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The Woodman Co.: Form/fill/seal system

The Spectra Pacer System from Woodman (Decatur, GA) is a form/fill/seal system that makes and fills small- to mid-sized bags at speeds up to 70/min. The compact unit combines weighing accuracy with a small footprint, according to the manufacturer.
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S.V. Dice Designers: Bag uncuffer

The Waypak/Dice PBUC-UFC plastic bag uncuffer from S.V. Dice Designers (Walnut, CA) is designed to uncuff a plastic bag from a filled case, fold the bag over the products, tamp the air out of the bag, and close and seal the case.
Machine Product Brief
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SATO America, Inc: SATO America, Inc: SATO America, Inc: Print/apply labelers

Auto Labe's (Fort Pierce, FL) print/apply labelers for tamp or blow-on applications are available in three versions: The Model 150 with Datamax print engine operates at up to 10"/sec and handles labels as small as 1"x1" or as large as 5" x 12"; with the Zebra print engine, it operates at up to 12"/sec and accommodates labels from 2"x2" to 7.2"x39".
Controls Product Brief
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BFGoodrich Performance Materials: PP alloy

BFGoodrich Performance Materials (Cleveland, OH) has introduced Stat-Rite(TM) M-200 alloy, an opaque, static-dissipative PP-based alloy designed to provide clean, permanent electrostatic discharge protection in semiconductor and medical-device packaging.
Controls Product Brief
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Upper Limits Engineering Co.: Weigher

Featuring a short drop for delicate products, Upper Limits' (Livermore, CA) new Flow-Logic Low Profile weigher is a single-bucket system for weighing free-flowing products like cereal, snack foods and cookies.
Controls Product Brief
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Avery Dennison Retail Information Systems (Printer Div.): Tag & label software

Avery Dennison Printer Systems (Philadelphia, PA) has released a Windows(TM)-based program called Avery Dennison(TM) 32-Bit Tag & Label Software. The program is compatible with the previous 16-bit version of the software.
Machine Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Tray loader

The USDA-approved Traymaster from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) automatically distributes product onto continuously moving trays in one or two lanes.
Controls Product Brief
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ASCO Numatics, Inc: Miniature solenoid valves

Numatics, Inc. (Highland, MI) offers the Mark 4 Series of miniature direct solenoid and low-watt solenoid air-pilot-actuated valves. They feature a lightweight, high-flow four-way design.
Controls Product Brief
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T-Tek Material Handling, Inc: Controls/integration services

T-Tek Material Handling (Montgomery, AL) provides controls and integration services for palletizers, conveyors and other materials handling and hydraulic equipment.
Controls Product Brief
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lpha gear drives, Inc: High-speed gear reducer

Alpha Gear Drives (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced its SP high-speed gear reducer. Designed specifically to improve continuous-duty servo motor performance for high-speed continuous applications such as packaging, converting and printing.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
Feature Article
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
Controls Product Brief
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Richards Packaging: PET oblongs

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) now offers six sizes of PET oblongs with continuous-thread neck finishes. The 100-, 125-, 160-, 200-, 250- and 300-mL bottles feature large front and back label panels.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: Programmable limit switch

The PL-1746 PLµS plug-in module from Electro Cam Corp. (Roscoe, IL) is designed for use with the SLC 500 family of Allen-Bradley programmable logic controls.
Controls Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: Bottle sleever

The Servo Sleever from Krones (Franklin, WI) applies heat-shrinkable body sleeves to bottles at speeds to 400 cpm. Provides direct feed, cutting and application without vacuum or complex handling parts.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
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Software helps Hershey slay downtime

Powerful software allows Hershey to automatically gather packaging efficiency data. Local and remote line control and monitoring are added bonuses.

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