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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Packagers worrying about the availability of recycled polyethylene terephthalate resin will likely be encouraged by the announcement last month that a new process for recycling post-consumer PET has been developed by United Resource Recovery Corp.
The EZ Cover(TM) by Ropak (Fullerton, CA) features a TE tear tab and peel strip for rigid plastic pails that can be removed without tools. Available for Ropak's square and round pails, with or without a flowed-in gasket.
Technology Container (Shrews-bury, MA) has developed a line of hexagonal corrugated drums made of 275-lb double-wall corrugated. For use in applications requiring more strength than four-sided boxes, the one-piece drums store flat and are easy to assemble.
Sprinter Marking (Zanesville, OH) has announced a modified version of its ink code-marking machines. The Model 44 EH 1, with an extended 1" head for marking in recesses, can mark a double line approximately 1/3 the way around a 7/16" diameter rubber tube.