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Vision sensor

Cognex's Insight 5400S stainless steel vision sensor is industrial-grade, meets IEC specifications for shock and vibration and achieves an IP68/NEMA 6P rating that stands up to chemical washdown and submersion. It can be used to sort objects, detect proper fill levels, inspect cables, caps and safety seals, verify label text, date and lot codes, read linear and 2D codes and count and verify products in cartons.
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Rubber tubing

K-4156 thermoplastic rubber tubing from Kent Elastomer Products is an extruded silicone replacement compound. Suitable for the food and beverage industry where high temperature stability is not vital, the translucent tubing meets FDA food grade requirements.
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Case packer

The Standard-Knapp Versatron 939s APT case packer handles difficult shaped containers. The unit can pack reverse-tapered bottles, flasks, unstable bottles, locking shapes, trigger bottles and other non-round products.
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Air filters

irguard's Activator series air filters have multi-stage media construction with layers of multi-denier polyester fibers that capture particles throughout the filter's depth, preventing "face-loading," and increasing dust-holding capacity. The filters are manufactured in two-, three- and four-ply models to meet MERV 6, 7 and 8, respectively. Media layers are heat-sealed around a nine-gauge internal wire frame.
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Absorber agitator

SPX says its Lightnin VSF absorber agitator for flue gas desulfurization processes incorporates the most efficient impeller (A312) for fluid motion and gas dispersion and the latest sealing technology (no seal water). The VSF line provides a robust, cost effective design, extended operation without shutdown and optimal energy consumption, says the company.
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Pump software

seepex offers a free computer program that calculates the savings realized when users switch from an air-operated double-diaphragm pump to an electrically operated progressive cavity pump.
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Carbon monoxide monitor

Mocon's PAC CHECK Model 333 hand-held headspace analyzer measures carbon monoxide levels in modified and controlled-atmosphere case-ready meat packaging. The unit also measures oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. To provide headspace analysis of finished packages, the unit offers a Sticky Foot probe, which houses the needle internally for protection.
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Vibratory feeder

Eriez Magnetics Model 6C vibratory feeder is suitable for small trays up to 80 sq. in. and capacities up to 1,600 lbs./hr. The model has a maximum tray weight of 3 1⁄2 lbs. at 0.045 in. amplitude with a maximum tray amplitude of 0.045 in.
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Scraped-surface agitator

The Lee #9MSI heavy-duty, inclined, double-motion, scraped-surface agitator is available in a variety of specialized designs for product viscosities as high as 2 million CPS. Piggyback motors for independent speeds and a variety of turbine and lift fins offer alternatives to difficult motion solutions.
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Low-maintenance conveyor

Dorner's Series 220 conveyors feature bearings installed in a re-designed blind housing hole instead of a through hole. This protects the bearings from outside elements that could prematurely damage or corrode them, adds strength to the conveyor and helps reduce maintenance, says the company.
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