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Controls Product Brief
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Manual Makers, Inc: Manual maker software

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.
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Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Automation: IP-based factory control

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.
Machine Product Brief
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Thiele Technologies, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Auto bagging system

The Thiele (Minneapolis, MN) Omnistar(TM) automatic bagging system accommodates multi-wall paper and plastic bags at speeds to 20/min. Offers automatic bag pick-up and discharge of unopened or improperly sized bags.
Controls Product Brief
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Huettinger Electronic, Inc: Air-cooled sealer

Huettinger Electronic (Farmington, CT) has introduced its new Model SIG 3/50CAP System for sealing caps to plastic and glass containers. Said to be the first production-speed induction cap sealer to be totally air cooled, the system relies on an air-cooled induction coil that eliminates the need to circulate water in order to maintain a safe temperature in the coil.
Controls Product Brief
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Common Point Technologies Inc: Linking proprietary controllers

Common Point Technologies Inc. (Sugar Grove, IL) is an automation systems integrator whose "Interposing PLC" allows packaging machines with proprietary controllers to communicate with other controllers, whether they're proprietary or industry-standard PLCs or PCs.
Controls Product Brief
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Vin-Tex Sealers, Inc: Reusable dunnage bags

Vin-Tex Sealers, Inc. (Itasca, IL) has introduced Load Right(TM) reusable dunnage bags. These nylon-coated polyurethane waterproof bags are chemical- and puncture-resistant.
Controls Product Brief
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Compensating Tension Controls Intl., Inc: Matrix winder

Compensating Tension Controls (West Caldwell, NJ) automatic turret rewinder mounts directly to the press's waste wind capstan. Permits continuous removal of waste matrix.
Controls Product Brief
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Hoffman: DeviceNet motion controller

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) has added the option of Device Net connectivity to its CLC, a PC-based multi-axis motion controller. Simplifies communications with popular third-party PLCs and I/O networks.
Feature Article
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
Machine Product Brief
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Literature sheets

R.A. Pearson (Spokane, WA) offers literature sheets featuring its VersaPack(TM) Series (VP12, VP35 and VP40) of case packing machinery and its Y1950/55 series of partition inserters.
Machine Product Brief
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Hamer Inc: Bag gusseter

To complement the company's Models 2040 and 820 f/f/s machines, Hamer (Minneapolis, MN) now offers a retro-fit gusseter kit for bag bottoms. Compared to non-gusseted styles, gusseted bags are said to lie flatter, facilitating stacking and palletizing.
Controls Product Brief
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Materials Management Solutions, Inc: Cylinder storage

Materials Management Solutions' (Washington, NJ) CS50 is a storage system for small gravure and flexo printing cylinders that weigh up to 50 lb. System is typically 28' H, with a tray size of 88"x32", allowing storage of up to 440 cylinders.
Controls Product Brief
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: PC-based control and device networks

A new white paper from Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) describes the benefits of using open device-level networks on industrial machinery in combination with PC-based controllers.
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Feature Article
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Putting 'smart systems' to work

Avoid these common pitfalls when implementing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system on a packaging line.
Controls Product Brief
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Sonoco Alloyd: Heat-seal data acquisition

Alloyd's (DeKalb, IL) two-station medical heat-sealer is now available with Level 5 data acquisition software enhanced for validation. Provides recipe management of setup parameters for fast, accurate changeovers.

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