From Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) comes WinPorter software for its Jet-A-Mark DOD 2002 or DOD 2002+ ink-jet printers, which simplifies entry of data and commands through the use of an existing Windows(TM)-based PC.
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CTC Parker Automation (Milford, OH) has introduced the Machine Configuration Module(TM) (MCM) option for its human-machine interface software. Designed specifically for discrete operations like packaging, MCM benefits include faster changeover for end-users and more rapid development of modular configurations for OEMs meeting unique customer requirements.
SIG Pack's Doboy Div. (New Richmond, WI) has introduced the Linium 301 horizontal wrapper for use with food or non-food products. The unit offers improved sanitation by separating the product track from the machine's frame.
As a feature on its MetalScout IIe metal detector, Ramsey (Minneapolis, MN) has added the AuditCheck automatic performance verification system. Fully automatic, the system tests product on a preprogrammed basis and reports to the operator if any deviation from the original sample level is detected.
The reciprocal BWB-3000-E and the rotary BWR-3000-HE are new models in Solapak's (Elmhurst, NY) CE series of horizontal wrappers. Servo control does away with drive parts, thereby reducing maintenance needs.
Superior Packaging's (Carlstadt, NJ) Guardian accumulator optimizes line efficiency by compensating for both upstream and downstream stoppages. During downstream stoppages, product is stored in the high-capacity carrier system.
Manual Maker 99 Software from Manual Makers (Sarasota, FL) is a point-and-click Windows(TM)-based software system that stores text, graphics and technical drawings in a database format to generate machine-specific manuals.
Schneider Automation's (North Andover, MA) Transparent Factory control strategy, based on Internet technologies over Ethernet, permits production data from packaging machinery to be analyzed, formatted and delivered to databases, Web sites or e-mail.