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Controls Product Brief
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Stretch blow molder

The Blowform stretch blow molding machine for PET containers from Sasib (DePere, WI) is said to offer reduced initial costs and maintenance due to the simplicity of its in-line linear technology.
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Controls Product Brief
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Vin-Tex Sealers, Inc: Reusable dunnage bags

Vin-Tex Sealers, Inc. (Itasca, IL) has introduced Load Right(TM) reusable dunnage bags. These nylon-coated polyurethane waterproof bags are chemical- and puncture-resistant.
Controls Product Brief
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Compensating Tension Controls Intl., Inc: Matrix winder

Compensating Tension Controls (West Caldwell, NJ) automatic turret rewinder mounts directly to the press's waste wind capstan. Permits continuous removal of waste matrix.
Controls Product Brief
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GE Fanuc Automation: Integrated controller

GE Fanuc Automation (Charlottesville, VA) has introduced the new OCS Operator Control Station, incorporating a logic controller, human-machine interface and networking capability.
L ogic instructions can be easily entered on the keypad and LCD display of the universal logic module. To the left and below is
Feature Article
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Paint pouch packing is under control

Testor packages modelers' paints in a flexible pouch on a hf/f/s machine modified for the purpose. A PLS, a PLC and a complementary logic module contribute greatly.
Machine Product Brief
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Literature sheets

R.A. Pearson (Spokane, WA) offers literature sheets featuring its VersaPack(TM) Series (VP12, VP35 and VP40) of case packing machinery and its Y1950/55 series of partition inserters.
Machine Product Brief
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Hamer Inc: Bag gusseter

To complement the company's Models 2040 and 820 f/f/s machines, Hamer (Minneapolis, MN) now offers a retro-fit gusseter kit for bag bottoms. Compared to non-gusseted styles, gusseted bags are said to lie flatter, facilitating stacking and palletizing.
Controls Product Brief
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Materials Management Solutions, Inc: Cylinder storage

Materials Management Solutions' (Washington, NJ) CS50 is a storage system for small gravure and flexo printing cylinders that weigh up to 50 lb. System is typically 28' H, with a tray size of 88"x32", allowing storage of up to 440 cylinders.
Controls Product Brief
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Siemens Industry Inc: Internet link module

CP 433-1 IT is a new module for Siemens' (Alpharetta, GA) Simatic S7 400 PLC that provides an Internet link directly into the controller via the plant's Ethernet network.
Once wrapped and sealed, individual pieces of Creme  Savers are discharged onto a takeaway conveyor
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'Servo-ing' up new generation Lifesavers

High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.
Controls Product Brief
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Sonoco Alloyd: Heat-seal data acquisition

Alloyd's (DeKalb, IL) two-station medical heat-sealer is now available with Level 5 data acquisition software enhanced for validation. Provides recipe management of setup parameters for fast, accurate changeovers.
Machine Product Brief
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Flexicell, Inc: Top loader

The Flexiloader flexible top loader from Flexicell (Richmond, VA) is designed to pack products into RSC cases, display trays and other containers at speeds to 500 products/min.
Controls Product Brief
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National Food Processors Assn.: Regulations sourcebook

The second edition of the Sourcebook of State Laws and Regulations for Food Processors is now available from the National Food Processors Assn. (Washington, DC).
Controls Product Brief
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FANUC Robotics: Robot controller

R-J3 robot controller from FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) is said to be faster and easier to maintain while being compatible with existing robot programs and R-J2 platforms.
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OSHA to crack the whip

Industry says that proposed new regulations on safety and health and on ergonomics are unnecessary. Will OSHA listen?

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