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Thompson Scale: Intermediate checkweighers

The new 4693i Intermediate Package Checkweigher from Thompson Scale is designed for the institutional and packaged food mfg., specialty chemical, and corrosive or caustic product industries.
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How to build more saleable machinery

A January 10 visit to Westpack, sponsored by Canon Communications, included a stop at the booth of Omron, a provider of manufacturing automation and control solutions. In a conversation about packaging machinery OEMs and the machine characteristics that add value in today’s manufacturing environment, the Omron brain trust offered these suggestions:
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Insight Control and Inex Vision merge

Insight Control Systems and Inex vision Systems have joined to form ICS/INEX Inspection Systems.
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High-res X-ray

The new X-Scan high-resolution X-ray linear array detector from Detection Technology is designed for demanding X-ray inspection and scanning applications such as pharmaceuticals or foods.
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Tips to improve sterile packaging line efficiency

Want to reap the benefits of on-time production and eliminate preventable line problems? Here are tips to get the most out of your inspection systems, buffers, ergonomic stations, and robotic systems.
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FDA's subtle supplement message

Agency pushes ‘gently’ to achieve more accurate information on dietary supplement product labels.
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Redlake MASD, Inc: High-speed camera

The new MotionXtra HG-TH from Redlake offers a multihead, high-speed digital imaging solution. The small, tethered camera heads fit into hard-to-reach locations for capturing high-speed events in R&D environments.
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Hinds-Bock Corp.: Servo filler/depositors

Hinds-Bock single- or multiple-position Servo Filler/ Depositors are ideal for applications where product shape or spreading are important. Servo motor control of the pistons provides infinite control of piston movement for a new flow.
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Loma Systems: Loma Systems: Metal detector

Loma Systems has launched the Cintex Sentry VF, a variable-frequency metal detector designed to offer improved accuracy and flexibility to packagers with multiproduct requirements.
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Lock Inspection Systems: Metal detector

New from Lock Inspection Systems is the MET 30+ hf, a high-frequency metal detector offering 30% higher sensitivity than standard detectors. Designed primarily for snack food and bakery industries, unit inspects dry foods at 875Khz using a single high-frequency, crystal-controlled oscillator.
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A.P. Dataweigh Systems: Stainless-steel checkweigher

Now available from A.P. Dataweigh is the SR1 Series of stainless-steel checkweighers. Designed with complete open architecture for local serviceability and spare part purchases, machines run at speeds to 200 products/min. Features new In-Motion roller design and 1” rollers, various belt styles, 60-second calibration, and software-based controls. Said to repeats at ± 1g accuracy, or ± 2g for simpler applications.
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Loma Systems: X-ray inspection for small-profile products

Loma Systems has released a new entry-level X-ray inspection unit suited for smaller products measuring a maximum of 8”Wx3”H. Packagers can enter the market at 50% price of traditional X-ray units.
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Succeeding in global markets

Rockwell Automation’s Manufacturing Perspectives 2004, held October 26 in Orlando, FL, included a breakout panel discussion titled “Managed Locally—Manufactured Globally.”
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Nutrient-content label claims

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a final rule permitting nutrient-content claims on labels of multi-service “meal-type” and “main-dish” meat and poultry products.
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Single food-safety agency?

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced comprehensive legislation to create a single food-safety agency that would combine the food safety regulatory authority of USDA, FDA, and the seafood program operated by the Department of Commerce.

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