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Some like it hot

Upstart cap molder Acadiana Plastics Manufacturing outfitted its injection molders with hot runner manifolds and a quick-change mold system for faster cycles, quick changeover and better quality PP caps.
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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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Envisioning new OTC labels

Potential changes to over-the-counter drug labeling came into clearer focus on Sept. 29 when the Food & Drug Administration held a public hearing soliciting ideas for a redesigned label.
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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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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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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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Contact suppressor

The S-9 contact suppressor module from Lutze (Charlotte, NC) guards against PLC burn out, noise and other equipment malfunctions. It dissipates and eliminates power surges or spikes before they interfere with control operation.
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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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Partition inserter

Wayne Automation's (Norristown, PA) SF-400VHS partition opener/ inserter can now handle insertions of preassembled end- and side-glued air cell partitions.
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Oil and grease repellent

Ciba-Geigy (Greensboro, NC) has introduced an FDA-approved oil and grease repellent for paper and paperboard used in food packaging. Lodyne® P-208E is water-based, nonflammable and nonfoaming for easy handling.
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Stretch-wrapping systems

The Vortex Series of stretch-wrapping systems from Orion (Memphis, TN) combines the logic of fully automatic machines with the portability of semi-automatic stretchwrappers.
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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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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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