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FactoryWare: Line analysis tool

Factory Pulse(TM) is a combination of hardware and software from Factoryware (Evanston, IL) that can be used to analyze cycle time and downtime issues on packaging lines.
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Balluff: Wireless sensor

Power remote sensor system from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows less connection for limit switches and sensors on robotic grippers, dies, fixtures, rotary tables and removable tooling.
Controls Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: Bottle sleever

The Servo Sleever from Krones (Franklin, WI) applies heat-shrinkable body sleeves to bottles at speeds to 400 cpm. Provides direct feed, cutting and application without vacuum or complex handling parts.
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Powder filling system

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) automatic powder filling system runs at speeds from 35 to 80 cpm on rigid container filling lines. A checkweigher directs filling heads to increase or decrease fill amount.
Machine Product Brief
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LogoTech Inc: P-s labelers

A color brochure from LogoTech (Fairfield, NJ) details the company's line of automatic p-s labeling machines and their applications. Features, specifications and labeling options are listed and accompanied by numerous photos and tables.
Controls Product Brief
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Total Control Products: Web-based factory automation

Total Control Products (Melrose Park, IL) has issued a white paper on leveraging Internet technologies to streamline the flow of data and information on the plant floor.
Controls Product Brief
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Patriot Sensors: High-speed PLS

Gemco Series 1090 ultra-high-speed programmable limit switch is now available from Patriot Sensors & Controls Corp. (Clawson, MI). Offers 16 five-microsec outputs from its front panel and 16 250-microsec outputs that can be fed to Allen-Bradley's I/O.
Controls Product Brief
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Galil Motion Control, Inc: USB motion controller

Galil Motion Control's (Mountain View, CA) DMC-2000 Series motion controllers are now available with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection. Motion controllers can be plugged into a USB port on a PC, without requiring a dedicated interface card.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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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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Eskay Corp.: Eskay Corp.: Conveyors

Eskay (Salt Lake City, UT) has released a brochure featuring its advanced line of conveyor systems. Conveyors offer ready integration to other material flow systems such as automated storage buffers, carousels and sorters, and are available in roller, belt and chain configurations.
Machine Product Brief
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The Woodman Co.: Form/fill/seal system

The Spectra Pacer System from Woodman (Decatur, GA) is a form/fill/seal system that makes and fills small- to mid-sized bags at speeds up to 70/min. The compact unit combines weighing accuracy with a small footprint, according to the manufacturer.
Controls Product Brief
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S.V. Dice Designers: Bag uncuffer

The Waypak/Dice PBUC-UFC plastic bag uncuffer from S.V. Dice Designers (Walnut, CA) is designed to uncuff a plastic bag from a filled case, fold the bag over the products, tamp the air out of the bag, and close and seal the case.
Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Servo drive systems

ELAU's PacDrive S servo drive system, available from Orbit Motion Technologies (Mashpee, MA), can be used to replace mechanical cam plates, vertical shafts, gears and clutches in packaging equipment.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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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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