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The wrap-up: Phone cracks the bar code

Technical Research Centre develops and patents a bar-code analysis program that enables a digital camera phone to act as a bar-code reader.
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Kerr Group Inc: Kerr Group Inc: Kerr Group Inc: Contamination detector

Thermo Electron has developed a contamination detection system said to offer the simplicity of a metal detector with the low operating costs of ownership and enhanced detection capability/sensitivity of an X-ray system.
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SleeveCo: Servo equipped automatic sleeve labeler

SleeveCo introduces its Automatic Sleeve Labeler Model 3900. Machine is equipped with a servo motor that gives exact positional feedback. It is currently rated to run 75 bottles/min.
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DVT Corporation: Machine vision software

DVT's Intellect machine vision software has been upgraded to combine powerful new algorithms with a simplified user interface designed to be set up and operated by plant-floor technicians.
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HealthStar, Inc: In-line pressure-sensitive labeler

The new HealthStar FlexStar?
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Seven servo drives help coordinate this complex motion.
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Servos and robotics solve pouch-packing challenge

Stand-up pouches in three different sizes are automatically case packed at speeds to 90/min by this 12-axis, servo-controlled, robotic case packing system.
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Filling and retorting (sidebar)

Upstream from the robotic case packing and palletizing operation at Fresenius, pouches are filled and sent through a retort operation. As might be expected, the systems involved are every bit as sophisticated as those responsible for secondary packaging.
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Achieving consumer-driven packaging innovation

Great packaging comes from understanding consumers’ unarticulated needs, says Paul Baker, manager of packaging innovation at Masterfoods USA.
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An update on RFID at HP

Hewlett-Packard is both a provider and user of RFID technology.
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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.
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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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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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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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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.
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance is promoting voluntary standards for case dimensions to make handling and shipping case-ready
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Case-ready meat is hitting its stride

As more meat packaging is centralized, processors are finding ways to keep meat fresh longer. But how best accomplish that?

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