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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) completed the acquisition of Specialty Packaging Group Inc. (Wassau, WI).
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Controls Product Brief
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Hot melt detector

A new hot melt glue detector from SUNX Sensors (West Des Moines, IA) verifies the presence of hot melt adhesive on cartons at speeds to 1ꯠ packages/ sec.
Machine Product Brief
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Edge protectors

Pactiv Inc. (Lincolnshire, IL) has introduced the patent-pending Hexacomb® SLIC (self-locking inserting connection) edge protectors. These allow folding without the use of glue, tape or staples.
Materials Product Brief
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Biodegradable cushioning

New cornstarch-based, water-soluble sheets and planks from American Excelsior (Arlington, TX) are designed to protect and cushion end-caps, pouches, perishable food items and fragile glassware.
Materials Product Brief
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Wraparound case packer

The WRCP 2000 Series of wraparound case packers from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) wraps flat corrugated sheets around collated products. Compared to an RSC, the amount of corrugated board can be reduced, says the manufacturer.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) won the '96 Governor's New Product Award for its PK4000 pouch machine, presented by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers.
Controls Product Brief
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Adjusting framework

For flexographic printing applications that require raising and lowering of the printer, Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) has developed the Model VA Vertical Adjustment Framework.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Motoman, Inc. (West Carrollton, OH) and Yaskawa Electric Corp. (Kitakyushu, Japan) have jointly created an Advanced Control Systems Div. to serve North and South American factory automation markets.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Crellin, Inc. (Chatham, NY) has changed its name to Sonoco Crellin; the company was purchased by Sonoco Products Co. in '93.
Machine Product Brief
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Shrink bundler

Arpac's (Schiller Park, IL) Model 55GI high-speed shrink bundler is designed exclusively for the printing and publishing industry. It wraps random-sized, strapped or unstrapped stacks of books or magazines at speeds to 55 bundles/min.

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