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Machine Product Brief
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Furniture parts packaging line

Batching Systems (Owings, MD) now offers high-speed, automated packaging lines designed for small parts needed for the ready-to-assemble furniture industry.
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Controls Product Brief
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Case packer

The Econoline MGC-E case packer from Blueprint Automation (Richmond, VA) packs 1-oz to 10-lb bags into cases at speeds to 90/min. Designed for short production runs, changeovers take only two min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN): Ron G. Kain, mgr. of its Chino, CA, PET container manufacturing plant.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Captive Plastics (Piscataway, NJ): Larry Barresi, vp of technical services.
Controls Product Brief
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Injection blow molders

Johnson Controls' Plastics Machinery Division's (Manchester, MI) new "S" Series of injection/ blow-molding machines provide up to 25% higher cavitation than their predecessors.
Materials Product Brief
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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Booth #1006) new pouch feeder can orient numerous styles of pouches for downstream operation at speeds to 200/min. The pouches are moved into a deep bowl centrifigual feeder, where they are picked up by a starwheel and placed onto an exit conveyor.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity laser scanner

PLS Proximity Laser Scanner from Sick Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, WI) is said to be the first programmable scanner for stationary and mobile, as well as safety and area scanning applications.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Sterling Group (New York, NY): Debbie Millman, senior vp of mktg. and business development.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) has announced plans to continue focusing on growth for its Engraph business unit.
Machine Product Brief
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In-line capper

Kiss Packaging Systems (La Porte, IN) has designed an in-line capper with a "micro knob" adjustment to increase or decrease torque while the machine is running.

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