Updates on RFID applications at Tyson Foods and P&G/Gillette were provided recently by IDTechEx Ltd. (http://www.idtechex.com/products/en/articles/00000463.asp), a company that provides research and analysis on the development and application of RFID.
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London, England-based alcoholic beverage producer Diageo has launched its new leche-flavored liqueur line “Dulseda” in what the company claims is “the fastest time to market ever.”Key to the accelerated glass bottle design development and testing was Diageo’s use of the Vision Bottle Gauge (VBG) automated testing station supplied by Agr International (www.agrintl.com).
This summer, Penn Racquet Sports, Phoenix, AZ, is launching three- and four-counts of new HEAD-brand tennis balls packaged in PET cylindrical containers with full-body shrink sleeves supplied by ITW Auto-Sleeve (www.itw-autosleeve.com).
Multivac now offers its horizontal thermoform fill-seal (TFFS) machinery integrated with Ircon Maxline® 2 thermal seal inspection technology. Enables users to package product at high speeds while inspecting, identifying, tracking, and—if necessary—rejecting packages based on specified parameters.
ipd has released Sherlock 7, the easier-to-use and more capable next generation of the company’s machine vision software. Design environment supports color applications and provides Windows®-like editing capabilities such as drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste, together with extensive use of tool tips, status bars, context menus, and performance monitors.
Symetix, the Pharmaceutical Business Unit of Key Technology, has introduced Optyx®/SG, an optical inspection system for softgels. System automatically inspects each softgel capsule at high production speeds and identifies and removes defective softgels and foreign capsules from the product stream.
Thermo Electron Corp. offers its new Goring Kerr PROx™ X-ray inspection system, capable of finding metal, glass, stone, bone, plastic, wire, and other dense contaminants in virtually any packaged or bulk food product, as well as pumped products.
The SmallFrEYE™ PC is a compact multifunctional vision system from Value Engineering Alliance. PC-based and featuring application-specific solutions, the system was originally developed and used to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and reliability of operations routinely carried out in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and printing industries.
Bell-Mark introduces a new carton and card feeder system for use with their EasyPrint line of thermal transfer printers and coders. The EasyPrint Offline feeder system offers high quality off-line overprinting coupled with a highly versatile and high speed feeding system for printing on Tyvek sheets, pouches, and chipboard boxes.