Machinery

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Machine Product Brief
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Container measurer

An automatic non-contact container measuring system, the Container Dimensional Gauge from AGR (Butler, PA), uses a high-resolution camera and back lighting to measure the size and shape of containers as large as 9"Wx12"H.
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Controls Product Brief
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Redlake MASD, Inc: Motion analysis

The new MotionScope PCI color series motion analyzer from Redlake Imaging (Morgan Hill, CA) captures mechanical events that are too fast for the eye to perceive.
Machine Product Brief
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PET bottles

CNC Containers (Tumwater, WA) has introduced a new line of PET bottles for hot-fill applications. These injection stretch/blow-molded bottles feature a double-bulb shoulder design and are available in 16-, 20-, 32- and 64-oz sizes with a 43-mm neck finish.
Machine Product Brief
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Quantum Creations: Pour spout

Quantum Creations (Emeryville, CA) has developed the Auto Pour System(TM). This PP fitment measures and dispenses granular goods. To keep contents fresh until next use, simply close the Auto Pour spout.
Machine Product Brief
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Superior Packaging Equip.: Product accumulator

Superior Packaging's (Carlstadt, NJ) Guardian accumulator optimizes line efficiency by compensating for both upstream and downstream stoppages. During downstream stoppages, product is stored in the high-capacity carrier system.
Controls Product Brief
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Manual Makers, Inc: Manual maker software

Manual Maker 99 Software from Manual Makers (Sarasota, FL) is a point-and-click Windows(TM)-based software system that stores text, graphics and technical drawings in a database format to generate machine-specific manuals.
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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Westamp Inc: Brushless servo drives

An 80-page color catalog highlights Westamp's (Chatsworth, CA) SP2k product line, which is used in industrial motion control applications. The catalog covers the features, benefits, connection schemes, performance-matched brushless servo motor data, servo drive options, BR Series Brushless Servo motor dimensional data and brushless servo motor connections for all Westamp's products.
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Feature Article
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'Servo-ing' up new generation Lifesavers

High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.
Controls Product Brief
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Parvex, Inc: Digital servo drives

Digivex Multi Drives (DMD) from Parvex (Elmsford, NY) are said to offer higher torque at high speed, smooth rotation at low speed and greater stiffness at standstill.
Machine Product Brief
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Thiele Technologies, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Auto bagging system

The Thiele (Minneapolis, MN) Omnistar(TM) automatic bagging system accommodates multi-wall paper and plastic bags at speeds to 20/min. Offers automatic bag pick-up and discharge of unopened or improperly sized bags.
Controls Product Brief
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Huettinger Electronic, Inc: Air-cooled sealer

Huettinger Electronic (Farmington, CT) has introduced its new Model SIG 3/50CAP System for sealing caps to plastic and glass containers. Said to be the first production-speed induction cap sealer to be totally air cooled, the system relies on an air-cooled induction coil that eliminates the need to circulate water in order to maintain a safe temperature in the coil.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Automation: IP-based factory control

Schneider Automation's (North Andover, MA) Transparent Factory control strategy, based on Internet technologies over Ethernet, permits production data from packaging machinery to be analyzed, formatted and delivered to databases, Web sites or e-mail.
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.

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