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Vision/Inspection

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AGR Top Wave, LLC: PET container vision inspection

Agr*TopWave offers the PETWallplus with Vision for total process and quality control for PET container manufacturers. Machine combines Agr’s patent-pending PETWall® noncontact wall-thickness monitoring system with a high-precision, camera-based inspection system. Provides both sidewall thickness distribution monitoring and random defect detection for critical areas in the seal surface and base of PET containers.
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Eagle Product Inspection, formerly Smiths Detection: X-ray technology

Smiths Heimann offers the Eagle Bantam, designed to provide an inexpensive solution to inspection. Features include the machine’s 53” length, environmental design to support both IP64 and IP65 requirements, inspection speeds to 400’/min, statistics and reporting capability, and contaminant detection as well as checkweighing, count, missing pouch, and void detection.
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Pneumatically driven delta-style robot

What if a delta-style robot for high-speed pick-and-place packaging operations could be built for roughly half the cost of those currently available? See video
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Packaging inspection and GAMP4: from pharma to food?

Will GAMP4 procedures make the leap from the pharmaceutical industry to food? Probably, was the consensus of many at the Rockwell Automation Fair held in Milwaukee, WI, in mid-November 2003.
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Classes of poultry revisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend the poultry class standards of identity to better reflect poultry sold in today’s market.
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More U.S.-Canada harmonization

GMA president C. Manly Molpus called on the governments of the United States and Canada to work toward greater harmonization of regulatory standards to promote increased trade and trade efficiency.
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Vial packing extraordinaire (sidebar)

Filler is on the way
Vision sensors like the Model 4100 (above) and Model 1010 (on facing page) can perform a variety of inspection tasks, including
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FDA not standing PAT

Food & Drug Administration hopes new cGMP initiative will open door to use of new drug packaging technology.
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X-ray technology

Smiths Heimann offers the Eagle Bantam, designed to provide an inexpensive solution to inspection. Features include the machine's 53" length, environmental design to support both IP64 and IP65 requirements, inspection speeds to 400'/min, statistics and reporting capability, and contaminant detection as well as check weighing, count, mission pouch, and void detection.
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Schneider Packaging Equip. Co.: Customized conveying

Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. offers a variety of conveying systems tailored to product handling and floor plan requirements, including mergers, diverters, and dividers.
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DVT Corporation: DVT Corporation: Smart camera technology

DVT Corp. introduces its Legend 550 Series smart camera technology. With DSP technology and increased memory, the 550 Series operates at speeds to 8 times faster than the Legend 540 model.
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Enercon Industries Corp.: Seal inspection

Enercon offers the ESP monitoring device to assist packagers in determining the performance and consistency of their induction sealing system. Unit measures and quantifies the performance or effectiveness of the induction field produced by a cap sealer.
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Small package checkweighers

Thompson Scale introduces two types of small-package checkweighers; drag chain for rigid containers, and belt conveyor for flexible and unstable products.
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Intermediate checkweigher

Thompson Scale offers its 4693i Intermediate Checkweigher designed for institutional and packaged food manufacturing, specialty chemical, and corrosive or caustic product industries.
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Heavy-duty checkweigher

Thompson Scale offers its Model 4693 Heavy-Duty Checkweigher with weight ranges from 10-300lb. Machine is designed for harsh, abusive, dirty environments such as those found in the cement, concrete, soil, bark, and carbon black products industries.

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