Machinery

Controls, Automation & Components

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Controls Product Brief
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Berry Plastics: Square container

A square HDPE container is now available from Berry Plastics (Evansville, IN). The modular design is said to increase shelf space and pallet utilization by up to 30% versus standard round containers.
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Machine Product Brief
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MGS Machine Corp.: Outserter

The Gemini dual outserter from MGS (Maple Grove, MN) can apply an outsert to either the top or side of glass or plastic bottles at a rate of up to 120 bpm.
Controls Product Brief
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3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division: Product directory

The 3M (St. Paul, MN) Packaging Systems Div. Product Directory delivers color detailing of all products sold by the division. Each product entry lists the name of the product, product number and detailed description including benefits and features.
Controls Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Transverse zipper

The Advantage T-Zip is a compact system that applies a transverse zipper onto the tops of packages created on a vertical form/fill/seal machine. From Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL), the system can be retrofit to existing belt-drive Triangle machines.
These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
Feature Article
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.
Controls Product Brief
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Labeling Systems : Water bottle labeler

Labeling Systems (Oakland, NJ) introduces the Model 4520 in-line p-s wrap labeler. This machine is designed for speeds to 250/min. The stepper motor-driven labeling head accepts labels from a 16" OD roll.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Conveyor feeds bagger

A modified Maximizer(TM) conveyor from Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) is specially designed to automate a customer's bagging machinery.
Machine Product Brief
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Dynaric Inc: Strapping machine

The RLM-1 bottom seal strapping machine from Dynaric (Teaneck, NJ) straps at up to 50 cycles/min. Automatically senses height, adjusting tension within range.
Controls Product Brief
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Coil design change

The updated Compak(TM) Jr. from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) offers a newly designed hand-held sealing coil said to be ergonomically correct for the operator.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: PLCs vs. PLSs

A new eight-page white paper from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) describes how PLCs and programmable limit switches (PLSs) differ. Describes how PLCs are designed for low-speed processes such as receiving input signals from sensors and limit switches and sending output signals to actuators, solenoid valves, motors and pneumatic cylinders.
Controls Product Brief
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Vf/f/s for pouches

PC 18 vf/f/s machine from GEI Mateer (Exton, PA) produces pouches from 11/2" to 12" W to hold product volumes from 1/4 oz to 1 gal. Handles pumpable products like liquid cheese, as well as particulates up to 11/2".
These two control cabinets show two of the 126 micro PLCs on the line, each the size of a common house brick. The PLC on the lef
Feature Article
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A new record for distributed control (sidebar)

How distributed control spreads the burden
Controls Product Brief
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Aromat Corporation: Variable-frequency drives

New VF-8 series of variable-frequency drives from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) provide simple, affordable speed control of standard 3-phase AC motors.
Machine Product Brief
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JanTec Inc: Conveyor belt

A 180° power belt with 0" inside radius is now available from Jan Tec (Traverse City, MI). Addition of a quick release feature to this product reduces changeover time and eases inspection and cleaning.
Controls Product Brief
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Thiele Technologies, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Liquid filler

Quick-clean, modular Top Fill machine from Thiele (Minneapolis, MN) offers the speed of a volumetric with the cleaning and changeover ease of a net-weight filler.

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