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Tf/f/s machine big on performance, not price

Contract packager finds Argentine-built thermoform/fill/seal blister packaging equipment provides fast and flexible changeover capabilities at an economical price.
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ABB Robotics: Fast picking robot

The FlexPicker(TM) developed by ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI) uses a vision system to identify, pick and place up to 120 items/min from a moving conveyor.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
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Warner Electric, Altra Industrial Motion: Positioning control system

Warner Electric's (South Beloit, IL) CBC-1000 positioning control system is designed to reduce auger filling inaccuracies. Includes a position-loop control, clutch/brake (and clutch/brake control) and an encoder.
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Belcor Industries Inc: Bag inserter

The BEL 450 semi-automatic bag inserter with top and bottom case taping from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) is designed for manual bulk filling lines where a bag liner must be inserted into the case.
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Malcom Co.: Hot air tool

A hot-air production tool that can be configured with a variety of different nozzles for use in shrink packaging and drying applications is available from Malcom Co.
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Robotic Industries Assn.: Vision inspector

Adding to its Visionscape(TM) family, RVSI Acuity CiMatrix (Canton, MA) introduced Visionscape I-Pak to provide optical character verification for pharmaceutical and packaging applications.
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Electro Cam Corporation: Instructional video

Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) has released a 15-min video on installation and troubleshooting procedures for EC-2000 and EC-3000 Electronic Cam Limit Switches.
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FANUC Robotics: Top-loading robots

Members of FANUC's (Rochester Hills, MI) family of rail-mounted overhead robots have six axes to manage multiple stations' loading and unloading operations.
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Do-It Corporation: PVC hang tabs

Do-It Corp.'s (South Haven, MI) First Impression(TM) clear PVC hang tabs make products more noticable and communicate key product information to the consumer.
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Baldor Electric Company: Motion controller

The NextMove BX motion controller from Baldor (Fort Smith, AK) can control up to four axes of servo or closed-loop vector, more than 500 points of I/O and two serial ports, all in one unit.
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Multivac Inc: Vacuum packing

Multivac's (Kansas City, MO) C 700 large-chamber vacuum packaging machine is designed for large-scale vacuum packaging of bulk products or products of varying sizes in film pouches.
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The Power Group: The Power Group: Stick packager

T.H.E.M. of New Jersey (Mt. Laurel, NJ) and The Power Group (St. Charles, IL) have introduced the computerized Sanko FC-1000 dry machine that produces "stick" packages at high speeds.
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Hassia USA Inc: Hot-fill poucher

The FlexiBag® 40/26 from Hassia USA (Morganville, NJ) is a vf/f/s machine that produces pouch sizes from 1 to 6 L. Handles liquids and particulates at temperatures to 200°F.
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DuPont Packaging: DuPont Packaging: Shrink film

DuPont (Wilmington, DE) Clysar® ABL shrink film is a clear, biaxially oriented, heat-shrinkable, linear low/ultra low-density polyolefin film.

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