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Omega Design Corp.: Compact shrink bundler

Omega Design's (Exton, PA) new Classic shrink bundler automatically collates containers or cartons and bundles them into unitized packages wrapped in clear PE film to protect against label marring.
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Controls Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: Bottle sleever

The Servo Sleever from Krones (Franklin, WI) applies heat-shrinkable body sleeves to bottles at speeds to 400 cpm. Provides direct feed, cutting and application without vacuum or complex handling parts.
Controls Product Brief
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MagneTek: Variable-frequency drives

A white paper entitled 'The Simple Truth About Motor-Drive Compatibility' is now available from MagneTek (St. Louis, MO). It identifies some reasons for premature failure of windings and bearings of Variable-Frequency Drives (VFDs).
Controls Product Brief
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Richards Packaging: PET oblongs

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) now offers six sizes of PET oblongs with continuous-thread neck finishes. The 100-, 125-, 160-, 200-, 250- and 300-mL bottles feature large front and back label panels.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: Programmable limit switch

The PL-1746 PLµS plug-in module from Electro Cam Corp. (Roscoe, IL) is designed for use with the SLC 500 family of Allen-Bradley programmable logic controls.
Controls Product Brief
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Siemens Industry Inc: Windows™ CE control

SIMATIC MP270 Multi Panel is said to combine the robust, deterministic behavior of a PLC with the openness of a PC, all in a single operator panel measuring 171/2"W x 113/4"H x 31/2"D.
Controls Product Brief
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Galil Motion Control, Inc: USB motion controller

Galil Motion Control's (Mountain View, CA) DMC-2000 Series motion controllers are now available with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection. Motion controllers can be plugged into a USB port on a PC, without requiring a dedicated interface card.
Machine Product Brief
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Graham Packaging: Blow-molding guide

Graham Eng. (York, PA) has released a brochure of its indexing and continuous rotary systems for blow molding of bottles and containers in various sizes.
Controls Product Brief
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FoxJet, An ITW Company: Print engine

FXTechnology(TM) from FoxJet (Arlington, TX) is a patent-pending print engine that produces high-resolution alphanumeric characters, graphics and bar codes in dark dotless print.
Controls Product Brief
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Orion Packaging Systems: Orion Packaging Systems: Motion control for A-B

Orion® PC-based motion controllers from Ormec (Rochester, NY) now offer Ethernet connections to Allen-Bradley PLCs that support Ethernet. The controllers can also be used for communications with PCs running popular human-machine interface software packages.
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.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
Feature Article
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
Controls Product Brief
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Mectrol: Timing belts

USDA/FDA-approved urethane timing belts are available from Mectrol (Salem, NH). Available in any length and up to 18" wide, the belts are lightweight but are reinforced with Kevlar to ensure strength without stretching.
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.

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