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Ranpak Corporation: PC-operated paper converter

Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) is offering its PadPak® converter with the Packaging Automated Logistics (PAL) System(TM). The PAL System's database of user-specified packing information allows the operator to assign and recall a number for each product.
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GRAFCO PET Packaging Technologies: Squat-style sprayer

Grafco (Hanover, MD) has announced the addition of a 32-oz squat-style sprayer to its line. The sprayer, which features a 28-400 finish, is blow-molded of PET.
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Pilz International: Windows CE HMI

Pilz's (Farmington Hills, MI) line of human-machine interfaces (HMI) consists of an industrial PC in an operator interface touchscreen running HMI software under Windows(TM) CE.
This excerpted screen capture of the PC control programming software shows a portion of ladder logic programming that incorporat
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PC control grows up

Contract packager Beverage Capital becomes one of the first users of a 78-valve liquid filler controlled by a single PC. Benefits include ease of use, faster troubleshooting.
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Leeson Electric: Electric motor brochure

A free, color brochure from Leeson Electric (Grafton, WI) provides an inside look at the company's new design for its NEMA 182T-184T frame AC motor product line.
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VMIC: PC control software

VMIC (Huntsville, AL) has released version 2.40 of its IOWorks® PC-based control software. Enhancements include extensive support for time-tagged, sequence-of-events data.
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Pactiv: Paper pallets

Hexacomb® honeycomb pallets from Pactiv Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) can handle loads in excess of 2ꯠ lb. Priced competitively, the pallets are also generally 30 lb lighter than wood.
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B&R Industrial Automation: Thin-panel PC

The Provit 5600 industrial PC from B&R Indus-trial Automation (Roswell, GA) combines a sealed front panel designed for tough NEMA 4-type environments with the convenience of front access to CD-ROM and floppy disk drives.
As a case moves down a powered roller conveyor, its bar code is scanned. This information is sent directly across an industri
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Controls system simplifies automatic case sortation

In the central packaging area of the two-year-old snack plant built by Pretzels, Inc. in Bluffton, In, corrugated cases of bagged snacks are conveyed from packaging to palletizing on a single powered roller conveyor.
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ABB Drives & Power Products: DC drive

Compact at only 103/4" wide, the digital six-pulse DCS 400 Smart Drive from ABB (New Berlin, WI) is available as a non-regenerative or regenerative unit.
Machine Product Brief
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Streamfeeder: Coupon inserter

The ST 550 Universal Friction Feeder® from Streamfeeder (Minneapolis, MN) automatically inserts coupons into cartons and containers at speeds to 450/min.
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Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc: Volumetric filler

Spee-Dee's (Sturtevant, WI) volumetric cup fillers now include PLCs to facilitate use of photoeyes and sensors and to ease interfaces with other equipment on the line.
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Hayssen, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Vertical form/fill/seal

The Servo II vf/f/s machine from Hayssen (Duncan, SC) uses servo motors that withstand washdowns. Operates at speeds to 110 bags/min. An Allen-Bradley 5/04 control system and PanelView 900 touchscreen operator interface allow storage of up to 100 user-defined programs.
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Alpha Checkweighers: Checkweiger

The CW-10 checkweighing system from Alpha Checkweighers (Exton, PA) has a 12-lb capacity and a 350 weightments/min top speed, making it suitable for primary packages for foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and chemical products.
Controls Product Brief
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Rollstock, Inc: Rollstock, Inc: Linerless labeler

Marprint's new labeler from Paragon(TM) (White Bear Lake, MN) prints and applies linerless labels to pallets, cases, cartons or products. Because the rollstock labels do not use a carrier web, there is no leftover material to discard, and rolls contain up to 40% more labels.

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