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Machine Product Brief
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Cognex Corporation: Vision software

Cognex (Natick, MA) has introduced VisionLinx(TM), a communications software package for connecting Cognex Checkpoint® 900 Series machine vision systems to Rockwell's Allen-Bradley control products.
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Controls Product Brief
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FANUC Robotics: Sub-zero palletizer

The Fanuc Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) M-410i palletizing system with vacuum grippers is designed to operate in the sub-zero environments of frozen food warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
Controls Product Brief
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: Basic component education

Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) has introduced its 101 Basics Series, which are free Web-based courses on the fundamentals of adjustable frequency drives, sensors, control networks such as DeviceNet, electricity and electrical distribution.
Controls Product Brief
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Packaging adhesive

H.B. Fuller (St. Paul, MN) has introduced Advantra LT(TM) low-application temperature packaging adhesives for case and carton sealing, tray forming and other packaging applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Rovema Packaging Machines L.P.: Product accelerator

To increase speed in filling f/f/s pouches with lightweight foods such as extruded snacks, Rovema's (Lawrenceville, GA) PAC product accelerator alters the time of the product dump rather than the sealing time.
Machine Product Brief
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Nigrelli Systems Inc: Crate denester

Changeover of crates that hold 12-oz to 3-L PET bottles can be accomplished without tools in less than 5 minutes on Nigrelli's (Kiel, WI) plastic tray automatic denesting system.
Machine Product Brief
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Cozzoli Machine Co.: Aseptic filling/stoppering

The Model VR2S-6 combination aseptic liquid filling and stoppering equipment from Cozzoli (Plainfield, NJ) operates at speeds to 300 containers/min. Can accommodate a wide range of liquids from heavy oils to aqueous products.
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: Optical sensor

Even when the target is moving at production speed, the 6K subminiature optical sensor from Balluff (Florence, KY) learns its target with the touch of a button, electronically suppressing backgrounds and detecting clear objects.
Controls Product Brief
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Pilz International: Machinery safety guide

The sixth edition of Guide to Machinery Safety standards has just been released by Pilz (Farmington Hills, MI). The book covers provision and use of work equipment regulations, European standards harmonization, risk assessment and more.
Controls Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: PC-controlled weigher

Eagle large-capacity combination weight selection scale from SIG Pack Eagle (Oakland, CA) is said to be the only scale available using a standard industrial PC with no proprietary controls.
Machine Product Brief
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B&H Labeling Systems: Roll-fed labeler

B&H (Ceres, CA) introduces the Model 1600 roll-fed labeler for 8-oz to 1.5-L bottles and 1.5"- to 5"-dia containers. Works at speeds to 300 cpm. No tools are needed for container or label changeovers, which take less than 10 min.
Controls Product Brief
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Kalish, a member of DT Industries Packaging Group: Palletizer

The Kalish (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Palletizer loads cases from any side at speeds to 8 cases/min. The pallet can be loaded or unloaded from the front or side, and its infeed conveyor can be adjusted.
At Upsher-Smith Laboratories in Minneapolis, a camera (far left) takes an image of a pharmaceutical label to verify date and lot
Feature Article
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Strong gains projected for machine vision in packaging

The pharmaceutical and food industries are expected to report 10%-plus gains annually in use of machine vision systems, says this report from a prominent trade group.
Controls Product Brief
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Heat-sealing machine

A new tabletop heat-sealing machine from Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) has a pneumatic sliding table and is designed for trays and cups as tall as 150 mm (5.9").
Machine Product Brief
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Capmatic Ltd.: Vial filling brochure

Capmatic (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has released an 8-page color brochure detailing its Model Intrepid FS-62 Monoblock, developed to fill and insert rubber stoppers into vials intended for sterile products.

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