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Electro Cam Corporation: PLS for SLC-500

The new PL-1746 PLµS plug-in module from Electro Cam Corp. (Roscoe, IL) is a programmable limit switch on a card that plugs into Allen-Bradley's SLC-500 family of PLCs.
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Controls Product Brief
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Omega Design Corp.: Compact shrink bundler

Omega Design's (Exton, PA) new Classic shrink bundler automatically collates containers or cartons and bundles them into unitized packages wrapped in clear PE film to protect against label marring.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
Feature Article
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
Controls Product Brief
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Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Cap liner

Tri-Shield(TM) from Tri-Seal Intl. (Blauvelt, NY) is a new seven-layer coextruded cap lining system made of foams or solids such as EVA or PP. The high-barrier material is suitable for caps on packaged products that need to retain carbon dioxide or keep oxygen from degrading them.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
Feature Article
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Air conveyors

A new eight-page brochure from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) details its Isometric Air Conveyor, which controls the high-speed travel of empty lightweight cans on production lines.
Controls Product Brief
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Parvex, Inc: Parvex, Inc: Fieldbus primer

A short primer from Parvex (Elmsford, NY) describes the basics of fieldbuses and groups them into three classes: local, fast, high real-time capability; long distance, fast, high number of nodes, medium real-time capability; and long distance, fast, no real-time capability.
Controls Product Brief
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Heuft USA Inc: Rejection system

A four-page color brochure describing the Multisegment Rejector is now available from Heuft (Downers Grove, IL). The Rejector segments form a deflector curve that guides unacceptable containers off-line at speeds from 50 to 2귔 containers/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Supermatic Package Machinery, Inc: Aerosol filler

Supermatic (Fairfield, NJ) introduces the Coster MIG-2 aerosol filler that is entirely self-contained, eliminating the need for a large separate gas house.
Controls Product Brief
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Green Bay Packaging Inc: Label material

Green Bay Packaging's (Green Bay, WI) Lasertech label material offers converters a 50# laser-grade p-s construction designed for sheet-fed or continuous-feed laser applications.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Robotic palletizer

APS' (New Freedom, PA) robotic palletizing systems are designed for maximum production in minimal floor space. Articulated arm robots can accommodate multiple case sizes within a workcell and can create mixed pallet loads if necessary.
Controls Product Brief
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Pliant Corporation: Pliant Corporation: Molded-in hinge

Hettinga Technologies (Des Moines, IA) has developed the Molded-In Lamina Hinge as a solution to problems associated with metal and one-piece plastic hinge assemblies.
Machine Product Brief
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Elf Machinery: Bottle unscrambler

The M 1500 Unscrambler from ELF Machinery (La Porte, IN) accommodates bottle heights up to 11.8" and diameters to 3.9" with no-tool changeover.

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