Machinery

Controls, Automation & Components

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Photoelectric sensors

By combining long-range sensing with automatic dynamic calibration and a damage-resistant mounting option, new OL photoelectric sensors from efector (Exton, PA) are said to solve many of the problems typical in conveyor applications.
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Training program

Metsys Engineering (Eden Prairie, MN) now offers a training program specifically for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The "Train-The-Service-Technician" program provides service technicians with the skills needed to prepare and present technical machine information to their audience.
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Picker lines with scanner

The robotic pickers from Schubert (Dallas, TX) now are controlled by a scanner that provides a cost-effective solution compared to cameras, says the maker.
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Bottom-up powder filler

The modified Chronos PBS 1200 powder filler from Chronos Richardson (Fairfield, NJ) provides high output, accuracy, hygiene and safety. Is designed to fill milk powder, milk substitutes, minerals and emulsifiers.
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Associated Bag Co.: Products catalog

Associated Bag's (Milwaukee, WI) 1999 General Catalog, Volume 1, provides 132 color pages describing the company's products. Included are 400 new items, which are highlighted in the front of the catalog.
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Leuze electronic, Inc: Compact code reader

The Model BCL 21/22 bar-code reader from Leuze-Lumiflex (Rockaway, NJ) is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighs a mere 180 g. Sensor reliably scans minimal bar widths of 0.15 mm with optimum depth of focus.
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The Food Institute: Food safety newsletter

The Food Institute (Fair Lawn, NJ) has launched Food Safety Issues, an eight-page newsletter authored by experts in the regulatory arena. It's available to all Food Institute members each month.
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IPL Material Handling: Metric-size returnable produce containers

IPL Inc. (Northboro, MA) is developing a line of metric-sized returnable produce containers (RPCs). They are designed to transport fruits and vegetables from the field to point of purchase.
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High-gloss label stock

Westvaco Corp. (New York, NY) has introduced a C1S facing paper for p-s labels that offers a high-gloss "wet look." AquaGloss(TM) is a 60-lb paper for flexo and gravure printing.
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Upper Limits Engineering Co.: Bagger/sealer for free-flowing products

Upper Limits' (Livermore, CA) WicketWonder M2000 bags free-flowing product at speeds to 30/min. After filling bags, which can be as large as 24"Wx32"L, the automatic machine uses a rotary band to seal them.
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Carton coder

A new series of portable automatic coders from Open Date (London, England) offers overprinting on a variety of cartons, blister cards, sleeves and film.
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McBrady Eng., Inc: Bottle rinser

McBrady's (Joliet, IL) HS-600 gripper belt-type bottle rinser is available in 10'-, 20'- or 30'-L models that offer speeds up to 700 bpm.
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Robotic palletizer

Soco System (Waukesha, WI) presents a new generation of high-performance IPC robotic palletizers, equipped with modern IPC control. Four-color touchscreen permits easy operation and simple in-plant programming.
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Palletizer

Crown Simplimatic's (Forest Lake, MN) EZY palletizer does not require an operator. With a payload capacity of 200 lb, the machine lifts cases as small as 4"Hx6"Wx6"L and as large as 24"Hx24"Wx48"L.
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United Parcel Service: New shipping rates

United Parcel Service's (Atlanta, GA) 1999 rates show the smallest rate increase in 11 years, while U.S. origin international services will have no increase for the second consecutive year.

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