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3-way electronic valves
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Clippard: 3-way electronic valves

The Minimatic DV-3 line of electronic valves are precision-built 3-way control valves, utilizing a patented valving principle, flows to 70 liters/min., and designed to be suitable for many applications across diverse industries.
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Contrinex YCA 50-series safety light curtain
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AutomationDirect: Access control barriers and accessories

The Contrinex YCA 50-series safety light curtains are active optoelectronic protective devices designed for protection and safety when machine design and process are inadequate and open access might be required during operation.
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Artemis Vision: Machine vision starter kit

Artemis Vision announces the availability of its new Machine Vision Starter Kit.
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Yaskawa's Meyer explains how PackML's modular, reusable code simplifies automation efforts
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'Why is PackML important, why is OEE important, and how can they work together in your machine-control scheme?'

That's the question Doug Meyer posed at Pack Expo 2013, just before he revealed the answers to attendees of his presentation on the topic...
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ABB JOKAB SAFETY: Light curtains and light grids

Single curtain or grid model works for all applications, eliminating the need to stock multiple versions for varying machine safety requirements.
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Banner: Encapsulated LED area lights

Suitable for machine lighting, visual inspection stations, and general industrial area lighting, Banner Engineering’s WLA Series Encapsulated Area Lights are powerful, solid-state LED lights completely encapsulated in optically clear polyurethane—enhancing chemical compatibility and increasing resistance to shock and vibrations.
For Waechter GmbH, upgrading the automation components on its tray erector with help from Lenze has helped to increase the packaging machine's output from 25 to 30 cartons per minute.
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OEE in packaging: deceptively simple

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is being used with increasing frequency in the packaging industry. The reason for its popularity lies in the fact that the metric is easy to understand and relatively easy to apply. However, it is also easy to misuse. Here’s how to avoid doing so.
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Justifying an automated vision inspection investment

It's getting harder to justify manual inspection as new-tech systems such as multi-camera 'stitching' Cognex systems enter the market—especially for cylindrical containers, according to Jeremy Opperman of Clarke Engineering.
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AutomationDirect: Non-contact safety switches

AutomationDirect’s IDEM safety switches for non-contact magnetic and non-contact coded magnetic styles are interlocking devices designed to protect both people and machines.
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Automation Evangelist asks: Are you certifiable?

A leading consultant says automation pros are under-appreciated, and makes a compelling case for nascent certification programs.

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