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U.S. shipments for packaging machinery rise in 2003; exports increase by 33%

PMMI study predicts growth in future buying activity; record back log of $1.3 billion.
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Real-world RFID: An expert speaks

In this exclusive interview, RFID expert John Greaves of Deloitte Consulting separates RFID myth from reality, while calling on packagers to “seize the moment.” To read more of Packaging World's RFID coverage, sign up for PW's new RFID Antenna e-newsletter - it's FREE!
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Omron Electronics LLC: Detecting date code defects

Focusing on optical character recognition, the Omron F210 CF date verification vision sensor monitors printed codes for readability and rejects packages with undreadable, incomplete, or missing codes.
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DVT Corporation: OPC server for machine vision apps.

DVT has announced the availability of a new PC-based OPC server designed to work with the company’s Legend series of smart camera-based machine vision systems.
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Nova Packaging Systems: Electronic tablet counter

The new SP 200 high-speed electronic tablet counter from Nova Packaging Systems doubles the throughput previously available for electronic counters having a comparable footprint, company says.
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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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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