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Barcode Quality Evaluation

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Because barcodes are the basis of so many data-acquisition systems, it is important to have an approach to verifying the readability of those codes.

Design for Inspection

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To "Design for Inspection" is to consciously design product packaging to not only be attractive to customers, but to ensure it can be inspected reliably and efficiently. If the product is designed from inception with an eye towards inspection, the end result is optimal for both sales and manufacturing. Click "Documentation" for the full PDF!

Dynisco Extrusion Processors Handbook

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Dynisco's handbook on extrusion is the definitive training and reference tool for the industry. With full descriptions of the mechanics and operation of all of the related hardware, to specifics of extruding a variety of thermoplastic materials, the handbook is invaluable as a training tool for new operators.

Dynisco Injection Molding Handbook

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This excellent overview of the injection molding process covers both hardware and materials. It is ideal for training new operators.

Dynisco Practical Rheology Handbook

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The Dynisco Practical Rheology Handbook provides a review of plastics and polymers, including their names and commonly used abbreviations, processing parameters and testing methods. The handbook also provides a framework for the comprehension of test results as collected from Dynisco Polymer test equipment including melt flow (MF), melt viscosity (MV) ...

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The Dynisco Practical Rheology Handbook provides a review of plastics and polymers, including their names and commonly used abbreviations, processing parameters and testing methods. The handbook also provides a framework for the comprehension of test results as collected from Dynisco Polymer test equipment including melt flow (MF), melt viscosity (MV) and the correlation of solution viscosity to MF and MV.

Enclosure Ratings Defined

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This document breaks down the International Protection (IP) and NEMA enclosure rating codes.

Encoder Handbook

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Dynapar concentrates 50 years of encoder experience into this guide on everything to do with encoders. It covers everything from the basic construction of the disk to calculating scaling factors when monitoring linear motion through a gearbox.

Extrusion Process and Products

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A graphical representation of the extrusion process and the products that are involved in it, created by Sensors Incorporated. Click "Documentation" for a PDF download!

Fail to Safe

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"Fail to Safe" is a patented concept created by Sensors Incorporated that is designed to provide the optimal product inspection system. At its core, the system assumes every product is assumed to be a "fail" until it is proven "safe" Click "Documentation" for a PDF download!

Food Safety Modernization Act - FSMA

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Initially enacted in 2011, enforcement of the new regulations in the FSMA begins in September 2016. Let us assist you with your compliance program with our popular CRIS (Control Reliable Inspection System).

Low Contrast Barcode Scanner

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When it is not possible to control the quality of printed barcodes, particularly from outside sources, there can be a huge impact on system throughput. Sick's low-contrast technology offers both a method of reading low-quality barcodes and a means of providing qualitative data for grading the codes.

Optical Filters for Machine Vision

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Optical filters are not just an accessory, they are a necessity. The right filters can save thousands on equipment, and can make the difference between an application on the edge and an application with excellent repeatability.

Parts Cleaning Using Fluidized Temp Bath

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Torching and manual cleaning of dies, nozzles, breaker plates, screws, manifolds and related hardware can cause damage, shortening the object's lifes span. Accurate Thermal Systems uses a fluidized, non-abrasive aluminum oxide sand bath at 900 F to clean the parts in 30-60 minutes with no damage to the part.

Pressure Transducer Accuracy Defined

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When comparing pressure transmitters for extrusion, it is important to understand how accuracy is being calculated. Is it "nominal", or a true combined error calculation? This concise presentation explains.

Retail Distribution Center Automated Data Collection

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This white paper created by Sick discusses the pros and cons of laser scanners, cameras and rfid readers for the automation of data collection in a retail distribution center.

Risk Assessment for Safe Machinery

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The Safety Experts at Sick go through a systematic approach to evaluating risk: "In order to analyze risk, three elements must be combined and considered; the specification of the limits of the machine, identification of hazards, and risk estimation..."

Robust Lighting for Machine Vision

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The lighting professionals at Advanced Illumination do an excellent job of defining the critical considerations for lighting machine vision applications.

Transducer Care and Handling

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Given their harsh environments of operation, Transducers can be a hard product to care for. We offer great products such as Dynisco's Vertex with a 4 year warranty, but proper care can still go a long way in the longevity of a Transducer. Click "Documentation" for a step by step guide on how to properly care and handle your transducer.

Using Safety Scanners as Light Curtains

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In applications where the lack of space or the presence of heavy traffic preclude installing light curtains, a safety laser scanner is often an effective solution.

What to Consider: Barcode Basics

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This concise, handy guide explains the key factors to consider when choosing a barcode scanner. Code size, orientation and distance from the scanner all have an impact.