Machinery

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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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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Slautterback Corp.: Adhesive pattern generator

The PG24D hot melt adhesive pattern generator from Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is a solid-state, microprocessor-based unit. It enables the programming of adhesive application in time increments ranging from 0.001 to 9.999 sec or in length increments from 0.01” to 99½”.
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Haumiller Engineering: Plug inserter

The Model 3250 applicator system from Haumiller (Elgin, IL) fits standard or oddly shaped containers with plugs, overcaps, spray tips, collars and other applicators at speeds to 180 containers/min.
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EZ-Tek Industries Inc: Case taper

Ez-Tek Industries’ (Deer Park, NY) Easy-Taper® Top & Bottom case taper applies 2”- or 3”-wide tape to tall, unstable boxes. It incorporates a single-motor drive system that is said to save energy and simplify operation of the machine.
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: Pressureless combiner

Model #CBR-PLS pressureless combiner from Automated Production (New Freedom, PA) is designed specifically for PET production lines. Uses a meter/brake mass infeed section to control product flow.
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NJM Packaging : Tablet counter

NJM/CLI’s (Lebanon, NH) Cremer CF-1220D tablet counter features complete diagnostic capabilities. Fast changeover requires few change parts and includes motorized height adjustment.

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