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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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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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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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Free machine vision seminars

Cognex will host a free machine vision seminar in 100 cities in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico this fall.
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China: The Yin and the Yang

A number of conversations have kept the subject of China and packaging on my mind. First was a fresh flood of e-mails consisting of Chinese characters that regularly crashed the old Macintosh—the new Macintosh, too.
FDA's Counterfeit Drug Task Force is more focused on RX drugs than OTC products
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Anticounterfeiting: the urgency grows

Prescription drugs come first, but efforts could encompass OTC, too.
Schering-Plough: Cartoning and checkweighing of blister packs
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Schering-Plough: Cartoning and checkweighing of blister packs

Individual blister packs are mechanically fed into a flighted conveyor that brings them a short distance downstream to where they are inserted into folding cartons via a Marchesini cartoner. Thermal ink-jet coding, powered by Hewlett-Packard and supplied by Nutec, code inspection, also part of the Nutec system, and checkweighing (from Optima) all follow.
Schering-Plough: Blister pack forming/filling for Claritin
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Schering-Plough: Blister pack forming/filling for Claritin

From a feed bowl, tablets are fed into formed blisters via a Cam Pak thermoform/fill/seal system. Once lidding is applied, blister packs move through an inspection station from SEA Vision (represented in the U.S. by Calia Technical Inc.) and then on to a punch station.
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Thompson Scale: Small-package checkweighers

Thompson Scale introduces 2 types of small-package checkweighers: drag chain for rigid containers, and belt conveyor for flexible and unstable products.
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Kerr Group Inc: Kerr Group Inc: Kerr Group Inc: Metal detector

The Goring Kerr DSP Rx from Thermo Electron is the first detection unit to incorporate the company’s patented QuadraCoil™ system, said to provide 15 to 20% improvements in sensitivity levels.
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Microsys to sell Redlake cameras

Microsys will represent Redlake in Mexico, and in Central and South America.
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Robots dissected (sidebar)

How do you choose?
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Heat and Control, Inc: Easy-clean checkweighers

Accurate and easy-to-clean Ishida DACS Checkweighers from Heat and Control are said to increase customer satisfaction by providing precise weight and count verification of packaged and cased products before they reach final distribution.

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