt and chain loads to offer smoother, quieter operation and longer operating life.

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