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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.
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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.
Supplier News
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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.
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.
Supplier News
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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: Appointments, promotions

ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI): Silas Nichols, president, Products and General Industry Systems div.
Materials Product Brief
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Integrated packaging system

Aidlin Automation (Bradenton, FL) will display the new Flex-Pack integrated flexible packaging system. It uses the latest in robotic, vision testing and controls technology to package goods for the consumer products industry.
Materials Product Brief
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Screw conveyor

A mobile flexible screw conveyor from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) allows the transport of powder and bulk materials at up to 300 cu'/hr, and up to 14' H.

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