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ID Technology (Fort Worth, TX), an integrator of labeling, coding, and marking systems, has agreed to become the exclusive U.S. distributor for Macsa marking and coding laser systems. Macsa offers fully programmable, permanent date and batch codes on paper, foil, wood, glass, plastics, and metals. The company provides coding technology for the pharmaceutical industry.

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) has announced the kickoff of a new series of free machine-vision seminars for manufacturing professionals. The events, called “Understanding and Applying Machine Vision Sensors,” are designed to demonstrate how vision sensors can be set up to perform automated inspection duties. Each seminar will combine a tutorial with live visionsensor demonstrations that show how vision sensors work in manufacturing applications to gauge, guide, identify, and inspect products. The seminars, which are scheduled to run from February through June in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, will also feature a giveaway of the company’s Checker 101 sensor. Those interested can register on-line at, or call 800/677-2646.

Barry-Wehmiller (St. Louis) has announced that its Pneumatic Scale Corp. division has acquired the Carr and Centritech centrifuge product lines from Kendro Industries (Asheville, NC). The new product line will reportedly complement the fillers and cappers that Pneumatic Scale already supplies to the pharmaceutical industry. The transaction is expected to result in $70 million in sales for Pneumatic Scale.

Horizontal-pouch maker Bossar (Sarasota, FL) has acquired Duma Packaging Machinery LLC, also based in Sarasota. Duma manufactures its own line of vacuum leak testers, vertical form-fill-seal machines, and pouch equipment.

Prent Corp. (Janesville, WI), a thermoformed packaging manufacturer, recently received seven industry awards in various categories. The company’s honors include the following: a Parts Competition Winner Roll Fed—Consumer Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers; four AmeriStar awards in various medical and consumer categories; and two WorldStar awards from the World Packaging Organization. All seven awards came within the last four months of 2004.

DuPont Packaging (Wilmington, DE) has announced a call for entries for its 18th annual DuPont Packaging Awards. The awards recognize industry innovations that use plastic packaging materials in both food and nonfood (industrial, cosmetic, and medical) categories. The most significant new development receives the company’s prestigious Diamond Award. All entries are judged by an international panel of experts from a wide range of industries. The entries are evaluated on degree of innovation, breadth of application, significance/impact on industry or consumers, marketing innovation, and impact on consumer or industry buying decisions. Entry forms are posted at

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