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Teaching retorts how to communicate

Operations management in all types of manufacturing is under constant pressure to continually achieve efficiency improvements.
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End-of-line automation sparkles

Tightly integrated robotics, automated format changeover, and gentle handling of secondary and tertiary packaging materials are highlights of VCP’s new champagne line.
Z Automation Company's horizontal servo cartoner will be featured at PACK EXPO Booth N-3436.
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Servo cartoner delivers speed and accuracy

Z Automation’s latest Schneider Electric-equipped servo cartoner features motorized setup and remote diagnostics/operation.
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Cognex

Revitalized site is designed to illustrate how manufacturers use vision to optimize product quality and drive down manufacturing costs.
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Brand owners warming to authentication solutions

Whether they market styling irons, HBA products, or high-end wines, brand owners see packaging as a key line of defense against counterfeiting and diversion.
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Companies

R.A. Jones & Co. Inc.
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Simplicity Brightens Vision's Future

Vision processing is a difficult task requiring many calculations that must be done in real time or close to it. But in the past few years, microprocessors and digital signal processors reached performance levels that make it possible to process complex algorithms in the available time.
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Cost Concerns for Vision

Ease-of-use is a big factor for those who are integrating vision equipment, but cost is also a driving factor. Systems today can go for as little as $1귔, representing a substantial decline from the recent past.
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Ethernet Alters Vision Technology

Some observers say that the large volumes of data generated by vision systems were an important factor in getting some large facilities to bring Ethernet into the factory.
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Cognex acquires DVT

Cognex Corp. acquired DVT Corp..
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Label print/verification system

PACK EXPO : The LPVS label print/verification system from Nutec integrates the Wolke m600 printing system--equipped with Hewlett-Packard's digital thermal ink-jet printing technology--to print reduced-space symbology (RSS) and 2D datamatrix bar codes on a label transport system.
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Cognex: powerful inspection tools for flexible packaging

Cognex machine vision systems locate distorted patterns that are difficult to recognize.
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Campbell Soup selects vision system for soup cans

Campbell Soup Co., Newark, NJ, has announced that it selected the MVS-8500 vision system from Cognex Corp. to ensure proper labeling of all of its canned soups.
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Free machine vision seminars

Cognex will host a free machine vision seminar in 100 cities in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico this fall.
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Companies

DT Packaging Systems, comprising the Lakso, Merrill, Kalish, Swiftpack, and King brands of packaging machinery, will now be called Nova Packaging Systems.
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Web Plus: Sites

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Sensor software

Cognex introduces the In-Sight Explorer, a software package designed to complement the company's family of In-Sight vision sensors.
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Cognex to host free seminars

Cognex Corp. will host a series of free machine vision seminars called Understanding and Applying Machine Vision Sensors.
Vision sensors like the Model 4100 (above) and Model 1010 (on facing page) can perform a variety of inspection tasks, including
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FDA not standing PAT

Food & Drug Administration hopes new cGMP initiative will open door to use of new drug packaging technology.
he camera vision sensor inspects lids as they are conveyed down the packaging line at Alltrista.
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Machinery with a vision

As machine vision technology becomes more reliable and cost-effective, manufacturers will begin finding it easier to integrate into their packaging lines.
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Machine vision system donated to MSU

Michigan State University’s School of Packaging has received an In-Sight® 1000 vision sensor donated by Cognex for use in the school’s packaging curriculum.
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Cognex donates machine vision system

Cognex has donated a machine vision sensor to Michigan State University as part of the “Cognex on Campus” grant program. The University’s School of Packaging will use the equipment in its packaging curriculum.
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Cognex certified to issue continuing education units

Cognex Corp., a supplier of machine vision systems and sensors, has been certified to issue Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to those who complete its classroom courses, live and recorded online classes, and computer-based tutorials.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
The first inspection checks the pizzas for any damage following shrink wrapping;
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Double vision for pizza improves

On three frozen pizza lines, Frozen Specialties upgrades to six Ethernet-linked machine-vision systems to check for damaged pizzas and unsealed carton flaps. See in-plant video
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Inex Vision Systems (Clearwater, FL) has formed a relationship with Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) to develop Inex’s next generation packaging inspection solution.
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Achievements

Yaskawa Electric Corp. (Waukegan, IL) has been awarded First Tier II Green status, the highest status level from Ford Motor Co., under the guidelines of Ford’s new Reliability and Maintainability program.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

DuPont Packaging (Wilmington, DE) and Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) have formed a strategic alliance to jointly develop, manufacture and market cap liner compounds for the Americas.
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High-speed vision inspection for closures

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: White Cap demonstrated a new vision inspection system that inspects for proper application of plastic closures onto rigid containers at speeds to 1겨 bpm.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Multivac (Kansas City, MO): Michel L. Defenbau, CEO, Multivac North and Central America.—Klöckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL): Dirk Briskorn, president; Bill Whitesel, vp of operations; Paul Williams, vp, sales, marketing and service.—Slautterback Corp.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA): Markku Jaaskelainen, corporate vp, gen. mgr., Surface Inspection Systems Div.
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Pack Expo week is a machinery extravaganza and more

Swirling around Pack Expo 98 are seminars and technical conferences that round out the Pack Expo experience. Robotics.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rockwell Automation (Minneapolis, MN) and Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) announced they have entered into a letter of intent to form a global relationship.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cognex Surface Inspection Systems Div. (Lachine, Quebec, Canada) has moved to 2196 32nd Ave., Lachine, Quebec, Canada H8T 3H7; phone: 514/420-0000, fax: 514/636-3749.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) has acquired Mayan Automation (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), a supplier of inspection systems for the plastics, nonwoven and converting industries
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) announced that it has acquired Acumen, Inc.
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Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA): Justin Testa, dir. of mktg.