Machinery

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Controls Product Brief
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Peco Controls Corporation: SPC software

Peco Controls' (Milpitas, CA) PDQ2000 is a Year-2000-compliant version of its statistical process control and data collection software for the company's fill-level monitoring and package integrity systems.
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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Posimat, Inc: Bottle unscrambler

No tools are required for changeover on the Posiflex rotary bottle un-scrambler from Posimat (Miami, FL). Instead, one-minute change-over requires only three hand-crank adjustments.
Machine Product Brief
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Vision Packaging Systems: Vf/f/s system

Vision Packaging's (Appleton, WI) IM 250 vf/f/s system uses Allen-Bradley controls, comes in stainless steel and operates at speeds to 120 packs/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Simco: Narrow-web cleaning

Simco's (Hatfield, PA) Neutro-Vac® narrow-web cleaning system is designed to reduce press stops and printed material rejects caused by dust and dirt.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Pack-Age Inc: Pack-Age Inc: Multimedia packages

Brookdale Plastics, Inc. (Plymouth, MN) has introduced vacuum-formed stock multimedia packages. The packages come in a variety of standard shapes and sizes and are made of PVC plastic in widths ranging from 0.010" to 0.030".
Machine Product Brief
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Exair Corporation: Air knife

The Super Air Knife from Exair (Cincinnati, OH) cleans, dries or cools parts, webs or conveyors at a sound level of 70 db--considerably quieter than standard blow-off units, according to the manufacturer.
Controls Product Brief
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Hewlett-Packard Indigo: Digital color press

At $249ꯠ, the e-Print® Pro(TM) is reported by its manufacturer, Indigo (Woburn, MA), to be the least expensive digital color press on the market.
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.
Feature Article
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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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Imaging Technology Inc: Machine vision selection

Imaging Technology(Bedford, MA) has released a white paper entitled "How to Select the Right Frame Grabber: Choosing Features and Functions." The paper describes what a frame grabber is and how it works as part of a machine vision system.
Machine Product Brief
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American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: Synthetic paper for IML

Yupo Corp. (Chesapeake, VA) has introduced Yupo® synthetic paper for in-mold labeling applications. Preprinted PP substrate can be inserted into molds prior to blow-molding bottles to create a "no-label" look.
Controls Product Brief
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GE Fanuc Automation: Integrated controller

GE Fanuc Automation (Charlottesville, VA) has introduced the new OCS Operator Control Station, incorporating a logic controller, human-machine interface and networking capability.
Controls Product Brief
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Hyde Park Electronics: Ultrasonic sensors

Hyde Park's (Dayton, OH) Superprox® Model SM906 series 30-mm ultrasonic analog sensors allow the user to set two span limits within a 1- or 2-m sensing range.

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