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Bag labeler

Labelette's (Forest Park, IL) new bag labeling systems are built for in-line applications. Can reduce floorspace requirements and can be customized to meet those requirements should they change.
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Photoelectric sensor

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced a slim profile, compact limit switch-style photoelectric sensor for general purpose sensing applications.
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Fire-retardant containers

Fire-retardant versions of plastic pallet containers are now available from Perstorp Xytec (Tacoma, WA). Structural-foam-molded of fire-resistant HDPE thermoplastic supplied by Specialty Polymers Corp., they have been approved as a Class II or noncombustible product by the Factory Mutual Research Corp.
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Antistatic pail liners

Developed to prevent static discharge when handling paints, solvents, chemicals and other flammable materials, ValuLiner® 5H Antistatic Pail Pals(TM) from New England Plastics (Woburn, MA) generate less than 5 kv.
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future (sidebar)

Getting computers to communicate
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Digital servo amplifier

Kollmorgen Motion Technologies (Radford, VA) has introduced a Smart Drive digital brushless servo amplifier that is said to improve machine productivity.
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Disconnect switch

Hubbell's (Bridgeport, CT) new Circuit-Lock(TM) disconnect switch has been expanded from 30A to include 60A and 100A ratings, 120 to 600 VAC, single- and three-phase applications.
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Cable containment

Igus (East Providence, RI) has introduced the Triflex(TM) thermoplastic three-axis cable carrier, designed for use with Bobst Group's (West Caldwell, NJ) folder/gluers.
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Optical sensor

The Dynamic Optical Window from Balluff (Florence, KY) detects and reacts to moving objects as small as .03" dia. Suited for counting small objects air-conveyed in a transparent tube or dropped from a chute, such as drug capsules, wire trim scrap or electronic components.
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Fume extractor arm

The 5000 Fume Extractor Arm from Nederman (Westland, MI) has a flanged hood that concentrates its suction power at the source of the pollutant. Captures 100% of the pollutant when placed horizontally within 16" from the workspace.
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Mexican beverage processors

The Food Processing Machinery and Supplies Assn. (Alexandria, VA) has released a directory of dairy and carbonated beverage processors in Mexico. Contains over 70 pages of listings, including company names, phone numbers and contact names.
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Nimble, facile, flexible:How packaging survives

Packaging has been called a chess game without checkmate-never ending, always evolving-reflecting the changing demands of product manufacturers who, in turn, are trying to satisfy the needs of the consuming public.
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F/f/s machine

Mahaffy & Harder (Fairfield, NJ) Model 8000 f/f/s machine has an advanced servo drive and is capable of producing a range of vacuum, MAP and ambient packages for meat, convenience foods, health care and other consumer products.
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Pneumatic slide catalog

A 24-page catalog from PHD (Fort Wayne, IN) describes the Series SG line of pneumatic slides. Designed for one billion inches of travel when used with catalog-rated loads.
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Long-range proxi sensor

Namco Controls (Mentor, OH) has announced the Focused Field Flatpak(TM) extended-range proximity sensor. It has a 40-mm (1.57") range to sense large metal ob-jects that cannot be precisely positioned.
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Carousel systems

Diamond Phoenix (Lewiston, ME) has introduced new material handling systems. The Maxtractor(TM) is a high-speed carousel extractor. The Lowerator(TM) is a mini-vertical lift for ergonomic lifting, lowering and discharging of boxes and totes.
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Dairy bottle lightweighting

Phillips Chemical (Bartlesville, OK) offers technical literature describing a patented process for die shaping technology that controls the parison during molding.
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Roller conveyor

Hytrol's (Jonesboro, AR) Model 190-SPA horizontal live-roller conveyor is designed for "zero-pressure." Accumulates light loads as small as 1 lb/ft without line pressure.

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