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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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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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Rising machinery shipments show promise

Packaging machinery shipments in the United States reached $4.889 billion last year, an $82 million (or 1.7%) increase from 2002, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s 10th Annual Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Conveyor 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 conveyors.
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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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PACK EXPO Video: 2100 A Arm stretchwrapper

PACK EXPO : Cousins introduced its 2100 Series A Arm stretchwrapper at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine
The CPU used in the PAC that controls the pressure-sensitive labeling system.
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Single controller governs vision; motion and logic

A tightly integrated controls package on this pressure-sensitive labeling system brings automation plus a 50% increase in throughput.
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PACK EXPO Video: V5100 vf/f/s baling system

PACK EXPO : Taylor Products showed its V5100 vf/f/s baling system at its booth at Pack Expo International 2004 this week in Chicago. See video clip of this machine
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FDA's seven anti-counterfeiting recommendations

The battle against counterfeit drugs rages on throughout the pharmaceutical distribution chain.
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PACK EXPO Video: Vision-guided robot stacking system

PACK EXPO : Blueprint Automation showed its vision-guided robot system at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine

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