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Confusing meat label claims

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Agricultural Marketing Service are working on labeling rules to clear up some of the confusion about label claims on meat products.
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Cognex Corporation: Intelligent inspection

A new plug-and-play inspection system combines the technology from two machine vision manufacturers, resulting in reduced cost and operator ease of use.
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Lepel Corporation: Cap inspection

Lepel’s new Cap Inspector - Bottle Monitor System is designed as a stand-alone unit or to work in conjunction with the company’s Induction Cap Sealing System.
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AGR Top Wave, LLC: Quality control for preforms

AGR*TopWave has added the Preformer™ Quality Test System to its family of products. With associated handling equipment, the Preformer inspection system functions as a total quality control system for PET preforms at speeds to 22ꯠ inspections/hr.
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Loma Systems: Speedy load cell

Loma Systems offers improved accuracy and speed on its AS checkweigher line through the FIT (Fast Intelligent Transducer) load cell. Specifically designed for dynamic weighing applications due to its high torsion and bending stiffness.
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Sensor software

Cognex introduces the In-Sight Explorer, a software package designed to complement the company's family of In-Sight vision sensors.
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Cognex to host free seminars

Cognex Corp. will host a series of free machine vision seminars called Understanding and Applying Machine Vision Sensors.
American Italian Pasta Co.: Case packing on a pasta packaging line
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American Italian Pasta Co.: Case packing on a pasta packaging line

Finished bags are conveyed through a metal detector from Fortress Technologies and a checkweigher from Heat and Control just before case packing from Fallas Automation. Filled cases are taped shut and date coded on their sides.
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OYSTAR NA: OYSTAR NA: OYSTAR NA: Pouch inspection

PTI offers the Seal-Scan Model 550 with 100% online inspection of pouches at up to 150 pouches/min without water or any contact material. Machine offers a rapid, reliable, and repeatable online inspection method to check seal quality on a variety of pouches and packages that may otherwise leak months later.
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Cognex Corporation: Frame grabber

Cognex offers the MVS-8501 frame grabber for high-speed analog cameras. Machine is designed for the next generation of high-speed analog cameras that use the latest progressive scan CCD sensor technology.
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Lock Inspection Systems: Vertical metal detection

Lock Inspection Systems improved its MET 30+ metal detector series by launching the Compact Vertical Fall. Smaller than the previously available standard systems, the new Vertical Fall provides manufacturers with high levels of protection for incoming bulk raw materials in both granular and fine powder form, even in severely restricted spaces.
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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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Reliability management: MTBF an unreliable metric?

Reading through a recent copy of Maintenance Technology magazine, I discovered an arresting headline: "Using MTBF to determine maintenance interval frequency is wrong."
The new Innervision system incorporates both x-ray vision and machine vision technologies.
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Combining x-ray technology and machine vision

Inspection equipment manufacturer combines x-ray technology and machine vision into one system.
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Cognex Corporation: Machine vision tool

Cognex introduces PatFlex™ geometric pattern-finding technology. The software tool enables a vision system to locate an object, feature, or pattern that has perspective that changes or a surface that is curved, warped, wrinkled, or stretched.

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