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OSHA to crack the whip

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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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Intellution Incorporated: Windows CE control

Now available for Windows(TM) CE, FIX Dynamics from Intellution (Norwood, MA) provides control and human-machine interface functions in a small software "footprint" for embedded control applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Solapak, Inc: Horizontal wrappers

The reciprocal BWB-3000-E and the rotary BWR-3000-HE are new models in Solapak's (Elmhurst, NY) CE series of horizontal wrappers. Servo control does away with drive parts, thereby reducing maintenance needs.
Machine Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case erector/sealer

A-B-C's (Tarpon Springs, FL) Pro Forma 550 continuous-motion case erector and bottom sealer has been enhanced to achieve speeds to 60 cases/min. A-B-C's machine control is a PLC with an encoder that uses closed-loop position feedback to ensure precise sychronization of all the components.
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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Definition Software: Operator interface software

Smooth Operator is a 32-bit Windows(TM) PC program from Definition Software (Andover, MN) that lets users create human-machine interface screens with buttons, text, progress bars or images without doing any Windows programming.
Machine Product Brief
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Banner Engineering Corp.: Laser gauging sensors

L-GAGE(TM) laser gauging systems are used in applications including the measurement of dia or thickness. From Banner Eng. (Minneapolis, MN), the non-contacting sensors offer maximum resolution of 10 microns (0.01 mm).
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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CTC Parker Automation: Simplified changeover

CTC Parker Automation (Milford, OH) has introduced the Machine Configuration Module(TM) (MCM) option for its human-machine interface software. Designed specifically for discrete operations like packaging, MCM benefits include faster changeover for end-users and more rapid development of modular configurations for OEMs meeting unique customer requirements.
Machine Product Brief
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Formost Fuji Corporation: Hf/f/s brochure

A six-page brochure details the FW-3400 Fuji-Formost Alpha V wrapping machine from Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA). The high-speed hf/f/s machine is capable of networking and data acquisition.

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