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Machine Product Brief
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Posimat, Inc: Bottle unscrambler

No tools are required for changeover on the Posiflex rotary bottle un-scrambler from Posimat (Miami, FL). Instead, one-minute change-over requires only three hand-crank adjustments.
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Machine Product Brief
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Vision Packaging Systems: Vf/f/s system

Vision Packaging's (Appleton, WI) IM 250 vf/f/s system uses Allen-Bradley controls, comes in stainless steel and operates at speeds to 120 packs/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Simco: Narrow-web cleaning

Simco's (Hatfield, PA) Neutro-Vac® narrow-web cleaning system is designed to reduce press stops and printed material rejects caused by dust and dirt.
Controls Product Brief
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: PC-based control and device networks

A new white paper from Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) describes the benefits of using open device-level networks on industrial machinery in combination with PC-based controllers.
Controls Product Brief
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Intellution Incorporated: Windows CE control

Now available for Windows(TM) CE, FIX Dynamics from Intellution (Norwood, MA) provides control and human-machine interface functions in a small software "footprint" for embedded control applications.
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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Feature Article
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Putting 'smart systems' to work

Avoid these common pitfalls when implementing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system on a packaging line.
Controls Product Brief
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Pack-Age Inc: Pack-Age Inc: Multimedia packages

Brookdale Plastics, Inc. (Plymouth, MN) has introduced vacuum-formed stock multimedia packages. The packages come in a variety of standard shapes and sizes and are made of PVC plastic in widths ranging from 0.010" to 0.030".
Machine Product Brief
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Exair Corporation: Air knife

The Super Air Knife from Exair (Cincinnati, OH) cleans, dries or cools parts, webs or conveyors at a sound level of 70 db--considerably quieter than standard blow-off units, according to the manufacturer.
Controls Product Brief
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Hewlett-Packard Indigo: Digital color press

At $249ꯠ, the e-Print® Pro(TM) is reported by its manufacturer, Indigo (Woburn, MA), to be the least expensive digital color press on the market.
Controls Product Brief
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GE Fanuc Automation: Integrated controller

GE Fanuc Automation (Charlottesville, VA) has introduced the new OCS Operator Control Station, incorporating a logic controller, human-machine interface and networking capability.
Controls Product Brief
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Definition Software: Operator interface software

Smooth Operator is a 32-bit Windows(TM) PC program from Definition Software (Andover, MN) that lets users create human-machine interface screens with buttons, text, progress bars or images without doing any Windows programming.
Feature Article
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CMM brings converting into the 21st Century

Through a conference program and exhibits, CMM Intl. attendees will be updated on the latest in printing and converting technologies. Here's a preview of what to expect at Chicago's McCormick Place, April 12 to 14.
Machine Product Brief
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Imaging Technology Inc: Machine vision selection

Imaging Technology(Bedford, MA) has released a white paper entitled "How to Select the Right Frame Grabber: Choosing Features and Functions." The paper describes what a frame grabber is and how it works as part of a machine vision system.
Machine Product Brief
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American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: Synthetic paper for IML

Yupo Corp. (Chesapeake, VA) has introduced Yupo® synthetic paper for in-mold labeling applications. Preprinted PP substrate can be inserted into molds prior to blow-molding bottles to create a "no-label" look.

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