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Color sensor

The R55 Color Mark Sensor from Banner Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) is said to offer superior printed color registration mark resolution over incandescent sensors.
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Hyde Park Electronics: Analog sensor

Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH) has introduced the Superprox® Model SM606 Series of analog sensors. They continuously monitor the distance to an object and generate a proportional 0- to 10-V output.
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Mark-10 Corp.: Torque gauge with sensors

Mark-10 (Hicksville, NY) has introduced a new torque gauge consisting of the Model BGI digital force/torque indicator and the Series STJ remote sensor.
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Testing Machines Inc: Film thickness testing

Testing Machines (Islandia, NY) has introduced the TMI Profiling System, a high-performance, PC-based system for off-line measurement of film thickness.
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Photoelectric sensor

New SVP Series Smart Value photoelectric sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) is available in a self-diagnostic connector ouput version.
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Aromat Corporation: Laser triangulation system

The NAiS® brand LM10 laser triangulation system from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) measures the distance from sensor head to target object. Suitable for verification and inspection applications such as bottle fill height detection.
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Noncontact temperature sensors

Exergen (Watertown, MA) IRt/c(TM) noncontact temperature sensors are said to measure the actual temperature of every packaged product on the line. Rugged sensors can increase machine speeds by 20% while reducing set-up time by up to 90%, according to the supplier.
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Omron Electronics LLC: Sensor selection guide

A sensor selection guide from Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) illustrates and defines a variety of photoelectric and proximity sensors, listing advantages and disadvantages for each.
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Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP): Computer/line integration

Using Computer Technology to Achieve Packaging Line Integration and Automation is a comprehensive, 235-page textbook available from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Herndon, VA).
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In-line wrap labeler

Designed for water bottles, the Model 4520 in-line wrap labeler from Labeling Systems (Oakland, NJ) applies labels at speeds to 250 products/min. The stepper-motor drive labeling head has a 16" O.D.

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