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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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MagneTek: Variable-frequency drives

A white paper entitled 'The Simple Truth About Motor-Drive Compatibility' is now available from MagneTek (St. Louis, MO). It identifies some reasons for premature failure of windings and bearings of Variable-Frequency Drives (VFDs).
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SATO America, Inc: SATO America, Inc: SATO America, Inc: Print/apply labelers

Auto Labe's (Fort Pierce, FL) print/apply labelers for tamp or blow-on applications are available in three versions: The Model 150 with Datamax print engine operates at up to 10"/sec and handles labels as small as 1"x1" or as large as 5" x 12"; with the Zebra print engine, it operates at up to 12"/sec and accommodates labels from 2"x2" to 7.2"x39".
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BFGoodrich Performance Materials: PP alloy

BFGoodrich Performance Materials (Cleveland, OH) has introduced Stat-Rite(TM) M-200 alloy, an opaque, static-dissipative PP-based alloy designed to provide clean, permanent electrostatic discharge protection in semiconductor and medical-device packaging.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Upper Limits Engineering Co.: Weigher

Featuring a short drop for delicate products, Upper Limits' (Livermore, CA) new Flow-Logic Low Profile weigher is a single-bucket system for weighing free-flowing products like cereal, snack foods and cookies.
Controls Product Brief
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Avery Dennison Retail Information Systems (Printer Div.): Tag & label software

Avery Dennison Printer Systems (Philadelphia, PA) has released a Windows(TM)-based program called Avery Dennison(TM) 32-Bit Tag & Label Software. The program is compatible with the previous 16-bit version of the software.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Tray loader

The USDA-approved Traymaster from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) automatically distributes product onto continuously moving trays in one or two lanes.
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ASCO Numatics, Inc: Miniature solenoid valves

Numatics, Inc. (Highland, MI) offers the Mark 4 Series of miniature direct solenoid and low-watt solenoid air-pilot-actuated valves. They feature a lightweight, high-flow four-way design.
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Richards Packaging: PET oblongs

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) now offers six sizes of PET oblongs with continuous-thread neck finishes. The 100-, 125-, 160-, 200-, 250- and 300-mL bottles feature large front and back label panels.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: Programmable limit switch

The PL-1746 PLµS plug-in module from Electro Cam Corp. (Roscoe, IL) is designed for use with the SLC 500 family of Allen-Bradley programmable logic controls.
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Graham Packaging: Blow-molding guide

Graham Eng. (York, PA) has released a brochure of its indexing and continuous rotary systems for blow molding of bottles and containers in various sizes.
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FoxJet, An ITW Company: Print engine

FXTechnology(TM) from FoxJet (Arlington, TX) is a patent-pending print engine that produces high-resolution alphanumeric characters, graphics and bar codes in dark dotless print.
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Mectrol: Timing belts

USDA/FDA-approved urethane timing belts are available from Mectrol (Salem, NH). Available in any length and up to 18" wide, the belts are lightweight but are reinforced with Kevlar to ensure strength without stretching.
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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.

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