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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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ABB Robotics: Pick-and-place system

The IRB 340 pick-and-place robot from ABB (New Berlin, WI) now features PickMaster™ software that allows it to integrate with the company’s controller, vision system and conveyors.
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OK International: Case erector

The Superformer from OK Intl. (Marlborough, MA) erects and tape-seals bottoms of RSC cases at speeds to 15 cases/min. On a standard machine, the case magazine is 40” L, and tape rolls can be up to 2” W and 13” dia.
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Visual Packaging Systems Inc: Large-format skin packaging machine

To accommodate double-wall, corrugated skin-pack cards as large as 65”x120”, Visual Packaging (St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada) has introduced its CT-R Series skin packaging machines, which use heavy-gauge Surlyn® and PE films.
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Label-Aire: Rotary labeler

The Rotary 9000 Series roll-fed rotary labelers from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) fill round or non-round flexible containers with air to create a firmer surface for label application.
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General Conveyor Co. Ltd.: Single-column palletizer

General Conveyor’s (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) Gencon Series 30 palletizer has its layer-forming plate and plate stripper mechanism cantilevered off a single column so that the machine’s footprint can be kept to a minimum.
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Tri-extrusion heightens Haremar's capability (sidebar)

Film wraps McDonald’s Canadian buns
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Shuttleworth, Inc: Low-profile conveyor

Using patented Slip-Torque® technology, Shuttleworth (Huntington, IN) has developed a conveyor featuring a shallow depth and a completely enclosed drive mechanism.
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Douglas Machine Inc: Glass bottle case packer

The Douglas Machine (Alexandria, MN) Model CMWACP case packer is suitable for packing glass bottles at high speeds. Continuous motion and gentle bottle handling prevent label marring and glass breakage.
The vision sensor's hand controller for set-up parameters is wired through the cartoner's main panel (above) with the view displ
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A vision for low-cost inspection

Access Business Group, the manufacturing arm for Amway, upgrades cosmetics packaging with new low-cost vision sensors that confirm literature insertion and label presence.
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Oystar Jones: Cartoners

A new line of Criterion® 2000 cartoners from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) is available in both continuous- and intermittent-motion models on 3”, 6”, 9”, 12” and 15” centers.
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Ampak: F/f/s system

The A-1600 horizontal f/f/s system from Ampak (Anderson, SC) uses any type of shrink film to produce 50 to 80 packages/min. Standard sealing designs include static overlap or thermal bottom lap.
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A vision for low-cost inspection (sidebar)

A detailed look
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Krones, Inc: P-s labeler

Krones’ (Franklin, WI) Autocol V-2000 p-s labeler has a smaller footprint. The control panel is incorporated into the machine base. Available with 9, 12, 15 and 18 stations, it offers output from 100 to 600 bpm.
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Underwriters Laboratories Inc: Safety standards

Underwriters Laboratories (Northbrook, IL) has published the first edition of the “American National Standard for Meat and Poultry Plant Equipment.”Plant machinery tested includes thermal processing equipment, conveyors, grinders, mixers, slicers, scales, packaging equipment, hand tools and assorted equipment components.

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