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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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Improvements in materials and machines helped Kraft Canada reduce leakers on zippered cheese packs
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Team effort builds a better zipper

Continuous Improvement Teams at Kraft Canada wouldn't rest until the leaker rate on the firm's zippered reclosable cheese packs was firmly under control.
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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.
Flat blanks fed from a magazine are pressed around a forming mandrel to produce the desired oval shape
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Obie's oval

This cookie mix marketer needed a paperboard container with a small footprint yet all the shelf impact of a round canister. An unusual oval was the answer.
Two picking arms, each equipped with seven vacuum cups, rotate to pick carton blanks from the magazine feed and place them in
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Equipment made for the shade

Rising demand for its Sun-Gard solar control window film made this Florida firm take a hard look at its packaging operation. Custom-built cartoning and case packing equipment was the answer.
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Transpack 95 packs a punch (sidebar)

Does Rule 180 affect small parcel shipping?
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Gamse Litho adds press, sheeter

Gamse Lithographic, Baltimore, MD, has added a six-color Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) litho press and SHM 1400 high-speed sheeter from Strachan Henshaw Machinery (Chicago, IL).
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) S-Series semi-automatic stretch wrapping system wraps tall, light, unstable or heavy loads at speeds to 35 loads/hr.
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Pallet stretch wrapper

The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
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Flowrapper

Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
All eight stations on the press (above) are arranged around an offset cylinder measuring 48 inches in diameter. Eight mandrels (
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Dry offset printing reaches eight colors

Brand managers who market their products in plastic cups are no longer limited to six colors now that Polytainers has commercialized an eight-color dry offset printer. Yogurt marketers are clearly impressed.
The tear strip is pulled open (left) to expose the reclosable zipper. Also visible is thepressure-sensitive label that?s manuall
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Golden Stream adds 'zip' to its bags

To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
Pouches exit the rotary filling turret and are drawn through a top-sealing device
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Pouch production soars at Goya division

A continuous-motion pouch-packaging operation at Packaging Ltd. is nearly 200% faster and 70% more accurate than the intermittent-motion system it replaced.
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Robot system

CRS Robotics (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) offers its class of gantry robots for high-precision applications. Employs calibrated welded-frame structures, precision ball screw drives, and digital optical encoders to achieve accuracies of at least 0.005" and repeatability up to 0.001" over a 20ꯠ-cubic-inch working area, or 36" x 42" x 12".
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) and Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) will merge to create a new manufacturer of machine vision systems.
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Wrapping system

The System 2000 750 Flight Bar from EDL (Green Bay, WI) pulls widths of LDPE around tubs or bricks and then conveys the pack through a low-energy heat tunnel at rates of 20 cycles/min.
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What ails the glass container industry?

That may not have been the question posed in a recent Dept. of Energy/U.S. glassmakers workshop on technology. But Anchor Glass' James Malone tried to answer it.

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