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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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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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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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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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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.

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