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Controls & Automation

At the heart of the pneumatics solution on the Rhino 12 MAP tray-packing system is the eight-station VTUB electronically controlled manifold.
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Pneumatic-based motion system keeps MAP machine productive

UltraSource partnered with its pneumatics solutions partner to ensure that critical motion actuation systems offer the highest performance and reliability.
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With a top speed rated at  140/min, this overwrapper uses servo motors  for six axes of motion.
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New controls package bring versatility, functionality, and low TCO

Like most OEMs, Package Machinery Co. looks for ways to reduce TCO for its customers. A switch to a new controls package brought significant progress.
A servo linear conveying system similar to this one is what Delkor uses in its integrated cartoning solution.
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Linear servo motor permits unique cartoning system

All in a very small footprint, this integrated packaging system forms, loads, and closes cartons thanks to its “racetrack” conveyor powered by servo linear motors.
In Edson’s newest line of case packers, the use of RFID plays a big role in ensuring that the right change parts are being added when a changeover is called for.
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Flexible case packer becomes intelligent

Change is inevitable. Human errors seem inevitable, too. But with skillfully applied technology, this case packer OEM developed a system to cope with such things.
Figure A: This schematic illustrates how data is extracted from plant floor PLCs and then turned into reports that Campbell personnel at various levels can utilize.
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Campbell Soup’s cooking with real-time data

From automated data collection to plant floor workers armed with handhelds helping them make better decisions, Campbell Soup is leaving behind its paper-based ways.
Through a Modbus TCP connection to the controller, all energy parameters are displayed on the HMI.
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How to optimize energy usage on a flow wrapper

By putting a variable frequency drive on a crucial vacuum pump and connecting electric power meters to the HMI by way of the controller, ACMA developed a “green machine.”
As many as four robots can be integrated into one of Schneider’s RVCL systems, but regardless of the number, each robot controller has integrated within it the hardware and software tools for vision processing.
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Machine vision processing made easy

A leading robotic integrator and maker of secondary and end-of-line packaging equipment, Schneider Packaging Equipment makes a line of Robotic Vertical Carton Loaders that are suitable for food, pharmaceutical, personal care, and other industries.
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Converter adds business management software

Rice Packaging Solutions, a converter serving the food and beverage industry, has selected a business management software solution built specifically for packaging operations.
Among the benefits of the versatile valve manifold is that all inputs are carried back to the PLC by a single cable.
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CANopen-fieldbus and motion-control success

End user productivity went up 30% after a state-of-the-art retort-basket unloading system was designed as a replacement for a largely mechanical predecessor.
Tripack used a motion analyzer tool to size the servo motor.
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Perf module a highlight of integrated control solution

When it came time to show off a new machine at Pack Expo International, this OEM was ready. A highlight of the new equipment is its controls package.
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Controls trends to look for in 2013

As in 2011 and 2012, director of business development John Kowal of B&R brings us a look at trends in packaging machinery control and automation. This time around, he also recommends a few action items.
The APC910 controller on this CLS Series inspection system can take data from 32 inspection stations with no need for a handshake among PLCs to aggregate the data.
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New controls package includes Intel’s latest processor

When data from as many as 32 machine vision inspection stations can all flow directly into a single controller, users get much clearer analytics.
Among the things beck packautomaten was able to do with the help from new drive technology was to eliminate the need for compressed air, an expensive form of energy.
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Drive technology serves up a customer-friendly shrinkwrapper

The newest shrinkwrapping system from this packaging machinery OEM makes good use of drive technology to minimize energy consumption and save on packaging materials.
Each robotic end effector picks 30 empty tubes per cycle and places them in the pucks on the racetrack carrier.
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One controller governs 92 axes of motion

What do you get when you deploy 92 servo motors on a tube-filling machine? At Norden, a part of the Coesia Group, you get a machine that fills 850 toothpaste tubes/min.
Viewed from the side, the pallet is in the central station of the three-station FireTag system; infeed is to the right and discharge to the left.
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Controls technology leads to breakthrough in PTI-compliant marking

This Florida grower and shipper looked high and low for an automated method of marking palletized cases of produce. Finally, it built its own.

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