Machinery

Vision/Inspection

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Overhead hoppers on each electronic tablet counter are fed by a bucket that travels on demand from a floor-level hopper (inset)
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New line helps repackaging pay off

Added last August, RxPak’s newest drug repackaging line is notable not only for its level of automation, but also for the senior-friendly, child-resistant closure it applies. See in-plant video
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RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper
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RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper

On this prescription drug repackaging line, the Swiftlift, supplied by Swiftpack Automation, another DT Industries division, is a bucket mounted on a vertical shaft.
RxPak: Electronic tablet counter
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RxPak: Electronic tablet counter

Filling on this prescription drug repackaging line is done by a pair of SV2 Intellisense electronic tablet counters from Swiftpack.
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Low-cost bar code/OCR reader

SmartReader from DVT (Norcross, GA) is claimed as the only low-cost industrial bar code reader to include OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities. Priced at $2꿃, the unit reads up to 180 codes/sec.
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Garvens USA: Garvens USA: Dynamic checkweigher

The S-Series dynamic checkweighers from Garvens (Pine Brook, NJ) can weigh and sort up to 400 packages/min for products that weigh up to 13 ¼ lbs.
PMMI executive board officers: (from left) Charles D. Yuska, Bernard M. McPheely, Mel Bahr, Robert S. Potdevin.
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Appointments, promotions

Crown Cork & Seal (Philadelphia, PA): John W. Consay, to replace retiree William J. Avery, CEO. —Multisorb Technologies, Inc. (Buffalo, NY): Mark E.
Gorton's of Gloucester operated with an HACCP program 20 years before it was required, and its packaging has several control poi
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Something fishy about HACCP

FDA and USDA plan to re-examine seafood and meat inspection programs, and to consider possible tightening of regulations.
Shown above are just a few of the shapes and sizes filled routinely on Kos?'s versatile bottling line.
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Building sales through versatility

Tokyo-based cosmetics giant Kosé installs two modular, quick-change bottling lines versatile enough to handle nearly 100 different bottle shapes and sizes.
The laser scanners "look" through the top of a case of aerosol cans (above). Each of three scan heads has a 120-degree field of
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Integrator specs laser sensor for aerosol can line

Systems integrator adapts special laser to sense defects in cases of aerosol cans for cleaning products maker. Error detection improves to 99%.
Open-mouth, pinch-bottom bags (top) are pulled from a magazine feed by vacuum cups. Sealed bags (above) exit the filler and are
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Efficiency gained, paper costs cut

A UK producer of chemicals used in the leather industry successfully integrated an automated packaging line and cut the cost of multiwall paper bags in the process.
Keith Campbell, Hershey Foods
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OMAC meeting: more than motion control

End users and machine builders alike are beginning to see OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) as a way to standardize on several packaging machine control technologies beyond just motion.
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Thermo Ramsey: Thermo Ramsey: Inspection for rigid and flexible packs

Able to find glass, stone, bone, plastic, rubber or metal contaminants, the VXS inspection system from Thermo Ramsey (Minn- eapolis, MN) uses X-ray technology to inspect filled packages—rigid or metallic flexible—at line speeds to 200’/min.
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AZCO Corp.: Inspection for pouch inserters

Developed for use with the company’s pouch inserting equipment, a new vision inspection system from Azco (Elmwood Park, NJ) detects cut pouches and when a pouch has not been fed.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

DuPont Packaging (Wilmington, DE) and Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) have formed a strategic alliance to jointly develop, manufacture and market cap liner compounds for the Americas.
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