Controls

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Digital drive

The DKR digital AC servo drive from Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) is for converting equipment such as unwinding/rewinding, rotary die cutting and flexographic presses that require up to 93 kW (125 HP) continuous motor power at up to 10ꯠ rpm.
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Distance-based pricing

United Parcel Service (Atlanta, GA) is now offering distance-based pricing for its air express service. The new pricing structure is based on both weight and distance of packages shipped.
Machine Product Brief
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Bar code reference book

Imaging Technologies, Inc. (Cookeville, TN) has published a bar code reference book entitled Industrial Bar Code Printing Using Ink Jet Technology.
Machine Product Brief
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Plastic bottle unscrambler

Econo-Feed Models 330 and 350 are new plastic bottle unscramblers from Pace Packaging (Fairfield, NJ). They're designed for packagers who need to unscramble plastic bottles as tall as 10 1/4" at slow to moderate speeds.
Machine Product Brief
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Vertical conveyor

Mass-Tier® is a vertical conveying system from I.J. White (Farming-dale, NY) capable of processing up to 3ꯠ containers/min. Can handle five lines simultaneously, each with a dedicated discharge, eliminating the need for single line entry, combiners, singulators and accessory equipment.
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Extending shelf life

Liquid Carbonic (Oak Brook, IL) describes its new FlavorFresh(TM) system in a full color brochure. FlavorFresh offers three methods of changing the atmosphere inside a package to prolong the life of a food product.
Machine Product Brief
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MAP system

Jescorp's (Elk Grove Village, IL) Model JGS-1040 Controlled Atmosphere Packaging System provides capabilities for a variety of gas flushing environments, including nitrogen, CO2 and various inert gas blends, with high purity CAP/MAP performance.
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Form/fill/seal system

Universal Packaging (Houston, TX) has redesigned the Mark Series automatic vertical f/f/s system to incorporate PLC-driven Touch Command software. All set-up and filler functions, including fill and production weights, seal temperatures, batch counts, machine timing and storage, can now be handled from a single control panel.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated CO2 tester

Model TS 91 CO2 Tester from Vibrac (Amherst, NY) is a compact bench top system that measures and stores precise results at the push of a button. A microprocessor computes the CO2 content from precise simultaneous measurements of pressure, temperature and relevant product formula.
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Tie-rod cylinders

Midland Pneumatic's (Machesney Park, IL) ISO 6431 interchangeable tie rod cylinders are made with a combination of Acetal plastic and 316 stainless steel to resist corrosion.
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Rotary actuators

The new Series RL rotary actuators from PHD (Fort Wayne, IN) are suited for high-speed applications with rotations of 180° in as little as .030 seconds.
Feature Article
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Carton packer

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.
Machine Product Brief
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Grease feeder

The LubeSite® 404 grease feeder from LubeSite Systems, Inc. (Kinston, NC) is now available with a clear, Lexan® PC base, which allows visual inspection of the unit's internal workings, and a vibrant yellow cap on its reservoir to increase the unit's visibility.
Controls Product Brief
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Small photoelectric sensors

KA ultraminiature photoelectric sensors from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI) are as small as 7 x 9 x 20 mm and feature stability and output LED indicators and sensitivity adjustment.
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).
Controls Product Brief
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Lowerator/elevator

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.
Machine Product Brief
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Bar code printer

The QualaBar Model 485 is a low-cost, high-performance bar code printing system from RJS, Inc. (Monrovia, CA). With an 8.1" printhead, it produces labels up to 8" W and 12.5" L.

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