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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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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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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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Shaft speed monitoring

Electro-Sensors (Minnetonka, MN) offers a rotating shaft speed monitoring system whose setpoints can be calibrated and fault-tested on the fly, without shutting down packaging machinery.
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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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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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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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Friction feeder

Multifeeder Technology's (Little Canada, MN) new high-speed friction feeder is said to use a revolutionary feeding mechanism that uses friction to separate and feed products with virtually no damage to the products.
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DVT Corporation: Motion and position sensors

SmartImage Sensors from DVT (Norcross, GA) are low-cost, high-performance sensors that combine machine vision and intelligence so that position, orientation and identification deviations can be located and corrected.
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Zebra Technologies: Selection via software

The ability to select bar-code labels and supplies from Zebra Technologies (Vernon Hills, IL) is now possible through Windows(TM)-based software. The Electronic Selector Guide provides a list of user requirements and criteria, including durability, resistance to heat and cold, exposure to corrosive chemicals, and surface composition.

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