Machinery

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Machine Product Brief
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Flexicell, Inc: Top loader

The Flexiloader flexible top loader from Flexicell (Richmond, VA) is designed to pack products into RSC cases, display trays and other containers at speeds to 500 products/min.
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Controls Product Brief
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National Food Processors Assn.: Regulations sourcebook

The second edition of the Sourcebook of State Laws and Regulations for Food Processors is now available from the National Food Processors Assn. (Washington, DC).
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: Programmable limit switches

A white paper from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) titled "Internal High-Speed Logic" explains in plain language what a programmable limit switch is and how it performs machine logic by using inputs from sensors and switches to trigger outputs such as solenoids.
Controls Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Horizontal wrapper

SIG Pack's Doboy Div. (New Richmond, WI) has introduced the Linium 301 horizontal wrapper for use with food or non-food products. The unit offers improved sanitation by separating the product track from the machine's frame.
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Feature Article
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'Servo-ing' up new generation Lifesavers

High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.
Controls Product Brief
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Thomson Industries, Inc: Stepper motor handbook

The "Stepper Motor Handbook" from Thomson Industries (Cheshire, CT) is a color handbook that covers the company's line of permanent magnet stepper motors and geared motors.
Machine Product Brief
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Arrowhead Conveyor: Conveyor combiner

Arrowhead Conveyor (Oshkosh, WI) has introduced a zero-pressure combiner for handling of PET containers in food, beverage and other consumer goods packaging applications.
Machine Product Brief
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Creative Automation Inc: 'Sideserter'

Operating at speeds to 65 bottles/min, the Model 600 'sideserter' from Creative Automation, (Passaic, NJ) hot-glues leaflet labels to the sides of square or rectangular bottles.
Controls Product Brief
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Multivac Inc: Vacuum sealer

Two seal bars on each of two chambers mean the C450 vacuum sealer from Multivac (Kansas City, MO) can package one large product or several smaller products in each cycle.
Feature Article
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OSHA to crack the whip

Industry says that proposed new regulations on safety and health and on ergonomics are unnecessary. Will OSHA listen?
Machine Product Brief
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Lamaur Div., Lamaur Corp.: VOC compliance

Lamaur Corp's (Minneapolis, MN) Lamaur Div. has completed development and performance testing of a full line of 55% VOC compliant aerosol and non-aerosol hair sprays.
Machine Product Brief
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Upper Limits Engineering Co.: Net weight filler

Upper Limits' (Livermore, CA) new microprocessor-controlled net weight filler is available in gravity/gravity or gravity/vibrator configurations.
Controls Product Brief
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Seaquist Perfect Dispensing: Vertical aerosol valve

Seaquist Perfect Dispensing (Cary, IL) has introduced its new Spray Anyway® VX86 vertical aerosol valve. It allows high-speed, through-the-button filling and high-speed pressure filling after the valve is crimped to the can.
Controls Product Brief
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Cognex Corporation: Surface inspector

Detecting, measuring and classifying defects during the making of web-based flexible packaging is accomplished by the SmartView Modular Camera Network.
Machine Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case erector/sealer

A-B-C's (Tarpon Springs, FL) Pro Forma 550 continuous-motion case erector and bottom sealer has been enhanced to achieve speeds to 60 cases/min. A-B-C's machine control is a PLC with an encoder that uses closed-loop position feedback to ensure precise sychronization of all the components.

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