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Vacuum skin packaging

Cryovac, a div. of W.R. Grace & Co. (Duncan, SC), has released a brochure on the company's vacuum skin packaging system. VSP allows shoppers to see the natural shape, color and texture of ready-to-prepare foods, cheeses, deli meats and other items.
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Photoelectric sensors

SICK Optic-Electronic's (Eden Prairie, MN) W.250 line of photoelectric sensors is suited for a range of applications including presence/ absence detection and fill-height monitoring in a bin.
Materials Product Brief
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Hot melt supply unit

ITW Dynatec (Hendersonville, TN) has introduced the Dynamelt® S Series hot melt adhesive supply unit. This "Melt-on-demand" hopper grid melts only the amount of adhesive necessary to feed the pump, keeping energy costs low and reducing char.
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Wash-down coder

The US-4500 coder from Bell-Mark Sales (Pine Brook, NJ) is suited for applications with damp or hostile environments, such as in the dairy and meat industries.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN), has merged its Specialty Packaging Plastics and Performance Plastics businesses to create Specialty Plastics.
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Tape dispenser

Better Packages (Shelton, CT) has introduced two new gummed tape dispensers. With a single stroke, the BP 333 manual tape dispenser can dispense tape measuring from 1.5" to 3" W in lengths up to 30".
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Brushless servo

The MR-C brushless servo system from Mitsubishi Electronics (Mt. Prospect, IL) was designed as an economic alternative to five-phase or microstepping drives.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) completed the acquisition of Specialty Packaging Group Inc. (Wassau, WI).
Machine Product Brief
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Self-torquing capper

A new rotary-type, continuous-motion capper from National Instrument (Baltimore, MD) achieves rates up to 100 containers/min, using six torquing stations.
Machine Product Brief
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Dispensing and inspection system

MGS Machine's (Maple Grove, MN) IPP-1701 dispensing and inspection machine is designed for use with a bar code scanner for applications where inspection and verification are essential.

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