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Post f/f/s screw-cap applicator for gabletop cartons

Touted as the first screw-cap applicator that applies a cap to a carton after the f/f/s process, Elopak's (New Hudson, MI) Pure-Pak® Post Applicator applies a screw cap to gabletop cartons at speeds to 50/min.
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Screw capper

Kiss Packaging Systems' (LaPorte, IN) in-line screw capper can apply caps to metal, glass or plastic containers at speeds to 300/min. "Micro knob" adjustment allows increase or decrease in application torque while the machine is running.
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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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Distance-settable sensors

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced new distance-settable sensors that assure stable detection of objects and materials. Background immune, they're effective regardless of color or material pattern.
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Replacement parts

Eurodex Components (Ringwood, NJ) procures original replacement spare parts from overseas component manufacturers, instead of machine manufacturers.
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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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Collapsible containers

Ropak Materials Handling Group (Atlanta, GA) offers an eight-page color brochure that consolidates its standard product line into an applications- oriented brochure.
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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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Operator interface

Syscon-RKC (South Bend, IN) has introduced a compact operator interface called the OPL for the Farex-SR Mini multi-zone temperature controller. The OPL requires less panel space--measuring 3 1/2" H x 5 1/2" W x 2 3/4" D--and is an economic alternative to touch screen interface technology.
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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.
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Bleached board brochure

International Paper, Bleached Board Div. (Memphis, TN), has introduced a 28-page brochure describing its Everest bleached board in eight different langua-ges.
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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.
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Canisters brochure

Sonoco Products Co. Consumer Products Div. (Hartsville, SC) offers an eight-page brochure highlighting Sonoco's innovative packaging designs and options.
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Filling system

The Modulebloc(TM) filling system from Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) fills cylindrical or oval-shaped containers at speeds to 125/min.
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Pick-and-place robot

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) has developed an alternative to traditional pick-and-place systems that uses a two-track rail system instead of a conventional robotic arm.
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Vertical f/f/s

Inland Trade (Miami, FL) has introduced the Rotoseal Model RVP-180 form/fill/seal machine from Ger-many-based Gunther Wolf GmbH. Produces flat-bottom, side-fold, stand-up and other heat-sealed bags at speeds to 160/min.
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Weighing system

The AEF-25 with Multi-Trix from WeighPack Systems (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) can weigh 5 to 50 lb in gram accuracies. Can reach speeds to 30/min with a twin head.
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High-speed overwrapper

The Pester PEWO-fold C high-speed overwrapper from Rodico (Upper Saddle River, NJ) wraps single cartons at speeds to 70 cartons/min. Suitable for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries, the overwrapper uses a point seal for a neat appearance, and is avail-able with optional equipment for single or multipack collations in single or multiple layers.

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