Machinery

Controls, Automation & Components

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.
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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.
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.
Machine Product Brief
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Graham Packaging: Blow-molding guide

Graham Eng. (York, PA) has released a brochure of its indexing and continuous rotary systems for blow molding of bottles and containers in various sizes.
Controls Product Brief
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FoxJet, An ITW Company: Print engine

FXTechnology(TM) from FoxJet (Arlington, TX) is a patent-pending print engine that produces high-resolution alphanumeric characters, graphics and bar codes in dark dotless print.
Controls Product Brief
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Galil Motion Control, Inc: USB motion controller

Galil Motion Control's (Mountain View, CA) DMC-2000 Series motion controllers are now available with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection. Motion controllers can be plugged into a USB port on a PC, without requiring a dedicated interface card.
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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Mectrol: Timing belts

USDA/FDA-approved urethane timing belts are available from Mectrol (Salem, NH). Available in any length and up to 18" wide, the belts are lightweight but are reinforced with Kevlar to ensure strength without stretching.
Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Servo drive systems

ELAU's PacDrive S servo drive system, available from Orbit Motion Technologies (Mashpee, MA), can be used to replace mechanical cam plates, vertical shafts, gears and clutches in packaging equipment.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
Feature Article
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Powder filling system

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) automatic powder filling system runs at speeds from 35 to 80 cpm on rigid container filling lines. A checkweigher directs filling heads to increase or decrease fill amount.

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