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The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
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Software helps Hershey slay downtime

Powerful software allows Hershey to automatically gather packaging efficiency data. Local and remote line control and monitoring are added bonuses.
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Focus Automation Systems, Inc: Inspection system

PharmaVision from Focus Automation (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) is a fully automated inspection system for pharmaceutical labels that is said to examine 100% of all label features.
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.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Cap liner

Tri-Shield(TM) from Tri-Seal Intl. (Blauvelt, NY) is a new seven-layer coextruded cap lining system made of foams or solids such as EVA or PP. The high-barrier material is suitable for caps on packaged products that need to retain carbon dioxide or keep oxygen from degrading them.
Controls Product Brief
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Compumotor: Ethernet motion controller

Compumotor (Rohnert Park, CA) has introduced the 6K motion controller with a built-in 10 megabit/sec Ethernet connection for communicating with a PLC or PC controller on a packaging machine.
Controls Product Brief
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Patriot Sensors: High-speed PLS

Gemco Series 1090 ultra-high-speed programmable limit switch is now available from Patriot Sensors & Controls Corp. (Clawson, MI). Offers 16 five-microsec outputs from its front panel and 16 250-microsec outputs that can be fed to Allen-Bradley's I/O.
Controls Product Brief
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Baldor Electric Company: Motion drive catalog

Baldor Electric Co. (Fort Smith, AR) offers a 127-page motion drive catalog that incorporates Baldor Vector Drives®, Baldor Servo Drives® and Baldor's new MINT(TM) motion control products.
Machine Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Air conveyors

A new eight-page brochure from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) details its Isometric Air Conveyor, which controls the high-speed travel of empty lightweight cans on production lines.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: PLS for SLC-500

The new PL-1746 PLµS plug-in module from Electro Cam Corp. (Roscoe, IL) is a programmable limit switch on a card that plugs into Allen-Bradley's SLC-500 family of PLCs.
Controls Product Brief
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Parvex, Inc: Parvex, Inc: Fieldbus primer

A short primer from Parvex (Elmsford, NY) describes the basics of fieldbuses and groups them into three classes: local, fast, high real-time capability; long distance, fast, high number of nodes, medium real-time capability; and long distance, fast, no real-time capability.
Controls Product Brief
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Heuft USA Inc: Rejection system

A four-page color brochure describing the Multisegment Rejector is now available from Heuft (Downers Grove, IL). The Rejector segments form a deflector curve that guides unacceptable containers off-line at speeds from 50 to 2귔 containers/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Supermatic Package Machinery, Inc: Aerosol filler

Supermatic (Fairfield, NJ) introduces the Coster MIG-2 aerosol filler that is entirely self-contained, eliminating the need for a large separate gas house.
Controls Product Brief
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Green Bay Packaging Inc: Label material

Green Bay Packaging's (Green Bay, WI) Lasertech label material offers converters a 50# laser-grade p-s construction designed for sheet-fed or continuous-feed laser applications.

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