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Controls Product Brief
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SICK, Inc: Color contrast sensor

The KT10 from SICK Optic-Electronic (Bloomington, MN) is a 10-color contrast sensor that is said to read any contrast in color 25ꯠ times/sec. The operator pushes a button to "teach" the sensor, which then "looks" at the contrast it is required to sense and selects the proper light source for best results.
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Controls Product Brief
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Compumotor: Stepper/servo drives

Newly introduced Gemini family of drives from Parker Hannifin's Compumotor Div. (Rohnert Park, CA) are available in stepper and servo versions. GT digital standalone stepper drive is available in four power levels.
Machine Product Brief
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FlexLink Systems, Inc: FlexLink Systems, Inc: Conveyor systems brochure

"Conveyor Systems and Automation Components: Product Overview," a 32-pg brochure from FlexLink Systems (Bethlehem, PA), includes a detailed description of the company's product line.
Controls Product Brief
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Marprint, Inc: Corner labeler

The Corner Wrap applicator from Paragon(TM) (White Bear Lake, MN) is suitable for labeling products, cartons, cases and pallets at 15/min. The applicator detects the product or package as it moves along a conveyor, causing a p-s label to be printed and dispensed onto a 90 vacuum grid positioned in the path of the pro-duct.
Machine Product Brief
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Hoppmann Corp.: Feeder

Designed for integration with vision-guided robots, the FW-4500 feeder from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is suitable for pack-aging applications ranging from tiny parts to 1-lb castings.
Controls Product Brief
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Ropak Packaging: Square plastic containers

Ropak (Fullerton, CA) has released an expanded line of square, injection-molded HDPE containers. They come in 2.1-, 3.3- 3.7-, 4- and 4.25-gal sizes, all with built-in handles.
Controls Product Brief
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Baldor Electric Company: Stock products catalog

Baldor (Fort Smith, AR) has released its latest stock products catalog, containing information on more than 5ꯠ ratings. Includes sections describing Baldor's new prod-ucts, Mod Express Delivery Program and three-day Customer Training Workshops, as well as the company's other products.
Machine Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filler sheet

The Cerebus III, B-400 auger filling machine is featured in a four-color catalog sheet from All-Fill (Sykesville, MD). Filler combines the design of All-Fill's standard auger filler with the latest generation of its Cerebus control technology.
Controls Product Brief
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Cintex of America, Inc: Control/data collection

Management Information And Control System (MIACS) Software from Cintex (Kenosha, WI) is a PC-based network software package that stores an unlimited number of menus.
Machine Product Brief
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Domino: Data matrix software

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) offers data matrix software that eliminates the need for an external controller or PC. Available for Domino's A200 and A300 ink-jet printers, the software enables stand-alone operation with direct translation to data matrix printout on products in pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive industries.
Controls Product Brief
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Multivac Inc: Form/fill/seal system

Multivac's (Kansas City, MO) Model R-330 vacuum packaging machine can accommodate two complete die sets mounted on the machine, with the changeover between them being as simple as selecting the desired, pre-programmed set.
After caps are applied, jars pass through an induction sealer (left) that secures a foil liner to the 63-mm finish. The clos
Feature Article
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Seneca sets its sights on plastic

Seneca Foods was among the first to convert from glass to hot-fillable plastic jars for applesauce. Now it fills both glass and plastic containers on essentially the same line.
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.

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