Machinery

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These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.
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Labeling Systems : Water bottle labeler

Labeling Systems (Oakland, NJ) introduces the Model 4520 in-line p-s wrap labeler. This machine is designed for speeds to 250/min. The stepper motor-driven labeling head accepts labels from a 16" OD roll.
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Berry Plastics: Square container

A square HDPE container is now available from Berry Plastics (Evansville, IN). The modular design is said to increase shelf space and pallet utilization by up to 30% versus standard round containers.
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MGS Machine Corp.: Outserter

The Gemini dual outserter from MGS (Maple Grove, MN) can apply an outsert to either the top or side of glass or plastic bottles at a rate of up to 120 bpm.
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3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division: Product directory

The 3M (St. Paul, MN) Packaging Systems Div. Product Directory delivers color detailing of all products sold by the division. Each product entry lists the name of the product, product number and detailed description including benefits and features.
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Electro Cam Corporation: PLCs vs. PLSs

A new eight-page white paper from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) describes how PLCs and programmable limit switches (PLSs) differ. Describes how PLCs are designed for low-speed processes such as receiving input signals from sensors and limit switches and sending output signals to actuators, solenoid valves, motors and pneumatic cylinders.
Controls Product Brief
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Vf/f/s for pouches

PC 18 vf/f/s machine from GEI Mateer (Exton, PA) produces pouches from 11/2" to 12" W to hold product volumes from 1/4 oz to 1 gal. Handles pumpable products like liquid cheese, as well as particulates up to 11/2".
These two control cabinets show two of the 126 micro PLCs on the line, each the size of a common house brick. The PLC on the lef
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A new record for distributed control (sidebar)

How distributed control spreads the burden
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Aromat Corporation: Variable-frequency drives

New VF-8 series of variable-frequency drives from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) provide simple, affordable speed control of standard 3-phase AC motors.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Conveyor feeds bagger

A modified Maximizer(TM) conveyor from Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) is specially designed to automate a customer's bagging machinery.
Machine Product Brief
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Dynaric Inc: Strapping machine

The RLM-1 bottom seal strapping machine from Dynaric (Teaneck, NJ) straps at up to 50 cycles/min. Automatically senses height, adjusting tension within range.
Controls Product Brief
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Coil design change

The updated Compak(TM) Jr. from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) offers a newly designed hand-held sealing coil said to be ergonomically correct for the operator.
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All-Fill Inc: All-Fill Inc: Auger system

All-Fill (Exton, PA) has introduced a color catalog sheet featuring its servo motor direct-drive Multi-Fill auger systems. These provide fast, accurate, multi-positioned dispensing of powders and viscous products typically encountered with vf/f/s machines, horizontal thermoformers, strip packers, pocket vacuum formers, pouch makers and rotary cup machines.
The monoblock rinser/filler/capper combines 24 rinsing heads, 24 fill nozzles and six capping stations in a compact frame
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Bringing a glacier to the consumer

On Vancouver Island, a brand new PET bottling line fed by an in-line stretch blow-molding machine is packaging right from a glacier some of the purest water on the planet.
Controls Product Brief
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Altra Industrial Motion: Motor controller/drive

New space-saving, economic combination controller/drive for step motors retains features like plain-language and point-and-click programming. New SLO-SYN® controller and WARPDRIVE(TM) drive require up to 40% less panel space and are priced up to 35% lower than previous generation from Warner Electric (Ann Arbor, MI).

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