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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 products

High-efficiency, multi-characteristic vacuum pumps and new suction cups from PIAB (Rockland, MA) were designed for a wide range of applications, including industrial, commercial, or scientific use in normal or sanitary environments.
Machine Product Brief
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Vision system for beverages

Cap application and beverage fill defects can be detected using the 51R41 vision system from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL). Unlike conventional systems that visually inspect with mechanical "squeeze methods," the 51R41 uses a PC-controlled video camera to check bottles for defects at a 4/1000" resolution.
Materials Product Brief
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Thermal-transfer ribbon

Sony Chemical (Mt. Pleasant, PA) has introduced a thermal-transfer ribbon designed specifically for printers with near-edge or corner-edge printheads.
Controls Product Brief
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Motion control system

The Zeta Series microstepping drive/controller system from Parker Hannifin (Wadsworth, OH) has a new ETS Series electric cylinder. This mechanical actuator incorporates ball or lead drive screw technology and a unique triple bearing anti-rotate assembly to provide smooth motion at speeds from .01 to 40 ips.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is among the world's 100 best-managed companies according to a recent Industry Week report.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Integrated packaging system

Aidlin Automation (Bradenton, FL) will display the new Flex-Pack integrated flexible packaging system. It uses the latest in robotic, vision testing and controls technology to package goods for the consumer products industry.

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