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Pressure switches

PN Series pressure switches from ifm efector (Exton, PA) provide a switch output that is programmable over the entire operating range, plus a 4-20 mA analog of the actual system pressure.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Krones, Inc. (Franklin, WI): Jim Soenke, regional sales mgr. for IL, IA, WI, SD & ND.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Vacuum/gas flush sealing

The FRESH-PAC is a USDA-approved stainless steel vacuum/gas flush sealing machine used for fresh foods from Packaging Aids (San Rafael, CA). It features electronic timer controls, an adjustable sealing head with 3-position height adjustment and a pneumatically controlled foot switch.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sekisui TA Industries (Garden Grove, CA) began production of p-s tapes at its new plant in Rogersville, TN.
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.

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