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ColorCode color wheel (left) and standard GRAI bar codes are included on IFCO's new returnable plastic containers for asset trac
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IFCO's asset tracking produces results

A digital-based color wheel track-and-trace technology for IFCO’s RPCs brings ‘tremendous’ benefits.
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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.
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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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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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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interpack insights

The buzz at the über-sized interpack packaging show in Germany included integration, function-block technology, Rx ‘pens,’ simplicity, esthetics, and concern for machinery ‘made in China.’
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Need for automation continues to grow!

Newly designed automation saves both time and money.
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X-ray inspector

INTERPACK : Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-Ray held the European launch of its new series 10 X-ray inspection system at interpack 2005.
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Bossar USA Inc: Bossar USA Inc: Retort pouch filler/sealer

Bossar has introduced the model BLR 3000 PMP fill seal retort pouch system, offering the flexibility to run small retail pouches as well as institutional-size pouches.
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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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An update on RFID at HP

Hewlett-Packard is both a provider and user of RFID technology.

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