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Controls for a complex system

The entire operation of the MS700 bowl filling/lidding system running at Sanfilippo is tightly controlled by a SLC 504 programmable logic controller from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI).
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Controls Product Brief
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Vestil Manufacturing Co.: Stretch-wrap machine

The Vestil Mfg. Co. (Angola, IN) has introduced the SWA-48 semi-automatic stretch wrap machine. With a powered carousel and manual stretch-film wrap mast, the powered rotation of the turntable stretch wraps the palletized packages.
Machine Product Brief
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Bag sealer

O/K Intl.'s (Marlborough, MA) Saxon 5 bag sealer seals a variety of plastic bags in thicknesses up to 10 mils at speeds to 100'/min. Suitable for industrial applications in harsh environments as well as in the medical and food industries.
Machine Product Brief
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Malcom Co.: Shrink tunnel systems

Malcom Co. (Andover, MA) now offers hot-air shrink tunnels as a complete system, electronically adjustable from ambient temps to 1걄° F. With list prices from $1걄 to $4겨, these self-contained systems can be supplied with a bracket, tunnel and conveyor that runs up to 60'/min.
Machine Product Brief
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Air-cooled sealer

The air-cooled Super Seal(TM)50 from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) operates without water-cooling on packaging lines in the pharmaceutical, nutrition supplement, and health and beauty aids industries.
Controls Product Brief
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American Fuji Seal Inc: Shrink-sleeve applicator

The Model 3300 Intersleeve will be displayed by American Fuji Seal (Bardstown, KY). Handles unfilled PET, HDPE and glass containers. Applies shrink-sleeve labels at speeds to 400 cpm.
Controls Product Brief
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Leuze electronic, Inc: Luminescence sensor

The LRT 440 series sensor from Leuze Lumiflex (Rockaway, NJ) detects luminescence in glue marks, labels, plastics, inks, etc. at a range of 50 mm (1.97").
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
Machine Product Brief
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Spacing device

AGR Intl.'s (Butler, PA) All-Shapes Spacing Device provides consistent and accurate spacing of rigid containers, cartons, boxes and trays on a conveyor line.
Machine Product Brief
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Garvey Corporation: Automatic tray loader

Garvey's (Blue Anchor, NJ) automatic tray loader can receive vials of any size from a Garvey Bi-Flo® accumulator and automatically develop the proper nested pattern for the tray.
Machine Product Brief
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Vibrac Corp.: Induction cap sealer

Vibrac Corp. (Amherst, NH) has added induction cap sealers to its family of production packaging equipment. These solid- state induction generators with self-containing cooling can operate at rates to 600 bottles/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Siko Products, Inc: Position indicator

The DE09 digital electronic position indicator from Siko (Dexter, MI) captures and reports the displacement of machine spindles and the current spindle position at applications up to 1귔 rpm with resolution of 1갰 counts/revolution.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automated Packaging Systems: Robotic palletizer

APS' (New Freedom, PA) robotic palletizing systems are designed for maximum production in minimal floor space. Articulated arm robots can accommodate multiple case sizes within a workcell and can create mixed pallet loads if necessary.
Controls Product Brief
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Pliant Corporation: Pliant Corporation: Molded-in hinge

Hettinga Technologies (Des Moines, IA) has developed the Molded-In Lamina Hinge as a solution to problems associated with metal and one-piece plastic hinge assemblies.
Machine Product Brief
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Elf Machinery: Bottle unscrambler

The M 1500 Unscrambler from ELF Machinery (La Porte, IN) accommodates bottle heights up to 11.8" and diameters to 3.9" with no-tool changeover.

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