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Viskase Corporation: Clear shrink film

Clear-Loc® 55 multilayer cross-linked polyolefin heat-shrinkable film is available from Viskase (Chicago, IL). Designed for manual, semi-automatic or automatic shrink wrapping equipment.
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Controls glossary for packagers

With the help of some readers, Packaging World has assembled a glossary that defines controls terms. Most important, these terms are defined in the context of packaging machinery so that virtually all readers can relate them to the machinery we're all familiar with.
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Packages test 'new waters'

Infused with supplementary oxygen, new oxygenated bottled waters are said to enhance physical endurance and offer a fresh taste akin to mountain water.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensor

Designed for packaging line and machine applications, the new Model SM600 Flat-profile Series ultrasonic proximity sensors from Hyde Park (Dayton, OH) detect objects as small as 0.06" at a distance of 1.5" at speeds of 2ꯠ/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Conveyor Systems, Inc: Modular conveyors

From Quickdraw Conveyor Systems (Burnsville, MN) comes conveyors designed for handling disk drive components and semiconductor wafers. The MR Series accumulating conveyors have independent verification of their cleanliness along with slip-driven rollers attached to aluminum support rails that produce smooth, quiet conveyor movement with minimal power requirements.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Loma Intl., Inc. (Carol Stream, IL) finalized a business partnership with EG&G Astrophysics (Long Beach, CA) that would give Loma the right to distribute and sell EG&G X-ray detectors in the U.K., Canada, Central and South America, South Africa, the Far East and most European countries.
Materials Product Brief
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H.B. Fuller : Adhesives maintenance log

A hanging log offered by H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) hangs right on adhesive application equipment for easy recording of settings for ad-hesives pots, hoses, heads and line pressures.
Controls Product Brief
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Efector, Inc: Bus-based components

efector Inc. (Exton, PA) has released a new family of master controller modules, slave modules, power suppliers, cables, software and accessories that will allow supplier's sensors and switches to be connected on a simple, two-wire bus system.
Machine Product Brief
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Tray packer

The high-speed TP-50 tray packer from Kayat Eng. (Edgewater, FL) collates and packs bottles, jars, cans and tapered tubs at speeds to 65 trays/min.
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Future shock (sidebar)

Blue-sky packaging ideas
Supplier News
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Updated PMMI Directory

PMMI's (Arlington, VA) 1998-99 Packaging Machinery Directory is now available. The directory provides detailed information and contacts for more than 400 U.S., and for the first time, Canadian companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery.
Controls Product Brief
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Color sensor

The LC-104 color sensor from Sentex (Santa Clara, CA) permits rapid analysis of up to four color signatures. Offers three levels of sensitivity that can be adjusted according to the shades of colors to be read.
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets (sidebar)

While it contains no liquid, Quaker Oats' new "dual pack" for its 100% Natural Granola is bound to make waves in the cold cereal category.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Pak Sak Industries (Sparta, MI) now offers six-color, wide-web flexographic printing following the purchase of a central impression printing press.
Materials Product Brief
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Orion Packaging Systems: Stretch wrapper leasing

Orion Packaging Systems (Memphis, TN) is now offering a leasing program that gives manufacturers an alternative to purchasing packaging equipment. The program is called Orion Financial Services and is fully deductible as a business expense.
Controls Product Brief
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Top/bottom labeler

Joseph Manufacturing's (Overland Park, KS) top/bottom roll-on labeler applies p-s labels to tops and bottoms of containers at speeds to 120 labels/min.
This simplified drawing shows a SERCOS network that connects the drives and the motion controller, which in turn is connected to
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Hershey 'opens' up for digital motion control (sidebar)

What SERCOS is and isn't
Controls Product Brief
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Magnetic palletizing heads

Walker Magnetics (Worcester, MA) offers a line of magnetic palletizing/depalletizing heads that operate with hydraulics or pneumatics without external moving parts.

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