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Controls & Automation

Ease of operation. Flexible and easy to configure, the programmable safety controller now used by S&R Robot Systems is operator friendly.
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Safety controller fits robot integrator

Taking safety inputs and keeping track of them redundantly to prevent harm to operators—it’s an important task in today’s increasingly sophisticated machines.
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Implementing the Internet of Things incrementally

Optimizing existing technologies to integrate data is a way to increase productivity and efficiency, and it doesn’t have to all happen in one fell swoop.
Optimized combo. An optimized motor-gearbox combination is one of the keys to Multivac’s new lines of thermoforming machines and tray sealers because it enables these systems to produce secure film-to-film seals in packs like the one shown.
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Converting from pneumatics to servo

A number of advantages have been realized since this machinery manufacturer migrated from motion axes powered by pneumatic systems to axes powered by servo technology.
Successful suction.  The programmable dense-cup-population tooling uses a total of 128 vacuum cups to pick freshly baked buns and other products from primary packaging lines to bread trays
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Vacuum tooling reduces changeover time

The system was so successful at boosting speed on an end-of-line packaging solution for bread products that the OEM applied for and received a patent.
Visual inspection of insulin vials at the Brazilian site in Montes Claros, Novo Nordisk. Source: Novo Nordisk.
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Novo Nordisk Brazil site implements software program

Company uses newest PAS-X version at one of their largest sites for 18 production lines and two lines for packaging.
Servo drives. The Digitax ST drives use multi-network management via central PC and Ethernet for coordination of all production menus and motion equations on the individual process components.
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Variably-sized shippers on demand

Servo drives and motors play a key role in delivering the kind of precision and predictability necessary on a new breed of machine that forms variably-sized corrugated shippers from roll stock on demand.
Compact drives. One thing Top Tier engineers and machine  designers like about the servo drives is that they neatly fit in a relatively small controls cabinet.
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Hybrid servo system brings positioning accuracy to palletizing

The L7 palletizer has standard AC motors and a machine control code accessed on a familiar PLC interface. But servo drives in place of VFDs bring big benefits.
Significant Debut. This continuous-motion VF/F/S machine is the OEM’s most significant new-product development in recent memory.
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PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Getting its new vf/f/s system ready in time for Pack Expo Las Vegas was a challenge, but Matrix managed just fine. A bit of strategic retooling included One Cable Technology and EtherCAT.
Brains Brewery upgraded of its yeast-handling control process to a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix system and Ethernet connectivity. Source: Prosoft Technology
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Brewery gains flexibility, reduces downtime with gateway

Remote I/O-to-Ethernet gateway enables easy replacement of 27-year-old PLCs for a Wales brewery upgrading its yeast-handling control process.
Embedded drive. A smart embedded drive inside the friction feeder brought a big leap in performance for the OEM’s friction feed packaging machines.
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Stripped-down drive works wonders

A leading maker of leaflet inserters greatly increased machine speed and doubled accuracy by embedding a stripped-down servo drive in its friction feeder.
Medical pouches. This sophisticated medical combination pouch system turns flat roll stock into a range of bags and pouches used in the healthcare industry.
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Recipe for success

Using the latest drive and control components, CMD Corp. built a PDI Medical Combination Pouch System with rapid data management and unparalleled precision.
Big leap. HMI technology takes a big step forward with ADCO’s introduction of the InterACT™ runtime application. Its impressive functionality can also be accessed on a hand-held mobile device.
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Building a better interface and taking it mobile

ADCO, a leading builder of end-of-line packaging systems, went to Pack Expo Las Vegas with a brand new HMI and a mobile app that wowed show attendees.
The remote I/O module used by  Advanced Manufacturing Technology has eight ports,  and because each can handle dual I/O, it’s a 16-point module.
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Remote I/O modules optimize flow of data on air conveyor lines

With a 16-point remote I/O module located every 60 feet, these air conveying lines are distinguished by minimal wiring and smooth transfer of data from sensors to controller.
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.
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.

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