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Amoco Chemicals: TE flat cap

Pacific Cap Co. (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) has introduced a 28-mm TE flat cap, made by Taiwan Hon Chaun of Taiwan, China, for PET bottles.
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Machine Product Brief
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Integrated Packaging Systems, Inc: Palletizer

Top Tier® automatic palletizers from Integrated Systems (Portland, OR) are available with high or low product infeeds to be placed at the end of a production line.
Controls Product Brief
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Amoco Chemicals: O2-scavenging copolyester

When Amosorb® 3000 O2-scavenging copolyester from Amoco Chemicals (Chicago, IL) is used as a core layer in a multilayer polyester container, even the most 02-sensitive products can be packaged in plastic.
Machine Product Brief
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ABB Robotics: Fast picking robot

The FlexPicker(TM) developed by ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI) uses a vision system to identify, pick and place up to 120 items/min from a moving conveyor.
Machine Product Brief
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Warner Electric, Altra Industrial Motion: Positioning control system

Warner Electric's (South Beloit, IL) CBC-1000 positioning control system is designed to reduce auger filling inaccuracies. Includes a position-loop control, clutch/brake (and clutch/brake control) and an encoder.
Controls Product Brief
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Belcor Industries Inc: Bag inserter

The BEL 450 semi-automatic bag inserter with top and bottom case taping from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) is designed for manual bulk filling lines where a bag liner must be inserted into the case.
Controls Product Brief
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Malcom Co.: Hot air tool

A hot-air production tool that can be configured with a variety of different nozzles for use in shrink packaging and drying applications is available from Malcom Co.
Controls Product Brief
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Robotic Industries Assn.: Vision inspector

Adding to its Visionscape(TM) family, RVSI Acuity CiMatrix (Canton, MA) introduced Visionscape I-Pak to provide optical character verification for pharmaceutical and packaging applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: Instructional video

Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) has released a 15-min video on installation and troubleshooting procedures for EC-2000 and EC-3000 Electronic Cam Limit Switches.
Controls Product Brief
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DuPont Packaging: DuPont Packaging: Shrink film

DuPont (Wilmington, DE) Clysar® ABL shrink film is a clear, biaxially oriented, heat-shrinkable, linear low/ultra low-density polyolefin film.
Machine Product Brief
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Focus Automation Systems, Inc: Inspection system

PharmaVision from Focus Automation (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) is a fully automated inspection system for pharmaceutical labels that is said to examine 100% of all label features.
Controls Product Brief
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Pressure-sensitive labeler

EPI's (New Freedom, PA) Flex-Pac Labeler(TM) is designed to integrate with Sandiacre packaging equipment used widely in the frozen food, produce and candy markets.
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: Wireless sensor

Power remote sensor system from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows less connection for limit switches and sensors on robotic grippers, dies, fixtures, rotary tables and removable tooling.
Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Servo drive systems

ELAU's PacDrive S servo drive system, available from Orbit Motion Technologies (Mashpee, MA), can be used to replace mechanical cam plates, vertical shafts, gears and clutches in packaging equipment.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
Feature Article
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Software helps Hershey slay downtime

Powerful software allows Hershey to automatically gather packaging efficiency data. Local and remote line control and monitoring are added bonuses.

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