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Folding cartons brochure

Paperboard Packaging Council (Washington, DC) has released a brochure called "Paperboard Folding Cartons: An Open and Shut Case." It describes important benefits of the folding cartons in four areas: Efficiency, shelf presence, consumer friendliness and environmental responsibility.
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Machine Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Label-Aire® Model 2134 printer/applicator from Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) integrates a thermal/thermal-transfer label printer and an automatic tamp-on label applicator.
Controls Product Brief
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Motion control software

Warner Electric (S. Beloit, IL) has introduced a Windows(TM)-based software package that guides designers through sizing and selecting products required for linear motion applications.
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Alarm lights

Lumastrobe (Midland Park, NJ) has introduced a low-profile panel alarm light series for use with automated equipment. Single or multiple lights can be used to indicate operating status or potential problems in a line.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sekisui TA Industries (Garden Grove, CA) began production of p-s tapes at its new plant in Rogersville, TN.
Controls Product Brief
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Vacuum products

High-efficiency, multi-characteristic vacuum pumps and new suction cups from PIAB (Rockland, MA) were designed for a wide range of applications, including industrial, commercial, or scientific use in normal or sanitary environments.
Machine Product Brief
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Vision system for beverages

Cap application and beverage fill defects can be detected using the 51R41 vision system from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL). Unlike conventional systems that visually inspect with mechanical "squeeze methods," the 51R41 uses a PC-controlled video camera to check bottles for defects at a 4/1000" resolution.
Materials Product Brief
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Thermal-transfer ribbon

Sony Chemical (Mt. Pleasant, PA) has introduced a thermal-transfer ribbon designed specifically for printers with near-edge or corner-edge printheads.
Controls Product Brief
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Motion control system

The Zeta Series microstepping drive/controller system from Parker Hannifin (Wadsworth, OH) has a new ETS Series electric cylinder. This mechanical actuator incorporates ball or lead drive screw technology and a unique triple bearing anti-rotate assembly to provide smooth motion at speeds from .01 to 40 ips.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is among the world's 100 best-managed companies according to a recent Industry Week report.

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