Owens Design's (Fremont, CA) bottle orientation/label verification system provides high-speed label inspection on pharmaceutical bottles. It orients bottles and presents label data to a vision system for verification while checking for cap skew and TE seals at speeds of more than 400 bottles/min.
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High-speed additions have been made to the Powervision® family of machine vision products from Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH). Powervision 900 and 920 use a proprietary technology called Power Pipeline Board, which allows one image to be processed as another is being acquired.
RBU/RBS reheat machines for stretch/blow molding of PET and PP containers are available from Bekum (Williamston, MI). RBU 225 and 445 use technology that stretch/blow molds preforms into clear, glass-like containers for juice, water and milk products.
SASIB Packaging's (Skokie, IL) Weighstar(TM) combination net weigher offers up to 110 weighments/min. This computerized weigher includes a unique built-in infeed conveyor with adjustable height above the dispersion cone for gentle product distribution to feed trays.
An automatic counter/bagger/bag palletizer automates the handling of converted can ends. From Fleetwood Systems (Romeoville, IL), the system is said to increase line speeds and decrease operator involvement.
Model 2138-T is a new thermal/ thermal-transfer printer/applicator from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) that accepts a variety of thermal/ thermal-transfer print units to form a complete printer/applicator system.
Intralox (Harahan, LA) has introduced 2" (51 mm) H flights and sideguards for the Series 1100 Flush Grid conveyor belt. These flights enable the belt to convey product inclines while maintaining minimal drop height to minimize product damage.