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Live roller conveyor

AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI) has released product information on the TS live roller conveyor that highlights its features and advantages. The economics, versatility and chain drive feature of the machine are highlighted.
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Skin packaging and die-cutting

The EZ-Skin/Trim Combo from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH) combines a skin packaging line with hydraulic die-cutting in one space-saving frame. The machine operates hydraulically and does not require an external air supply.
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Bar code label printer

Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) has introduced the Orion point-of-use thermal-transfer bar code label printer. Well-suited for applications where space is limited, it has a footprint measuring 8" x 10.1".
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) and Gaylord Container Corp. (Deerfield, IL) have agreed to combine their retail packaging operations to form S&G Packaging Co.
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Inverter-fed motors

Baldor Electric Co. (Fort Smith, AK) introduces a new 14-page technical handbook on the fundamentals of inverter-fed motors. Topics include how inverters affect motors, typical types of motor problems caused by inverters, suggested solutions to these and other problems, application engineering, motor selection and how to properly adjust inverter operating limits.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Almac Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) and General Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) have entered into a joint venture to offer a wider range of products while remaining separate companies.
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Bar code verification systems

Minnesota Automation (Crosby, MN) offers bar code verification and placer systems for pharmaceutical package inserts. Systems place inserts directly into packages or into bins.
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Continuous-motion case packer

Hartness (Greenville, SC) has introduced the OctoPack(TM) continuous-motion case packer. It packs plastic or glass containers of most shapes and sizes into a range of case types, including RSCs, corrugated trays, tab lock trays, and soft drink or dairy-type cases with or without partitions, of any depth.
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Pad printing ink

Marabu Tampastar TPR from Autoroll Machine (Middleton, MA) is a high-gloss, quick-drying one-part pad printing ink that is particularly resistant to chemicals and solvents.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

North American Packaging Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has reached an agreement with Park-Ohio, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) to purchase Bennett Industries (Peotone, IL) for approximately $50 million; also its Story City, IA, Consumer and Industrial Bag Div.

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