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Controls Product Brief
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AMS Filling System Inc: Multihead Filler

The A-610 multihead filler from AMS (Malvern, PA) fills rigid containers with virtually any dry or liquid products at speeds to more than 50 cpm. With memory storage for 54 products, the PLC-controlled machine offers optional bulk-and-dribble operation, bottom-up filling, and vibration to settle product in containers.
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Machine Product Brief
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Loma Systems: Checkweigher

Loma (Carol Stream, IL) has added to its range of checkweighers with its AS1200 unit. Designed for use in weighing packs of dry foods such as cereals, sugar and spices, the unit weighs 187 packs/min with accuracy of ±0.2 g.
Controls Product Brief
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Schmalbach-Lubec: Tamper-evident closure

The new Band Guard® closure from Schmalbach-Lubeca Whitecap (Downers Grove, IL) has a dual TE feature. The consumer can feel, see and hear that the package has not previously been opened.
Controls Product Brief
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Engineered Synergy, LLC: Packaging database

The Client Package Management System(TM) from Engineered Synergy (Lewis Center, OH) is an integrated database that provides access to critical packaging information.
Controls Product Brief
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: Basic component education

Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) has introduced its 101 Basics Series, which are free Web-based courses on the fundamentals of adjustable frequency drives, sensors, control networks such as DeviceNet, electricity and electrical distribution.
Controls Product Brief
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Rovema Packaging Machines L.P.: Product accelerator

To increase speed in filling f/f/s pouches with lightweight foods such as extruded snacks, Rovema's (Lawrenceville, GA) PAC product accelerator alters the time of the product dump rather than the sealing time.
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AutomationDirect: Encoders

Automationdirect.com (Cumming, GA), formerly PLCDirect, has introduced a line of optical rotary encoders for positioning and motion control applications.
Machine Product Brief
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Fogg Filler Co.: Liquid fillers

With up to 91 fill heads, Fogg's (Holland, MI) F9 Series machines fill 4"- to 13"-high containers with free-flowing, non-carbonated liquids at speeds to 900 cpm.
Controls Product Brief
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Zebra Technologies: Bar-code software

Zebra Technologies (Vernon Hills, IL) has released Bar-One® v. 4.3. This latest version of Zebra's bar-code label design and integration software includes 5 predesigned label formats, which are available for immediate use, and a library of nearly 100 additional compliance formats.
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: Optical sensor

Even when the target is moving at production speed, the 6K subminiature optical sensor from Balluff (Florence, KY) learns its target with the touch of a button, electronically suppressing backgrounds and detecting clear objects.
Controls Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: PC-controlled weigher

Eagle large-capacity combination weight selection scale from SIG Pack Eagle (Oakland, CA) is said to be the only scale available using a standard industrial PC with no proprietary controls.
Machine Product Brief
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Cognex Corporation: Vision software

Cognex (Natick, MA) has introduced VisionLinx(TM), a communications software package for connecting Cognex Checkpoint® 900 Series machine vision systems to Rockwell's Allen-Bradley control products.
Controls Product Brief
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FANUC Robotics: Sub-zero palletizer

The Fanuc Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) M-410i palletizing system with vacuum grippers is designed to operate in the sub-zero environments of frozen food warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
Machine Product Brief
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Nigrelli Systems Inc: Crate denester

Changeover of crates that hold 12-oz to 3-L PET bottles can be accomplished without tools in less than 5 minutes on Nigrelli's (Kiel, WI) plastic tray automatic denesting system.
Machine Product Brief
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Cozzoli Machine Co.: Aseptic filling/stoppering

The Model VR2S-6 combination aseptic liquid filling and stoppering equipment from Cozzoli (Plainfield, NJ) operates at speeds to 300 containers/min. Can accommodate a wide range of liquids from heavy oils to aqueous products.

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