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Fraser Papers: Wine label swatchbook

Wine label papers from Fraser Papers (Stamford, CT) are available in a new swatchbook. The Wine Label line brings together Fraser's specialty-grade capabilities with its text and cover grades for the first time.
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Peco Controls Corporation: SPC software

Peco Controls' (Milpitas, CA) PDQ2000 is a Year-2000-compliant version of its statistical process control and data collection software for the company's fill-level monitoring and package integrity systems.
Controls Product Brief
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Hoffman: DeviceNet motion controller

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) has added the option of Device Net connectivity to its CLC, a PC-based multi-axis motion controller. Simplifies communications with popular third-party PLCs and I/O networks.
Controls Product Brief
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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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Efector, Inc: Proximity switch

Thanks to an integral AS-i interface, efector's (Exton, PA)T-series IND sensor essentially is two inductive proximity switches in one unit, functioning as a replacement for a standard switchbox by accepting up to 31 valves in one AS-i system.
Feature Article
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
Machine Product Brief
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Posimat, Inc: Bottle unscrambler

No tools are required for changeover on the Posiflex rotary bottle un-scrambler from Posimat (Miami, FL). Instead, one-minute change-over requires only three hand-crank adjustments.
Machine Product Brief
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Vision Packaging Systems: Vf/f/s system

Vision Packaging's (Appleton, WI) IM 250 vf/f/s system uses Allen-Bradley controls, comes in stainless steel and operates at speeds to 120 packs/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Simco: Narrow-web cleaning

Simco's (Hatfield, PA) Neutro-Vac® narrow-web cleaning system is designed to reduce press stops and printed material rejects caused by dust and dirt.
Controls Product Brief
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: PC-based control and device networks

A new white paper from Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) describes the benefits of using open device-level networks on industrial machinery in combination with PC-based controllers.
Controls Product Brief
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Intellution Incorporated: Windows CE control

Now available for Windows(TM) CE, FIX Dynamics from Intellution (Norwood, MA) provides control and human-machine interface functions in a small software "footprint" for embedded control applications.
Controls Product Brief
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SICK, Inc: Color contrast sensor

The KT10 from SICK Optic-Electronic (Bloomington, MN) is a 10-color contrast sensor that is said to read any contrast in color 25ꯠ times/sec. The operator pushes a button to "teach" the sensor, which then "looks" at the contrast it is required to sense and selects the proper light source for best results.
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Feature Article
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Putting 'smart systems' to work

Avoid these common pitfalls when implementing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system on a packaging line.
Controls Product Brief
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Pack-Age Inc: Pack-Age Inc: Multimedia packages

Brookdale Plastics, Inc. (Plymouth, MN) has introduced vacuum-formed stock multimedia packages. The packages come in a variety of standard shapes and sizes and are made of PVC plastic in widths ranging from 0.010" to 0.030".
Machine Product Brief
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Exair Corporation: Air knife

The Super Air Knife from Exair (Cincinnati, OH) cleans, dries or cools parts, webs or conveyors at a sound level of 70 db--considerably quieter than standard blow-off units, according to the manufacturer.

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