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Controls Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Internet-based support

SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) has launched SIG Online, a service that permits SIG engineers to remotely troubleshoot packaging equipment via a factory network's Internet connection.
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Controls Product Brief
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Cognex Corporation: Surface inspector

Detecting, measuring and classifying defects during the making of web-based flexible packaging is accomplished by the SmartView Modular Camera Network.
Controls Product Brief
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Rockwell Automation: Smart power system

The new Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) Smart Power micro-controller works together with a machine's motion and axis micro controllers.
Machine Product Brief
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Columbia/Okura: Double-stack palletizer

Columbia/Okura's (Vancouver, WA) A Series robotic palletizers double-stack loads, conserving truck and warehouse floor space and reducing fork lift operation.
Controls Product Brief
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Belcor Industries Inc: Packer/sealer

Designed for larger case sizes, the BEL 505 XL packer and the BEL 150X combination pack-and-seal system from Belcor (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) erects and seals cases up to 40"L x 24"W x 31"H.
Four crates are filled with each cycle of this machine. Each gripper aligns its bottle so that when bottles land in the crate, l
Feature Article
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
Machine Product Brief
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DVT Corporation: Machine vision

DVT's (Norcross, GA) Series 600 SmartImage high-resolution imaging system collects and relates control data such as QC inspection results, coordinates for motion controllers and bar-code verification.
Controls Product Brief
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Amgraph Packaging, Inc: High-gloss paper coating

Amgloss(TM) from Amgraph Packaging (Versailles, CT) is a proprietary method of coating paper that increases reflectivity as much as 40%. The high gloss is achieved by using EB curing systems combined with prelaminated materials and other proprietary techniques.
A 3Com employee scans a  serial number on an adapter  card. That information is entered  into the computer at this workstation
Feature Article
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3Com adds thermoformed plastic tray to its 'network'

Computer communications gear maker 3Com replaces a variety of materials with a plastic thermoformed tray that protects shipments of its network adapter cards and cuts manual packing time by half.
Machine Product Brief
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Cape Systems: Cape Systems: Design software

Cape Systems (Allen, TX) introduces Cape Pack '99, a new 32-bit packaging design and pallet-loading software application. Latest version operates within Windows(TM) 95, 98 or NT and is supplied on CD.
Controls Product Brief
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Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Inc: Lane guides

The Magna-Switch from Hi-Speed (Ithaca, NY) guides product to divide or converge without interrupting the conveying. A patented electromagnetic switching device fosters speedy lane changes for products from 21/2" in length or dia and up to 40 lb at a rate of up to 850 packs/min.
Machine Product Brief
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FANUC Robotics: High-speed robot

FANUC's (Rochester Hills, MI) M-410i robots offer a large work envelope due to their 123" horizontal reach, 115" vertical reach and 360° waist rotation.
Machine Product Brief
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Formost Fuji Corporation: Hf/f/s brochure

A six-page brochure details the FW-3400 Fuji-Formost Alpha V wrapping machine from Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA). The high-speed hf/f/s machine is capable of networking and data acquisition.
Machine Product Brief
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GSMA-Parish: Label inspection

The RoboSpect(TM) PSL from GSMA-Parish (Palm Bay, FL) is an automated, two-axis robotic vision inspection system designed for automating inspection of incoming roll-fed labels.
Controls Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: Information sheets

Krones' (Franklin, WI) lifeLINE folder contains eight information sheets describing Krones' ability to customize packaging solutions to fit a customer's needs and to provide adaptation for the life of the customer's line.

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