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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Spear, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) and Package Service Co. (Kansas City, MO) have formed a strategic alliance focusing on codeveloping a recently patented label technology.
Machine Product Brief
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PVDC-coated paper

Designed for dry food applications, new non-foil PVDC-coated paper from American Packaging (Rochester, NY) has a moisture vapor transmission rate of .03 g/100 sq"/24 hr/100° to 90° RH.
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Digital servo drives

Ecodrive from Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) is a line of easy-to-use digital servo drives that integrate motion control, amplifier, power supply and I/O into a single unit.
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Fundamentals book

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (Herndon, VA) has introduced the "Fundamentals of Packaging Technology" textbook. With plans to update it every two years, IoPP believes it will be the most up-to-date packaging reference source available.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Mead Containerboard (Atlanta, GA) will be awarded the status of Certified Supplier by Willamette Industries, Inc.
Controls Product Brief
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Label software

QuickStep(TM) is a new step-and-repeat software from Barco Graphics (Vandalia, OH). For packaging and label configurations, this icon-based interface has an object-oriented design to create an easy-to-learn program.
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Micromini vacuum pump

A microminiature air-powered vacuum pump from Vaccon (Medfield, MA) uses tiny vacuum cups for a wide variety of pick-and-place applications. The Fastvac VP00-0060H Venturi Vacuum Pump is capable of pulling a 28"-Hg vacuum and can be located close to the part and fitted with Microvac Series vacuum cups as small as 1/16".
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Oil-shear clutch brake

Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) has in-troduced the Model 01 Posidyne® oil-shear clutch brake. Less than 8" L and weighing 20 lb, it handles up to 600 cycles/ min, and brings high torque to tight-fitting drives on case packers, cartoners, fillers, indexing conveyors and other packaging machinery.
Materials Product Brief
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Overhead stretch wrapper

The S-Series(TM) automated overhead stretch wrapper from Lantech (Louisville, KY) can be installed over existing conveyor systems. Filled pallet remains stationary, making system suitable for tall, lightweight, unstable, or heavy loads.

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