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.
The output from three extruders combines, then rises to form the bubble at the upper left side of the photo. The panel on the ri
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Tri-extrusion heightens Haremar's capability

A faster line yielding more consistent films lifts Haremar Plastics into three-layer capability, exemplified by a clear overwrap for McDonald’s buns.Highlights include comprehensive central control and remote monitoring and servicing.
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Sonoco Alloyd: Blister packaging machine

Alloyd’s (DeKalb, IL) 16SC1216 Carousel Blister Packaging Machine has 16 nesting trays and up to 8 product-loading stations for automatically filling and sealing at speeds to 20 cycles/min.
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Newcastle Co., Inc: Drum palletizer

Newcastle’s (New Castle, PA) 100-57D automatic drum palletizer moves filled drums onto wooden or plastic pallets. Handling plastic, fiber or steel drums in 15-, 30- or 55-gal sizes, the machine comes with an adjustable dispenser for various pallet sizes, and it loads 1 or 2 tiers of drums in 2x2, 3x3 or partial configurations.
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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.

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