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Controls for a complex system

The entire operation of the MS700 bowl filling/lidding system running at Sanfilippo is tightly controlled by a SLC 504 programmable logic controller from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI).
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Controls Product Brief
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Vestil Manufacturing Co.: Stretch-wrap machine

The Vestil Mfg. Co. (Angola, IN) has introduced the SWA-48 semi-automatic stretch wrap machine. With a powered carousel and manual stretch-film wrap mast, the powered rotation of the turntable stretch wraps the palletized packages.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Robotic palletizer

APS' (New Freedom, PA) robotic palletizing systems are designed for maximum production in minimal floor space. Articulated arm robots can accommodate multiple case sizes within a workcell and can create mixed pallet loads if necessary.
Controls Product Brief
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Pliant Corporation: Pliant Corporation: Molded-in hinge

Hettinga Technologies (Des Moines, IA) has developed the Molded-In Lamina Hinge as a solution to problems associated with metal and one-piece plastic hinge assemblies.
Machine Product Brief
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Elf Machinery: Bottle unscrambler

The M 1500 Unscrambler from ELF Machinery (La Porte, IN) accommodates bottle heights up to 11.8" and diameters to 3.9" with no-tool changeover.
Controls Product Brief
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The Staplex Co.: Electric stapler

The Model SU-100 Ultra Heavy Capacity Electric Stapler from The Staplex Co. (Brooklyn, NY) staples up to 100 sheets of 20-lb paper or materials of equivalent thickness.
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
Machine Product Brief
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Airopak, a unit of PVC Container Corp.: Selection guide

A new selection guide from Airopak (Manchester, PA) outlines its selection of in-line fluorinated and ultra-clean HDPE containers for packaging of solvent-based and ultra-pure products.
Machine Product Brief
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Clamco Corporation: Shrink tunnels

Standard and optional features of the 854 Series of heat shrink tunnels are listed in a two-page brochure from Clamco (Cleveland, OH). Tunnels use variable-speed live/dead roller or coated fiberglass mesh conveyors.
Controls Product Brief
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Scientific Technologies Inc: Profiling scanners

ValuScan line of profiling scanners from Scientific Technologies (Fremont, CA) are now enhanced for more accurate detecting and measuring of products.
Machine Product Brief
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RD Industries, Inc: Fill/dispense system

A new closed-loop liquid filling and dispensing system designed to eliminate leaks and their messes is available from RD Industries (Omaha, NE). The patented Vent-A-Cap bottle-plug system is recessed into the bottle throat.
Machine Product Brief
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Ryson International, Inc: Spiral conveyor

Ryson's (Newport News, VA) space-saving vertical spiral conveyor offers low-grade incline, bi-directional operation, and a variety of models to handle a wide range of load sizes, from products smaller than a matchbook to pieces as large as 3"W x 6'L.
Machine Product Brief
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Laminations: Edge protectors

WrapBoard(TM) edge protectors from Laminations (Neenah, WI) are completely overwrapped with a layer of laminated paper for a more pleasing look. A water-resistant model protects pallet loads of products that are stored or shipped in damp or humid climates.
Controls Product Brief
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Liquid Container L.P.: Liquid Container L.P.: PET cylinder

A new 19-oz PET cylinder from Plaxicon (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) is ribbed to offer additional strength and a firm feel. Available with a 70-mm, injection-molded neck finish.
Machine Product Brief
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PBI-Dansensor Americ: CO2 leak detector

PBI-Dansensor's (Mahwah, NJ) Pack Check detects leaks in modified atmosphere packaging. Packages are manually inserted into a pressurized chamber where CO2 presence is evaluated according to pre-programmed settings (as many as 10).

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