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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.
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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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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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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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illumitronics: Can label inspection

illumitronics introduces the Pro-400 and Pro-500 series label inspection systems, designed to inspect and reject containers having missing, twisted, flapping, or dog-eared labels.
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User fees

The proposed 2005 federal budget submitted to Congress by the Bush administration contains user fees for food processing facilities and for meat and poultry inspection.
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Packaging Technologies and Inspection, LLC: Packaging Technologies and Inspection, LLC: Packaging Technologies and Inspection, LLC: Leak-testing technology

PTI introduces the PTI-225, a low-cost, versatile package inspection system that does not alter or destroy packages. Detects leaks in filled and sealed pouches, cups, trays and bottles.
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Thompson Scale: Intermediate chechweigher

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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Compact vision system

The NI CVS-1455 compact vision system from National Instruments is said to deliver nearly twice the processing power and 4 times the storage capacity of the NI CVS-1454 system released in July.

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