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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Upgraded food X-ray system

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Xpert C400 X-ray system for detecting metals and other foreign objects in food has been upgraded to include an X-ray source with twice the power of the original model, compact sanitary drum motors, and shorter line configurations.
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Machine Product Brief
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Cognex Corporation: Barcode reader for challenging applications

Offering the benefits of image-based readers with the ease-of-use and cost of laser scanners, the DataMan 503 barcode reader from Cognex provides high read rates, performance feedback, and no moving parts, making it suitable for challenging barcode reading applications.
Machine Product Brief
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ABB Robotics: Vision system for robots

PickVision robots from ABB Robotics, in collaboration with SVIA Industrial Automation, actually see the parts they are handling, allowing them to easily adjust to a wide variety of parts, and handle smaller or larger volume of the same part because of the speed and agility afforded by the smart camera function.
Vaisala
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Vaisala

Life sciences continuous monitoring division offers a new data logger with small form factor. Credit card-sized temperature monitor features built-in alarm. Vaisala offers humidity, oxygen and carbon dioxide sensors as well.
Machine Product Brief
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Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc: X-ray inspection for vertical packages

Available in two models, Mettler-Toledo Safeline’s SideChek XR x-ray inspection system delivers effective, cost-effective production line x-ray inspection of products in vertical packaging such as bottles, cans, and canisters made from metal, glass, rigid plastic, and fiberboard.
PLR Camera for Robotic De-racking Applications From Sick
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PLR Camera for Robotic De-racking Applications From Sick

Racks get bent and parts don’t always sit in the same place. This robot uses 2-D and 3-D camera to update its position for accurate picking of parts–-self-contained unit, no PC required, web-based interface can be set up and monitored from an HMI on the factory floor.
The APC910 controller on this CLS Series inspection system can take data from 32 inspection stations with no need for a handshake among PLCs to aggregate the data.
OEM Application Note
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New controls package includes Intel’s latest processor

When data from as many as 32 machine vision inspection stations can all flow directly into a single controller, users get much clearer analytics.
Machine vision software
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Machine vision software

Autovision 2.0 from Microscan has a feature called Microscan Link that permits communication internally as well as externally through Ethernet IP.
Machine Product Brief
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Eriez Magnetics: X-ray inspection system

Eriez’ E-Z Tec XR-Pack X-Ray Inspection System effectively inspects for foreign objects (metal, glass, stone, bone and some plastics), count, seal integrity, weight, shape, item position, and presence/absence of items.
Top loading machine places blisters online.
Feature Article
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Hoffmann-La Roche AG's line automates personalized kit packaging

Seven sub-machines package clinical trial patient kits with efficiency and inspection security, minimizing labor costs.
Machine Product Brief
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MOCON, Inc: Oxygen test system

Three new accessories for Mocon’s OpTech oxygen test system for food and pharmaceutical applications are now available: a portability kit; a needle attachment with fluorescing sensor material applied to its tip; and the new ImPULSE sensor that works with opaque materials as well as with retort applications.
Sun-Pac metal detector
Machine Case Study
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Versatile metal detector shines at Sun-Pac

Machine is moveable between eight different packaging lines for this contract packager of vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements.
Wash-off labels for glass and PET bottles
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Wash-off labels for glass and PET bottles

Avery Dennison spokesperson Robin Bell demonstrates Fasson® Wash-off labels, suitable for both glass and PET bottles, providing label converters with a replacement for wet-glue product. Suitable for body and/or neck labeling of light and dark containers, as well as bottled water in glass and large containers in recyclable PET bottles.
See a 'hot' Tabasco vision system in action
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See a 'hot' Tabasco vision system in action

See how Acquire Automation's custom vision systems shoots and processes multiple label views into one.
Full array of 1D/2D readers, vision systems
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Full array of 1D/2D readers, vision systems

PACK EXPO 2012: Through its acquisition of Siemens’ machine vision systems business, Microscan has added to its 1D and 2D bar-code reading capabilities the ability to verify the integrity of labels and packages with machine vision systems.

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