Machinery

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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.
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Hewlett-Packard Indigo: Digital color press

At $249ꯠ, the e-Print® Pro(TM) is reported by its manufacturer, Indigo (Woburn, MA), to be the least expensive digital color press on the market.
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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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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.
Machine Product Brief
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Combination weigher

The FCBS 14-head circular weigher from Sasib (De Pere, WI) accepts free-flowing product in a continuous motion from a central feeder. Programmable timing, speed and number of heads means the unit's functions can be customized for efficiency.
Controls Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Dual-lane wrapper

The redesigned DPN-6 wrapper from SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) offers smooth handling of delicate products, a wide range of acceptable wrapping materials, print registration and automatic splicing of wrapping materials, and new gluing/sealing methods.
Machine Product Brief
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Hoppmann Corp.: Feeder

Designed for integration with vision-guided robots, the FW-4500 feeder from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is suitable for pack-aging applications ranging from tiny parts to 1-lb castings.
Controls Product Brief
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Ropak Packaging: Square plastic containers

Ropak (Fullerton, CA) has released an expanded line of square, injection-molded HDPE containers. They come in 2.1-, 3.3- 3.7-, 4- and 4.25-gal sizes, all with built-in handles.
Controls Product Brief
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Baldor Electric Company: Stock products catalog

Baldor (Fort Smith, AR) has released its latest stock products catalog, containing information on more than 5ꯠ ratings. Includes sections describing Baldor's new prod-ucts, Mod Express Delivery Program and three-day Customer Training Workshops, as well as the company's other products.
Machine Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filler sheet

The Cerebus III, B-400 auger filling machine is featured in a four-color catalog sheet from All-Fill (Sykesville, MD). Filler combines the design of All-Fill's standard auger filler with the latest generation of its Cerebus control technology.
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filler

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Millenium 800 Auger Filling System has servo-driven dispensing control, acceleration/deceleration patterns, multiple speed selection, direct motion control and no coast/no maintenance operation.
Machine Product Brief
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Domino: Data matrix software

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) offers data matrix software that eliminates the need for an external controller or PC. Available for Domino's A200 and A300 ink-jet printers, the software enables stand-alone operation with direct translation to data matrix printout on products in pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive industries.

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