The National Wooden Pallet & Container Assn. (Arlington, VA) has released "Uniform Voluntary Standard for Wood Pallets." This marks the first industry standard on what constitutes an acceptable quality for pallets, says the assn.
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Tops(TM) for Windows is a package design system from Tops Eng. (Plano, TX) that allows the packager to size a package, select materials for optimum cost and stacking strength, then determine shipping/distribution function.
Vanguard Plastics (Paterson, NJ) has developed a 32-oz PVC handled oval bottle, offering a full grip handle and recessed label area. Suitable for household chemicals, automotive chemicals, maintenance supplies, or professional hair care products.
ASTM (Philadelphia, PA) has introduced the 1995 Directory of Scientific & Technical Consultants and Expert Witnesses. This directory includes over 200 categories of specialized consulting services and over 1ꯠ consultants and expert witnesses in an easy-to-use format.
The Pro/Engineer® family of design software products from Parametric Technology (Waltham, MA) allows designers and engineers to create, visualize, analyze, and present product concepts prior to manufacturing.
Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) has added the Label-Aire® Model 2138-Series 8480S to its line of high-speed printer/applicators. This model combines a high-speed thermal/thermal transfer printer with a label applicator to deliver p-s labels at speeds to 10"/sec.
Hapman Conveyors (Kalamazoo, MI) has introduced a new series of bulk bag unloading/conveying hoppers. They are equipped with an adjustable iris valve to control material flow, an access door for opening or closing of bags and a low-level sensor to automatically stop the conveyor.
Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced a free interactive disk for the MicroLogix(TM) 1000 family of programmable controllers. It's designed to introduce users to the MicroLogix family, as well as give examples of how the controller works in specific applications.
MasterMove version 3.0 from Vantageware (San Diego, CA) is software designed for distribution center management. It reduces distribution costs while enabling greater flexibility in distribution center operations.
The Maximizer(TM) is a new conveyor from Automated Packaging Systems (Booth 3138). It works as an infeed or take-away adjustable conveyor with the company's HS-100 Excel(TM) bagging machine, to reach speeds to 70 bags/min.
PartsPro(TM) is a new Windows-based inventory management software program from A&D Weighing (Milpitas, CA). Its database allows flexible entry and reporting of parts, containers, multiple locations and inventory information.