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Omega Design Corp.: Compact shrink bundler

Omega Design's (Exton, PA) new Classic shrink bundler automatically collates containers or cartons and bundles them into unitized packages wrapped in clear PE film to protect against label marring.
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Machine Product Brief
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Graham Packaging: Blow-molding guide

Graham Eng. (York, PA) has released a brochure of its indexing and continuous rotary systems for blow molding of bottles and containers in various sizes.
Controls Product Brief
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FoxJet, An ITW Company: Print engine

FXTechnology(TM) from FoxJet (Arlington, TX) is a patent-pending print engine that produces high-resolution alphanumeric characters, graphics and bar codes in dark dotless print.
Controls Product Brief
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Mectrol: Timing belts

USDA/FDA-approved urethane timing belts are available from Mectrol (Salem, NH). Available in any length and up to 18" wide, the belts are lightweight but are reinforced with Kevlar to ensure strength without stretching.
Machine Product Brief
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Focus Automation Systems, Inc: Inspection system

PharmaVision from Focus Automation (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) is a fully automated inspection system for pharmaceutical labels that is said to examine 100% of all label features.
Controls Product Brief
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Siemens Industry Inc: Windows™ CE control

SIMATIC MP270 Multi Panel is said to combine the robust, deterministic behavior of a PLC with the openness of a PC, all in a single operator panel measuring 171/2"W x 113/4"H x 31/2"D.
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: Wireless sensor

Power remote sensor system from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows less connection for limit switches and sensors on robotic grippers, dies, fixtures, rotary tables and removable tooling.
Controls Product Brief
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lpha gear drives, Inc: High-speed gear reducer

Alpha Gear Drives (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced its SP high-speed gear reducer. Designed specifically to improve continuous-duty servo motor performance for high-speed continuous applications such as packaging, converting and printing.
Controls Product Brief
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Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Cap liner

Tri-Shield(TM) from Tri-Seal Intl. (Blauvelt, NY) is a new seven-layer coextruded cap lining system made of foams or solids such as EVA or PP. The high-barrier material is suitable for caps on packaged products that need to retain carbon dioxide or keep oxygen from degrading them.
Controls Product Brief
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Orion Packaging Systems: Orion Packaging Systems: Motion control for A-B

Orion® PC-based motion controllers from Ormec (Rochester, NY) now offer Ethernet connections to Allen-Bradley PLCs that support Ethernet. The controllers can also be used for communications with PCs running popular human-machine interface software packages.
Controls Product Brief
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Patriot Sensors: High-speed PLS

Gemco Series 1090 ultra-high-speed programmable limit switch is now available from Patriot Sensors & Controls Corp. (Clawson, MI). Offers 16 five-microsec outputs from its front panel and 16 250-microsec outputs that can be fed to Allen-Bradley's I/O.
Controls Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: Bottle sleever

The Servo Sleever from Krones (Franklin, WI) applies heat-shrinkable body sleeves to bottles at speeds to 400 cpm. Provides direct feed, cutting and application without vacuum or complex handling parts.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
Feature Article
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
Machine Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Air conveyors

A new eight-page brochure from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) details its Isometric Air Conveyor, which controls the high-speed travel of empty lightweight cans on production lines.
Controls Product Brief
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Pressure-sensitive labeler

EPI's (New Freedom, PA) Flex-Pac Labeler(TM) is designed to integrate with Sandiacre packaging equipment used widely in the frozen food, produce and candy markets.

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