The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has established January 1, 2008, as the uniform compliance date for new food labeling regulations issued between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2006.
Sick has launched two new vision sensors for packaging applications. The Area Gloss Detector (AGD) detects the gloss from a product, making it useful for bottle rotation or checking for weld seams or label presence; the AGD uses reflections created by its own integrated light source in order to detect orientation.
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:
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.
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.