Upstream from the robotic case packing and palletizing operation at Fresenius, pouches are filled and sent through a retort operation. As might be expected, the systems involved are every bit as sophisticated as those responsible for secondary packaging.
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Ease-of-use is a big factor for those who are integrating vision equipment, but cost is also a driving factor. Systems today can go for as little as $1귔, representing a substantial decline from the recent past.
Vision processing is a difficult task requiring many calculations that must be done in real time or close to it. But in the past few years, microprocessors and digital signal processors reached performance levels that make it possible to process complex algorithms in the available time.
Thermo Electron has introduced the GP-275 and GP-Pharma to its checkweigher line. Running at speeds to 250 ppm, the GP-275 is a more durable checkweigher for the food packaging industry and offers greater package width capability with a 275 mm belt.