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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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Universal Labeling Systems, Inc: Contract packager labeler

Redesigned CP2000 Contract Packager from Universal Labeling (St. Petersburg, FL) features a leaner, more rigid frame structure and increased number of system micro adjustments.
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Action Packaging Automation, Inc: Hf/f/s system

APAI (Roosevelt, NJ) introduces the Autopouch horizontal f/f/s system for stand-up pouches. Operating at speeds to 50 pouches/min in a single line, the servo-driven machine allows bag changeovers without requiring tools.
For its foodservice business, Mother Parker's sells bags of ground coffee under its own name as well as for brands it contract p
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Paired vf/f/s equipment 'brews' foodservice packs

By adding two vf/f/s machines, Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee meets growing sales demand for small bags of ground coffee sold primarily to restaurants and hotels.
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Douglas Machine Inc: Case packer

Douglas Machine’s (Alexandria, MN) Model FTF Tray Former Loader is capable of packing flexible pouches at speeds to 20 trays/min. Unit features a random-timing infeed to compensate for inconsistent product flow.
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Case palletizers

From Top Tier (North Adams, MA) come two new case palletizers: End-of-Line (EOL) for floor-level operation and the Tower for higher infeed configurations.

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