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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.
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Flame treatment

Series 808 burner system is used for flame surface treatment of webs to 10 meters wide. From Aerogen (Alton, Hampshire, England), it treats PP, BOPP and other non-polar materials at speeds to 750 meters/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Automation: IP-based factory control

Schneider Automation's (North Andover, MA) Transparent Factory control strategy, based on Internet technologies over Ethernet, permits production data from packaging machinery to be analyzed, formatted and delivered to databases, Web sites or e-mail.
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Westamp Inc: Brushless servo drives

An 80-page color catalog highlights Westamp's (Chatsworth, CA) SP2k product line, which is used in industrial motion control applications. The catalog covers the features, benefits, connection schemes, performance-matched brushless servo motor data, servo drive options, BR Series Brushless Servo motor dimensional data and brushless servo motor connections for all Westamp's products.
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Lantech Inc: Stretch wrapper

The Q-300XT from Lantech (Louisville, KY) is a stretch wrapping system designed to eliminate operator "run around." The system's Simple Automation(TM) automatically attaches and cuts the film, allowing the forklift operator to position the load on the turn-table, start the machine and drive away, without leaving the fork truck.
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Krones, Inc: Information sheets

Krones' (Franklin, WI) lifeLINE folder contains eight information sheets describing Krones' ability to customize packaging solutions to fit a customer's needs and to provide adaptation for the life of the customer's line.
After caps are applied, jars pass through an induction sealer (left) that secures a foil liner to the 63-mm finish. The clos
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Seneca sets its sights on plastic

Seneca Foods was among the first to convert from glass to hot-fillable plastic jars for applesauce. Now it fills both glass and plastic containers on essentially the same line.
Controls Product Brief
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Markem-Imaje: FDA-compliant blue ink

Imaje (Kennesaw, GA) has introduced a blue ink compliant with FDA regulations for direct contact with food. In addition to the safeness of the ink, the color provides better contrast, enabling higher legibili-ty of the code.
Four crates are filled with each cycle of this machine. Each gripper aligns its bottle so that when bottles land in the crate, l
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
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Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute: Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute: Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute: Employment opportunities

The Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (Naperville, IL) has released a brochure detailing its scholarship and internship program for qualified college juniors and seniors.
A 3Com employee scans a  serial number on an adapter  card. That information is entered  into the computer at this workstation
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3Com adds thermoformed plastic tray to its 'network'

Computer communications gear maker 3Com replaces a variety of materials with a plastic thermoformed tray that protects shipments of its network adapter cards and cuts manual packing time by half.
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PIAB USA Inc: PIAB USA Inc: Vacuum handbook

PIAB (Rockland, MA) offers a 60-page reference guide to industrial vacuums. The 5" x 7" handbook includes a section on designing efficient vacuum systems, as well as descriptions of products used in vacuum applications, a guide to industry terminology and a glossary.
Machine Product Brief
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Stone Container Corp: Multiwall paper bag

Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) has introduced Square Sak(TM) to package powders and other dry materials targeted for the chemical, food products, building materials and minerals industries.
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Palletizing robot

Soco System's (Waukesha, WI) Pallet Robot has a manifold design that eliminates fragile tubes and fittings. The plate on which the head's vacuum pads are mounted is made as a "sandwich" construction where air is in the plate.
Controls Product Brief
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PSI: PSI: PE foam

Fabricators of ETHAFOAM(TM)-brand polyethylene foams from The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) are providing ETHAFOAM LA (low-abrasion) PE foam plank as the solu-tion for applications requiring Class A non-abrasive surface protection.

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