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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.
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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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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Internet-based support

SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) has launched SIG Online, a service that permits SIG engineers to remotely troubleshoot packaging equipment via a factory network's Internet connection.
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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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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.
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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?
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Fraser Papers: Wine label swatchbook

Wine label papers from Fraser Papers (Stamford, CT) are available in a new swatchbook. The Wine Label line brings together Fraser's specialty-grade capabilities with its text and cover grades for the first time.
Controls Product Brief
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Peco Controls Corporation: SPC software

Peco Controls' (Milpitas, CA) PDQ2000 is a Year-2000-compliant version of its statistical process control and data collection software for the company's fill-level monitoring and package integrity systems.
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.
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.
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.

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