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Proximity sensor

The 976 two-wire, stainless-steel proximity sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) is suitable for sensing needs in harsh environments, including factory automation, machine tools, transfer lines, food processing equipment, parts positioning and presence/absence.
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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.
Feature Article
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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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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HDPE pallet

Industrial Pallet and Packaging (Beachwood, OH) has developed a low-cost HDPE pallet that weighs only 15 lb yet can support a 2000-lb dynamic load. An open framework design reduces weight and allows for easy cleaning, while drain openings in the feet facilitate drying.
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PTFE-coated foils

Insul-Tab (Woburn, MA) has developed custom-fabricated release liners made of foil coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, also known as Teflon®.
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Case erector/bottom taper

The Model 2-EZ case erector/bottom taper from Combi America (Canton, OH) accommodates cases from 9" x 5" x 5" to 19" x 15" x 16". Employs a pusher bar case feed system, walk-in magazine, self-cleaning vacuum system and PLC controls.
Machine Product Brief
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Leaflet inserter

IWK Packaging's (Fairfield, NJ) leaflet inserter folds and places oversized, multi-fold leaflets into small cartons. L-shaped leaflets up to 12" x 16" are folded for packaging with vials as small as 16 mm (.63") in diameter x 38 mm (1.5") long using a two-phase fold design.
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CD-ROM catalog

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) has introduced an electronic catalog for the motors and drives industry. Uses a unique interactive format to provide information on over 4ꯠ Baldor motors and drives.
Machine Product Brief
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P-s labeler

The Neptune(TM) p-s labeler from Engraph Machine Systems (Delran, NJ) can apply labels from 10 mm x 10 mm to 6" x 14" on most semi-rigid or rigid packages.
Machine Product Brief
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Plastic bottle unscrambler

New Necosort plastic bottle unscramblers from John R. Nalbach (Cicero, IL) accommodates most containers, including tapered and hourglass ovals, rectangulars and straight-sided rounds.
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Servo-driven cartoner

Formula IMC/S multi-packing cartoner from Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) is the first intermittent-motion, multi-axis cartoner to have independent servo drives performing all major functions, says the manufacturer.
Machine Product Brief
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Net weight filling brochure

Weigh Right Automatic Scale's (Joliet, IL) new brochure highlights its electronic net weight filling systems. In-cludes weigh count fillers designed for small parts and hardware, vibratory feed fillers and gravity flow weighers for free-flowing and semi-free-flowing materials, as well as fully automatic weighers for rigid container filling.
Machine Product Brief
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Laser coder

The BlazerJet(TM) dot-matrix system from Lasertechnics (Albuquerque, NM) offers the flexibility of an ink-jet coder without the inks or solvents. Designed for pharmaceutical packagers, the system produces computer-generated, indelible, precisely-positioned codes on products moving on virtually any type of packaging equipment at speeds to 700 ft/min.

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