FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
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Two six-color digital offset presses drive Watson Label Products into the packaging market. Machines specialize in short-run production of flexibles used primarily for prototyping and promotional purposes.
The Linx 4800 ink-jet printer from Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) is designed for one- and two-line printing applications of moderate complexity. IP55-rated for harsh environments, it's suitable for date and batch coding in the food, dairy, beverage and cosmetics industries.
SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) offers inductive proximity sensors designed to detect metallic objects. Their fully encapsulated design includes no moving parts or contacts, providing low maintenance and protection against vibration, shock, dust, dirt and humidity.
Using real-world shock and vibration data to design your pack can speed development, prevent damage and economize on materials. Collecting such data isn't easy, but now new ideas for sharing the burden-with the help of the Internet-are taking root in the
FLEXcon (Spencer, MA) and Valéron Strength Films (Houston, TX) have introduced Valeron/ PS(TM) film face-stocks for p-s applications. They're suited for steel marking, drum labels and other applications that require printability and high strength in harsh outdoor environments.