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Once wrapped and sealed, individual pieces of Creme  Savers are discharged onto a takeaway conveyor
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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.
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Machine Product Brief
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Ramsey: Verification system

As a feature on its MetalScout IIe metal detector, Ramsey (Minneapolis, MN) has added the AuditCheck automatic performance verification system. Fully automatic, the system tests product on a preprogrammed basis and reports to the operator if any deviation from the original sample level is detected.
Controls Product Brief
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Leeson Electric: Inverter brochure

A color product brochure from Leeson Electric (Grafton, WI) features the company's new models of Speedmaster® inverters that use plain-English programming.
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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Automation Intelligence: Automation Intelligence: Servos over the Web

Automation Intelligence (Duluth, GA) is now selling select Sanyo Denki AC servo motors and drives direct to users and OEMs via its Web site at www.MotionOnline.com.
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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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Baldor Electric Company: Linear motors

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) now offers a complete line of linear motors. Linear motors provide speed, acceleration, accuracy and repeatability for many applications such as robotics, machine tool access, packaging equipment and medical equipment.
Controls Product Brief
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Garvey Corporation: Carton merger

The Carton Merge Unit from Garvey (Blue Anchor, NJ) merges multiple lanes of cartons into one with only simple guiderails and frame adjustments that require no tools.
Controls Product Brief
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DuPont Packaging: DuPont Packaging: Aqueous plate system

Cyrel® aqueous-processible plate for narrow-web printing is offered by DuPont Cyrel Packaging Graphics Products (Wilmington, DE). Plates are said to be print-ready in about an hour.
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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Compumotor: Stepper/servo drives

Newly introduced Gemini family of drives from Parker Hannifin's Compumotor Div. (Rohnert Park, CA) are available in stepper and servo versions. GT digital standalone stepper drive is available in four power levels.
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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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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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.

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