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PneumaticScaleAngelus: Capper with torque monitoring

Pneumatic Scale’s (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) TC Capper features a torque monitoring option, which is said to guarantee correct application torques and eliminate the possibility of leaking and overtightened caps.
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The thermal-transfer printer/encoder "test" machine (above) operates at a Hines Veterans Hospital outpatient pharmacy. It encode
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VA hospital tests 'talking' label

Visually impaired patients at a veterans hospital are participating in a pilot program involving a radio-frequency identification labeling system that can read aloud prescription information and instructions for a medicine.
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CVC Technologies: 'Speaking' data labeler

Capable of speaking set-up directions and diagnostic assistance in English, Spanish or Chinese, the Hawk Labeler from CVC (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) memorizes bar codes, container sizes, label sizes and hot-stamp data so it can stop the machine if an incorrect package is presented.
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.
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Marconi Data Systems: Printer management tool

Marconi Data Systems (Wood Dale, IL) has released the Excel WebLink printer management tool, which makes it possible to monitor 1 or more Marconi Excel series ink-jet printers from a remote location.
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%.
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Keyence Corp. of America: Technical guide

Keyence’s (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) latest issue of “Machine Vision Technical Guide” provides tips and applications for the Keyence CV Series ultra-small vision systems.
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Engineering software quickens product launch

Mary Kay Inc., the Dallas-based global direct-selling manufacturer of skin care and beauty products, is implementing Design-Expert® mathematical software from Stat-Ease (Minneapolis, MN) to help avoid product launch delays and unnecessary rework costs.
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Zebra Technologies: Printer connectivity

Zebra Technologies (Vernon Hills, IL) has introduced ZebraLink™, a printer connectivity and control solution. ZebraLink provides real-time, remote error notification and printer management.
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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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Paired vf/f/s equipment 'brews' foodservice packs (sidebar)

New Texas plant turns to vf/f/s machines
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Klockner Hansel Tevopharm USA: Flow wrapper

Pack 2000, a servo-driven, modular flow wrapper from Klöckner Hänsel Tevopharm (Sarasota, FL), permits confectionery, baking and nutraceutical packagers to add or modify capabilities quickly and economically from a basic, low-speed system with manual infeed to a fully automated, high-speed packaging system.

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