Machinery

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OSHA to crack the whip

Industry says that proposed new regulations on safety and health and on ergonomics are unnecessary. Will OSHA listen?
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Controls Product Brief
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Thomson Industries, Inc: Stepper motor handbook

The "Stepper Motor Handbook" from Thomson Industries (Cheshire, CT) is a color handbook that covers the company's line of permanent magnet stepper motors and geared motors.
Machine Product Brief
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Lamaur Div., Lamaur Corp.: VOC compliance

Lamaur Corp's (Minneapolis, MN) Lamaur Div. has completed development and performance testing of a full line of 55% VOC compliant aerosol and non-aerosol hair sprays.
Machine Product Brief
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Upper Limits Engineering Co.: Net weight filler

Upper Limits' (Livermore, CA) new microprocessor-controlled net weight filler is available in gravity/gravity or gravity/vibrator configurations.
Controls Product Brief
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Seaquist Perfect Dispensing: Vertical aerosol valve

Seaquist Perfect Dispensing (Cary, IL) has introduced its new Spray Anyway® VX86 vertical aerosol valve. It allows high-speed, through-the-button filling and high-speed pressure filling after the valve is crimped to the can.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: Programmable limit switches

A white paper from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) titled "Internal High-Speed Logic" explains in plain language what a programmable limit switch is and how it performs machine logic by using inputs from sensors and switches to trigger outputs such as solenoids.
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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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Horizontal wrapper

SIG Pack's Doboy Div. (New Richmond, WI) has introduced the Linium 301 horizontal wrapper for use with food or non-food products. The unit offers improved sanitation by separating the product track from the machine's frame.
Machine Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case erector/sealer

A-B-C's (Tarpon Springs, FL) Pro Forma 550 continuous-motion case erector and bottom sealer has been enhanced to achieve speeds to 60 cases/min. A-B-C's machine control is a PLC with an encoder that uses closed-loop position feedback to ensure precise sychronization of all the components.
Controls Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: Service information

Krones' (Franklin, WI) Service Information System, KROSIS, is designed to increase line utilization while also providing information on the line's cost-effectiveness.
Controls Product Brief
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PIAB USA Inc: Vacuum products CD-ROM

PIAB's (Rockland, MA) new CD-ROM presents the company's complete range of vacuum products, highlighting its conveyors. Said to be ideal for food handling, pharmaceutical and chemical applications, the stainless-steel conveyors transport up to 10 tons/hr safely and quietly.
Controls Product Brief
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X-Rite, Inc: Color assurance software

X-Rite (Grandville, MI) has announced the introduction of QA-Lite(TM), a Windows(TM) 95-based quality assurance software package for displaying, analyzing and storing spectral color data.
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.
Machine Product Brief
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Banner Engineering Corp.: Laser gauging sensors

L-GAGE(TM) laser gauging systems are used in applications including the measurement of dia or thickness. From Banner Eng. (Minneapolis, MN), the non-contacting sensors offer maximum resolution of 10 microns (0.01 mm).
Controls Product Brief
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Cookson Plastic Molding Corp.: Plastic pallet

Cookson Plastic Molding Corp. (Latham, NY) has introduced a plastic pallet for the dairy industry. This foamed HDPE pallet is competitive with wood pallets on a cost/ performance basis due to its longer useful life.

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