Ambec's (Owings Mills, MD) improved laner uses powered side belts to ensure minimal damage to products. The belts hold products in place prior to laning, move the product to the exact location required, then release them.
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ISO 9001 certification: AGI Inc. (Melrose Park, IL); K-Tron America (Pitman, NJ) for manufacture of Hasler Feeders and K-Tron Soder line; GneuB Kunststofftechnik GmbH (Monichhusen, Germany); Ranpak Corp.
PPT Vision's (Eden Prairie, MN) Passport® DSL (digital serial link) digital machine vision system and network is said to deliver sharp, noise-free images without distortion, signal degradation, or pixel jitter.
Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH) has introduced the Superprox® Model SM606 Series of analog sensors. They continuously monitor the distance to an object and generate a proportional 0- to 10-V output.
Motoman's (West Carrollton, OH) lightweight, low-cost SV3 robot can be used for small-parts handling and packaging applications. The articulated six-axis robot features a 3-kg (6.6-lb) payload capacity, a reach of 677 mm (26.6") and a repeatability rate of ±0.03 mm (±0.001").
The Quadrus(TM) 2D code reader from Microscan Systems (Renton, WA) reads 2D bar-code symbologies at rates to 300 labels/min on most media types. Suitable for tracking and verification in automated packaging systems, it can be mounted on conveyor lines or included as a component within equipment.