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Six Innovative Products

High-precision bus terminalThe KL3356 analog input bus terminal provides a measurement accuracy of 0.01% for direct connection of resistor bridges, strain gauge sensors, and all common input signals.
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OPC plug-and-play vision

A new PC-based OPC server designed to work with DVT’s Legend series of smart camera-based machine vision systems eliminates custom interfaces and drivers.
The three smart cameras are all mounted upstream from the peel plate of the pressure-sensitive labeler.
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Pharma labels are triple-checked

Three smart cameras on a labeling system use sophisticated image-processing technology to ensure accuracy and readability of lot, date, and bar code.
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Companies

Rovema Packaging Machines appointed Resolutions Technologies Corp. as its Western Canada agent.
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People

Mike Nager was appointed director of the Food and pharmaceutical Division of the Instrument, Systems and Automation Society.
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People

Bosch Rexroth’s, business unit, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, named Ken Gazda director of sales.
The new Innervision system incorporates both x-ray vision and machine vision technologies.
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Combining x-ray technology and machine vision

Inspection equipment manufacturer combines x-ray technology and machine vision into one system.
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Getting operators to comply with packaging SOPs

What do you do when line operators ignore written standard operating procedures (SOPs), preferring to do it their own way?
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Achievements

DVT Corp.
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DVT partners with Phoenix Contact, CTC Parker, Iconics

DVT Corp. made several announcements at its global business conference this week regarding strategic alliances with Phoenix Contact, ICONICS, and CTC Parker.
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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Companies

Pester USA Pac Automation (Allendale, NJ) (above) doubled the size of its U.S. headquarters by adding 18ꯠ sq’.
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Companies

Sidel (above) has opened a new plant in Parma, Italy, dedicated to assembling filling machines.
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Companies

Morrison Timing Screw (Glenwood, IL) modernized its 15-year-old logo.
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National Manufacturing Week: Notes from the field

Special Projects Editor Dave Newcorn spotted many interesting new technologies, including machine vision, at National Manufacturing Week in early March. Here are some of them.
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Web Plus: Sites

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Packaging buyers find that researching online is the most valuable internet tool.
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Survey says researching is the #1 online tool

In a recent Packworld.com survey, 71% of the packaging buyers who responded said that of all the uses they have for the Internet, doing research is most valuable.
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SouthPack 2001 wrap

SouthPack ’01 brought packaging manufacturers together from April 24 to 26 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. The three-day show managed to spark some new technology interests, although many exhibitors were quick to notice the slow pace of attendees throughout the exhibition hall.
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Low-cost bar code/OCR reader

SmartReader from DVT (Norcross, GA) is claimed as the only low-cost industrial bar code reader to include OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities. Priced at $2꿃, the unit reads up to 180 codes/sec.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Westvaco Corp. (New York, NY) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Mebane Packaging Group, Inc. (Mebane, NC). —TricorBraun (St.
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.