Paperboard Packaging Council (Washington, DC) has released a brochure called "Paperboard Folding Cartons: An Open and Shut Case." It describes important benefits of the folding cartons in four areas: Efficiency, shelf presence, consumer friendliness and environmental responsibility.
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AMBEC's (Owing Mills, MD) Quick Clamps facilitate changing guide rail spacing without hand tools. Operators simply pull up the handle, set the clamp to a new position and press down to lock it in place.
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.
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.
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.