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Controls Product Brief
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Machine interface

New software package from Watlow Electric (St. Louis, MO) runs on a desktop PC to provide operator interface functions for a variety of packaging machines.
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Machine Product Brief
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Automatic cappers

The Capamatic® DL-4 and DL-6 automatic cappers from National Instrument (Baltimore, MD) use a vibratory feeder to sort caps of most shapes and sizes from 19 mm to 63.5 mm.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Engelhard Corp. (Iselin, NJ) will acquire The Mearl Corp. (Briarcliff Manor, NY) for $272.2 million.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

DuPont (Wilmington, DE) is investing more than $100 million in Europe, Asia and the U.S. to meet the increasing demand for Mylar® polyester film and to support new applications.
Materials Product Brief
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Permeation gauges

Mocon (Minneapolis, MN) offers a complete line of instruments for measuring oxygen, water vapor, carbon dioxide and aroma transmission rates through barrier films and packages.
Controls Product Brief
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Pinch-bag and liner closers

The Pinch Inner Liner Sealer (PILS) from Fischbein (Statesville, NC) is designed to seal pinch-bag tops and their heat-sealable inner liners in one continuous process.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Eagle Automation (Sterling, IL) has acquired Label-All Co. (Sterling, IL).
Supplier News
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Defining 'recyclable'

Might manufacturers expect a uniform standard on how many people must be able to recycle a material before it can be labeled recyclable?
Materials Product Brief
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Aluminum particle additive

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) has developed an aluminum particle additive that, when blended with a resin prior to production, adds a sparkle effect to plastics.
Controls Product Brief
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Motorized conveyor pulley

The Sparks/Dura-Drive(TM) 4.5" dia motorized pulley provides a 62% increase in radial load weight for belt conveyor systems, says manufacturer Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI).

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