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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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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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Case sealer

The L-25 case sealer from TapeSolutions (Palatine, IL) has full length, self-centering side belts that automatically adjust to random package widths and a tape head that automatically adjusts to random package heights.
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Control center

Developed for the Masterweigh line of Net Weigh Scales, the Data Center II is a new control cen- ter from Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN).
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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 light grid

The Areal(TM) safety light grid from Leuze-Lumiflex (Rockaway, NJ) is designed to replace traditional fences and barriers that keep personnel away from hazardous packaging lines.
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Oil-shear clutch brake

Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) has in-troduced the Model 01 Posidyne® oil-shear clutch brake. Less than 8" L and weighing 20 lb, it handles up to 600 cycles/ min, and brings high torque to tight-fitting drives on case packers, cartoners, fillers, indexing conveyors and other packaging machinery.
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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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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.
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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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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 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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Digital servo drives

Ecodrive from Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) is a line of easy-to-use digital servo drives that integrate motion control, amplifier, power supply and I/O into a single unit.
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Compact sensors

NaiS(TM) UZA photoelectric sensors from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) have a continuously-variable potentiometer for simple adjustments of light intensity.
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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.
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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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