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Machine Product Brief
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Horizontal wrapper brochure

Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) offers a four-page brochure on the Fuji-Formost FW-3400 Alpha III form/fill/seal system. Includes specifications for six models, as well as typical display screens and machine dimensional drawings.
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Controls Product Brief
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Folding cartons brochure

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.
Machine Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Label-Aire® Model 2134 printer/applicator from Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) integrates a thermal/thermal-transfer label printer and an automatic tamp-on label applicator.
Controls Product Brief
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Motion control software

Warner Electric (S. Beloit, IL) has introduced a Windows(TM)-based software package that guides designers through sizing and selecting products required for linear motion applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Foam-in-place

The Instapak® 901 is a hand-held foam-in-place packaging system from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT). It uses a built-in timer for precise control of amount and ratio of Instapak foam used.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) completed the acquisition of Specialty Packaging Group Inc. (Wassau, WI).
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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