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Label software

QuickStep(TM) is a new step-and-repeat software from Barco Graphics (Vandalia, OH). For packaging and label configurations, this icon-based interface has an object-oriented design to create an easy-to-learn program.
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Auger filler

Model A-100 single head, semi-automatic auger filler from AMS Filling Systems (Malvern, PA) is suited for limited packaging runs of powders, granulates, creams, pastes or liquids.
Machine Product Brief
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Forklift printer mount

Designed for large warehouses, a high-performance powered forklift mount for the Renegade(TM) portable label printer has been introduced by Monarch Marking Systems (Dayton, OH).
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Ball takes control during can testing

Ball's Columbus, OH, plant is first to use new microprocessor-based controller to monitor leak testing of three-piece steel cans.
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Safety relays

The KNA3 safety relay from Crouzet (Carrollton, TX) instantly detects faults such as short circuits or incorrect wiring in order to meet European requirements.
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EAS label applicator

Label-Aire's (Fullerton, CA) Model 2111ST Reverse Vac Blow labeler has a 10" drop-down snorkel for applying electronic article sur- veilance label sensors at speeds to 400 cycles/ min.
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Dual-heat shrink tunnel

K.O.E. (E. Norwalk, CT) has introduced a new shrink tunnel with two types of heat to achieve precise fit and placement of heat-shrinkable labels. The combination hot air tunnel first uses radiant and convection heat to gradually heat the labels.
Machine Product Brief
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Thermal transfer printer

The Barcode Blaster TT is a high-performance thermal transfer desktop printer from Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA). Prints complex graphics, text and bar codes, including two-dimensional PDF417 bar codes at up to 4"/sec, faster than any other printer of its size, says the company.
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Production software

Computer Technology (Milford, OH) has upgraded its popular Interact software to include features that target the needs of users in the food, beverage, paper, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries even more closely.
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How packagers decide on machine controls

Research from PMMI shows that electronic controls are a growing part of packaging responsibility. Here's a look at their penetration, and who 'controls' them in the plant.
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Safety guards

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.
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Retroreflective sensors

Banner Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) Omni-Beam® Q45 photoelectric sensors operate in a retroreflective mode. A built-in Class II laser diode allows long sensing ranges up to 225', or 130' in the polarized version, with a 670-nm beam.
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Manufacturing software

Tangible Vision (Downers Grove, IL) has released Version 1.0 of its Imprimus(TM) software. This object-oriented, graphical user interface-based client/server manufacturing software allows sales and marketing personnel to create price quotes, customer orders and return authorizations.
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Gravimetric filler

The ADN2-25-LD automatic filler from Crandall International (Buffalo, NY) fills liquid and semi-liquid products into 1- to 6-gal containers at speeds to 12/min. Electronic digital scales and pneumatic step-sequence logic operating controls provide high accuracy with minimum maintenance.
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PLC with distributed I/O

Alfa Laval Automation (Pleasant Prairie, WI) has introduced SattCon 200, a new programmable logic controller with distributed input/output system.
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Capacitive sensors

Capacitive sensors from Namco Controls (Highland Heights, OH) are designed to sense nonmetallic products. They can be adjusted to ignore or "see through" an object to detect a second object behind it.
Controls Product Brief
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Switch catalog

Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) has revised its basic switches catalog to include sealed subminiature basic switches. Catalog 10, Basic Switches, also highlights miniature, standard size, sealed and high-temperature basic switches and door switches.
Machine Product Brief
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Vertical f/f/s

General Packaging Equipment Co. (Houston, TX) introduces a new 4-page color brochure describing the broad line of vertical f/f/s machines. The brochure provides a reference to different types of fillers and product applications, as well as information on available options.

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