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Controls Product Brief
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Efector, Inc: Flow switch

The microprocessor-based SI flow switch from efector (Exton, PA) incorporates a "learn" function. It permits the operator to quickly program the high and low flow rates, then position the setpoint alarm at any value from 1% to 99% of the flow rate.
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Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Laning system

The Multiple Product Laning system from APS (New Freedom, PA) gently orders unstable, top-heavy or non-round containers into single-file rows. Rollers of the low-pressure conveyor can be sized to meet the requirements of the product and containers.
Controls Product Brief
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Vestil Manufacturing Co.: Box stacker

The Adjustable Box Stacker from Vestil Mfg. (Angola, IN) transports, stacks and lifts plastic containers to heights up to 471/4". Available in six different models with capacities of 330 lb.
Machine Product Brief
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Amoco Chemicals: TE flat cap

Pacific Cap Co. (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) has introduced a 28-mm TE flat cap, made by Taiwan Hon Chaun of Taiwan, China, for PET bottles.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
Feature Article
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
Machine Product Brief
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Integrated Packaging Systems, Inc: Palletizer

Top Tier® automatic palletizers from Integrated Systems (Portland, OR) are available with high or low product infeeds to be placed at the end of a production line.
Neways is one of the largest manufacturers of personal care and nutritional supplement products. Its new labelers operate at sp
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Labelers deliver quick changeover

Neways' p-s labeling equipment accommodates a wide variety of containers, speeds product changeover by 30% and reduces rejects ten-fold.
Controls Product Brief
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Amoco Chemicals: O2-scavenging copolyester

When Amosorb® 3000 O2-scavenging copolyester from Amoco Chemicals (Chicago, IL) is used as a core layer in a multilayer polyester container, even the most 02-sensitive products can be packaged in plastic.
The brush box feeder (far left), shown lifted off the web, uses a series of brushes to distribute tablets into cavities. Interna
Feature Article
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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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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