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Banner Engineering Corp.: Photoelectric sensors

Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN) has announced new Mini-Beam® and Q45 Universal Voltage photoelectric sensors. Operating at 24 to 250V ac, 50/60 Hz or 12 to 250V dc, these sensors are designed for applications such as palletizers, conveyors, packaging machines, feeder bowls and material hoppers.
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Controls Product Brief
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Accu-Sort Systems, Inc: Imaging sorting system

Accu-Sort Systems' (Telford, PA) AccuVision Model 3264 imaging system uses VisionKey for remote keying of label information. It permits fully automatic sortation using customer-supplied labels with or without bar codes.
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Ramsey: Point-level control

Ramsey, a Thermo Sentron Co. (Minneapolis, MN), now offers a complete line of point-level controls. New CAP Series Capacitance Level Controls offer point-level monitoring of solids in bins, vessels and chutes.
Machine Product Brief
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Custom Conveyor, Inc: Custom Conveyor, Inc: Solutions video

A new 16-min video from Custom Conveyor (Greensburg, IN) shows the latest technology and unique features of the company's line of conveyor systems.
Controls Product Brief
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GEI Intl. Inc: Flow wrapper

The new Flowtronic 120SF wrapping machine from GEI Intl. (Exton, PA) can produce up to 1ꯠ packs/min. Suitable for the confectionery industry, the machine features an Allen-Bradley PanelView(TM) 600 color display unit for tool-free adjustment of key parameters.
Controls Product Brief
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Rockwell Automation: Sensor publication

Sensors Today, a new publication from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI), features the latest developments in Allen-Bradley presence-sensing technology.
Machine Product Brief
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Peco Controls Corporation: Fill-level inspection

The Gamma 101P Fill Level Inspection System from PECO (Milpitas, CA) inspects all sizes and shapes of containers for almost any fill, from small vials of pharmaceuticals to filled cookies and crackers, from candies to deodorants, at speeds to 2군 cpm.
Machine Product Brief
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Supermatic Package Machinery, Inc: Tray former/shrink wrapper

From Supermatic Package Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) come tray former/shrink wrappers manufactured by Baumer Srl, Modena, Italy. Designed for speeds of 20, 30 or 40 cases/min, these machines handle products from one or more production lines.
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GE Fanuc Automation: Programming software

VersaPro(TM) PLC programming software for Windows(TM)-based personal computers is available from GE Fanuc Automation (Charlottesville, VA). Supports both Instruction List and Relay Ladder Diagram programming editors and provides switching capabilities between the two languages.
Controls Product Brief
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PneumaticScaleAngelus: Liquid filler

Pneumatic Scale (Cuya- hoga Falls, OH) has enhanced its Liquid Net Weigh Filler to improve the sterility of the filling mechanisms. Increased pressure in the supply tank forces all contaminants from product residue and cleaning solutions out of the system, according to manufacturer.
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PSI: PSI: Vacuum pumps

Designed for use in high-flow applications that call for moderate vacuum levels, the low-pressure M Series of pneumatically driven pumps from PIAB (Rockland, MA) provide up to 27" Hg vacuum at an inlet pressure of 49 psi.
Cross-feed conveyors receive product from a distribution conveyor for direct delivery to the combination scales. Shown here is t
Feature Article
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Fire gives snack baker a clean slate

Fire claimed Pretzels, Inc.'s Indiana headquarters plant on Christmas Eve '97. By the following August, a new plant with a streamlined packaging room had risen from the ashes.
Machine Product Brief
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Industrial Dynamics/filtec: Inspection system

Offered as an alternative or as an upgrade to its gamma-based system, Industrial Dynamics' (Torrance, CA) FT-70 is an X-ray inspection system that checks liquid fill levels in metal, glass or plastic containers.
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Electro Cam Corporation: CD-ROM product guide

An interactive multimedia guide from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) combines all of the company's product, application and technical literature into a single, user-friendly CD-ROM.
The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.

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