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Stark & Associates, Liquid Dispensing Systems Div.: Spray containers

A 4-color brochure describing 3- and 11-oz bottom-pump, air-powered spray containers is available from Stark & Associates (Charlotte, NC). Titled "EuroSpray: Refillable Air-Powered Spray Containers," the brochure describes the various applications and advantages of using the spray containers and gives simple, illustrated instructions for use and refilling.
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The camera, mounted over the wiper insertion station (above), verifies the presence of wipers in each tube (black insert at the
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Machine vision affords economic inspection

Inexpensive machine vision frees up two workers, provides 100% on-line inspection for cosmetics producer.
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Diverter

Schmidt-Transpo's (Stuttgart, Germany) classifier/diverter gently steers containers or products in a desired direction using plastic guides on a coated aluminum cog belt.
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Row alignment system

SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) uses the physics of ocean waves in the operation of its DMY Marshalling Yard, which arranges small, light, flat food products such as cookies and crackers into straight rows as they are conveyed to packing stations.
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National Wooden Pallet and Container Assn.: Pallet retrieval/recovery

A brochure from the National Wooden Pallet and Container Assn. (Arlington, VA) illustrates how retrieval and recovery systems can provide a low-cost solution for pallet and container users, eliminating hassles, saving time and remaining environment friendly.
Because of the large number of private-label accounts and brands it packs, Amalie orders generically-printed shipping cases (abo
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Oil packer's ink-jets add bar codes

Private-label motor oil customers seek better bottle codes and bar codes on cases. Packer siezes opportunity to upgrade to a networked system using wax-based inks that help plant achieve pollution cutbacks.
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Custom Conveyor, Inc: Conveyor

Custom Conveyor (Greensburg, IN) has added the new Center Drive unit design to its High-Capacity Belt-Driven Live Roller accumulation conveyor. The compact Center Drive unit is powered by a direct-coupled geared motor design, eliminating the need for chains and sprockets.
Machine Product Brief
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HDPE bullet rounds

Matrix Packaging (Addison, IL) has introduced 16-oz and 32-oz extrusion blow-molded bullet rounds for the personal care and cosmetics industries. The 16-oz bullet is available with an SPI 24/415 neck finish, and the 32-oz bullet has an SPI 23/425 neck finish.
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Siemens Industry Inc: PLC training program

The Industrial Software Business of Siemens Energy & Automation (Alpharetta, GA) has launched a 5-day training and certification program for its suite of Simatic software for industrial control applications.
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Sicht Pack, Inc: Color brochure

A new color brochure from Sicht-Pack (Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada) highlights the company's capabilities in transparent packaging, including its clear, folding package of residue-free, burnable PET.
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Rockwell Automation: Ethernet data collector

The DataMyte 953 data collector from Rockwell Automation's DataMyte Div. (Minnetonka, MN) is now available with Ethernet connectivity, among other options.
PLCs (top) have been the mainstay of packaging machine control for years, but use of PC controllers (above) has been rising. Bot
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Debating the future of packaging machine control

PC vs PLC -- Six packaging machinery builders debate the pros and cons of controlling packaging machinery with either computers or programmable logic controllers.
Controls Product Brief
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Bosch Automation Technology: Conveyor catalog

Bosch Automation's (Racine, WI) conveyor catalog features 114 pages of drawings and specifications on the TS1 high-speed assembly conveyor components.
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Sonic Air Systems, Inc: Models on CD-ROM

A new CD-ROM displaying 3-D solid models of Sonic's air blowers, air knives and other components is available from Sonic Air Systems (Fullerton, CA).
Machine Product Brief
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European Packaging Machinery, Inc: Inspection system

The FCH-150 HF fill-level inspection system from European Packaging Machinery (Tennent, NJ) uses 27-MHz scanning to check fluid levels in clear or opaque glass, plastic or ceramic containers.

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