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Poultry/pork processor bags big benefits

Albertville Quality Foods saves labor, improves bagging speeds, cuts giveaway by installing intermittent-motion vf/f/s machine and radial scale.
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Industry Watch

CompaniesNorwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems announced the formation of a distributor agreement between ITW Ltd.  and Allen Codiergeräte GmbH. The agreement gives the ITW companies exclusive rights to distribute the coding and marking equipment designed and manufactured by Germany-based Allen Codiergeräte to all the regions of the world not served by Allen Codiergeräte.
Automation initiative brings sweet results
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Automation initiative brings sweet results

A robotic solution lets Necco put its popular Sweethearts Conversation Hearts on a fast track to greater throughput at higher speeds with reduced labor costs.
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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Contaminant detection system

Thermo Fisher Scientific has upgraded its EZx contaminant detection system by enhancing numerous software and hardware components.
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Packaging Systems Automation, Inc: Reject conveyor

Packaging Systems Automation offers its model RNRC “retracting nose” reject conveyor, which rejects product upon receipt of a signal.
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Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc: Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc: Gravity flow metal detector

Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Inc. introduces the GravityFlowHD metal detector, a heavy-duty metal detector designed for high volume dry processing applications.
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Loma Systems: X-ray inspection

The new X4 X-ray inspection line from Loma Systems offers new high-speed USB connectivity and a Windows® XP operating system with an intuitive graphical touchscreen display.
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Vision-guided robotics

ABB’s Robotics Div. now offers Vision Guided Robotics (VGR) with TrueView™, a system that allows robots to “see” and “comprehend” information about their environment—such as variations in part position, type, style, and quality—in real time.
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Bosch Packaging - Pharma: Heavy-duty checkweigher

Bosch Pharma has extended its electronic checkweigher range to include the KWE 4040 machine, designed to weigh large packages in a gross weighing range up to 30 kg.
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Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Inc: Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Inc: Checkweigher displays

Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed Checkweigher has replaced its entry-level A-Series checkweigher with the new XC3, adding new displays to the platform for basic process quality control.
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X-ray inspection system

New E-Z Tec XR Inspection Systems from Eriez use linear array technology for increased sensitivity and speed. System helps ensure product and package integrity by identifying contaminants, scanning for missing or broken products, detecting packing voids, confirming fill levels, controlling product and package mass and fat analysis.
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Cognex Corporation: Fast vision sensing

The new In-Sight 5600 vision sensor from Cognex provides ruggedness, performance, speed, and resolution for challenging machine vision applications at exceedingly high line speeds.
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Upskilling: Is your workforce packaging technology savvy?

As packaging machinery becomes more sophisticated, training and education, or ‘upskilling,’ becomes a growing concern for managers at Pepperidge Farm and elsewhere.
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Back in the U.S.A.

Drug reimportation legislation seems likely to pass in Congress. It may jumpstart track-and-trace packaging technology.
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The wrap-up: All in a day's work

Reader inquiries are an interesting part of a packaging editor's workweek.

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