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Krones, Inc: Bottle-plate technology

A servo-controlled bottle-plate technology is available on Krones' (Franklin, WI) cold-glue and p-s labelers. Replacing traditionally engineered cams, the technology allows between 16 and 64 programs to be stored.
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Controls for a complex system

The entire operation of the MS700 bowl filling/lidding system running at Sanfilippo is tightly controlled by a SLC 504 programmable logic controller from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI).
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Transfers

Span Tech's (Glasgow, KY) 6-Roller Powered Transfer can handle square or round parts as small as 33.53mm (1.32") across. For safety and easy maintenance, the transfer's bridge pops out if a product jams or conveyor contamination occurs.
Machine Product Brief
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Steinmetz: Inspector

Designed to inspect packages after caps and labels are in place, Steinmetz's (Stamford, CT) Unispect performs full external inspection of pharmaceutical packages at speeds to 360/min.
Machine Product Brief
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PAR Systems: Modular robot

PaR Systems (Shoreview, MN) will feature its 2- or 4-axis Modular Based Robot (MBR) for pick-and-place applications. Intended to be func-tional for as long as 20 years, the machine has payload capacity of up to 10ꯠ lb and runs at speeds as fast as 6'/sec.
Controls Product Brief
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Marprint, Inc: Dual-tamp applicator

Marprint's (White Bear Lake, MN) Paragon(TM) Dual-Tamp applicator applies preprinted or blank labels to pallets, cases and cartons at speeds to 20/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Tri-Tronics Company: Tri-Tronics Company: Miniature sensors

A variety of features means users can virtually customize Tri-Tronics' (Tampa, FL) line of miniature Opti-Eye(TM) photoelectric sensors. Nine optical blocks allow users to quickly change among proximity, convergent, retroreflective, polarized retroreflective and fiber-optic sensing modes.
Controls Product Brief
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Hoffman: Digital AC servo drives

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) introduces the next-generation Ecodrive-03 family of digital AC servo drives. These drive packages provide an attractive performance/cost ratio for a variety of packaging applications, including random infeeders, vf/f/s machines, horizontal wrappers, cartoners, case packers and palletizers.
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
Controls Product Brief
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Labeler

Newman's (Belle Mead, NJ) NV-II HS automatic p-s labeler requires minimal change parts to accommodate cylindrical, flat, square or oval plastic or glass containers with dia from 10 to 150 mm.
Machine Product Brief
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Colts Plastics Co., Inc: Custom window-caps

Colt's Plastics Co. (Dayville, CT) has introduced customized, decorative window-caps for cosmetics packaging. The window-caps can be molded in the shape of stars, company logos and other designs in transparent, translucent or opaque styles that are suitable for lipstick, blush or pressed powder.
Machine Product Brief
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Allen Coding USA: Thermal-transfer coder

TT53CM thermal-transfer coder is for use on continuous flow wrappers and operates at line speeds to 36 m (118')/min. Prints bar codes, logos, graphics and real-time information on all materials used on packaging machines.
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Hoover Materials Handling Group, Inc: Hoover Materials Handling Group, Inc: Container style catalog

Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA) and Van Waters & Rogers (Kent, WA) have published a guide that allows end users to select the container that best matches their production requirements and application needs.
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North American Automation: Buffer-feeder system

Rotzinger's Mold-to-Wrap confectionery handling system for misshapen molded products, such as chocolate candies, will be on display through North American Automation (Glen Ellyn, IL).
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Multifeeder Technologies: Product feeder

Multifeeder Technology's (Little Canada, MN) automatic product loader can be used with the company's family of friction feeders. For use with flat items up to 5 mm thick.

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