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Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Inc: Starwheel checkweigher

Hi-Speed Checkweigher has introduced its Starweigh Checkweigher, said to be the first starwheel-based checkweigher that maintains high throughput and excellent accuracy while handling a wide range of container sizes.
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The three smart cameras are all mounted upstream from the peel plate of the pressure-sensitive labeler.
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Pharma labels are triple-checked

Three smart cameras on a labeling system use sophisticated image-processing technology to ensure accuracy and readability of lot, date, and bar code.
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.: Wrapping, stacking and pouching of carded vials
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Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.: Wrapping, stacking and pouching of carded vials

Vials in card form are stacked and then pouched via a Sinlon S.L. Package Machine flow wrapper, represented in the U.S. by Marpak. After precise weighing on a Hi-Speed Checkweigher machine to confirm pouch counts, the pouches travel on a conveyor section to where they are manually inspected before cartoning.
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SICK, Inc: Vision sensor

Sick, Inc. offers its new DCI vision sensor that checks the number of pixels on a package’s date or lot code to verify clear printing. This process ensures that only products with the proper date or lot codes reach consumers.
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Thompson Scale: Checkweighers

Thompson Scale Co. offers the TSC 350-Q Quad-Lane Small Package Checkweighers. The TSC 350Q is a drag chain-style checkweigher designed for in-motion weighing of rigid, semi-rigid, and stable products weighing from 5 g (.18 oz) to 10 kg (22 lb).
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BluePrint Automation: BluePrint Automation: BluePrint Automation: An 'eye' for robotics

Systems integrator pairs machine vision systems with robotics, enabling its end-user customers to inspect items in line at high speeds.
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DVT Corporation: First line scan camera

The high-resolution Legend LS Line Scan vision system from DVT offers a 2K linear sensor that yields images up to 18ꯠ lines per second. Among other applications, the LS can “unwrap” cylindrical objects for label inspection.
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Omron Electronics LLC: Package inspection brochure

Omron published a new brochure outlining its inspection solutions for the food and beverage industries. Information details the challenges of package inspection (including food safety, regulatory actions, and space savings), as well as solutions (such as faster changeover and smaller machine footprints).
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Cognex Corporation: Industrial-grade sensors

Cognex has expanded its family of In-Sight vision sensors to include the 5100 and 5400 models. Said to provide 4 times the processing power of comparably priced vision sensors, these models feature a rugged industrial design and meet IEC specifications for shock and vibration.
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Robots on the rise

Because they’re smaller, faster, stronger, and a tad less costly than in previous years, expect to see robotics occupying an increasingly important role throughout the packaging function in the next few years.
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Campbell Soup selects vision system for soup cans

Campbell Soup Co., Newark, NJ, has announced that it selected the MVS-8500 vision system from Cognex Corp. to ensure proper labeling of all of its canned soups.
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UF packaging history: Short and illustrious

Packaging World presents more information about the University of Florida’s Packaging Science program than could fit into the July 2004 feature article.
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UF juiced for R&D (sidebar)

UF’s RFID portals proliferateSee video
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Redlake MASD, Inc: High-speed camera

Redlake’s new MotionXtra HG-LE offers high-performance value solution for capturing high-speed events on the production line. Available in color or monochrome, camera records 1귔 frames/sec at 752x752 resolution, and even faster rates at reduced resolutions.
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DVT Corporation: DVT Corporation: Wash-down camera

Priced at just $8귏, the DVT Extreme Environment Legend XE camera is configured in a stainless-steel case that is suitable for FDA-regulated wash-down environments.

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