Machinery

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Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Automation: IP-based factory control

Schneider Automation's (North Andover, MA) Transparent Factory control strategy, based on Internet technologies over Ethernet, permits production data from packaging machinery to be analyzed, formatted and delivered to databases, Web sites or e-mail.
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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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Common Point Technologies Inc: Linking proprietary controllers

Common Point Technologies Inc. (Sugar Grove, IL) is an automation systems integrator whose "Interposing PLC" allows packaging machines with proprietary controllers to communicate with other controllers, whether they're proprietary or industry-standard PLCs or PCs.
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
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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Hoffman: DeviceNet motion controller

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) has added the option of Device Net connectivity to its CLC, a PC-based multi-axis motion controller. Simplifies communications with popular third-party PLCs and I/O networks.
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Feature Article
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Putting 'smart systems' to work

Avoid these common pitfalls when implementing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system on a packaging line.
Controls Product Brief
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Sonoco Alloyd: Heat-seal data acquisition

Alloyd's (DeKalb, IL) two-station medical heat-sealer is now available with Level 5 data acquisition software enhanced for validation. Provides recipe management of setup parameters for fast, accurate changeovers.
Machine Product Brief
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Flexicell, Inc: Top loader

The Flexiloader flexible top loader from Flexicell (Richmond, VA) is designed to pack products into RSC cases, display trays and other containers at speeds to 500 products/min.
Controls Product Brief
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National Food Processors Assn.: Regulations sourcebook

The second edition of the Sourcebook of State Laws and Regulations for Food Processors is now available from the National Food Processors Assn. (Washington, DC).
Controls Product Brief
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: PC-based control and device networks

A new white paper from Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) describes the benefits of using open device-level networks on industrial machinery in combination with PC-based controllers.
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CMM brings converting into the 21st Century

Through a conference program and exhibits, CMM Intl. attendees will be updated on the latest in printing and converting technologies. Here's a preview of what to expect at Chicago's McCormick Place, April 12 to 14.

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