Electro-Craft (Eden Prairie, MN) offers a DeviceNet option on its BRU Series Advantage line of universal drives and IQ Series positioning drives. DeviceNet is an inexpensive industrial-grade local area network that permits the drives to be connected along with sensors, motor starters and other devices to operator interface panels, PLCs and PCs.
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ProSys (Webb City, MO) offers its LVF tube fillers equipped with a touchscreen human-machine interface (HMI). Upgraded control provides visual display for systems operation, as well as diagnostic alarms, on-line service manual, recommended spare parts and assembly diagrams.
Smooth Operator is a 32-bit Windows(TM) PC program from Definition Software (Andover, MN) that lets users create human-machine interface screens with buttons, text, progress bars or images without doing any Windows programming.
CTC Parker Automation (Milford, OH) has introduced the Machine Configuration Module(TM) (MCM) option for its human-machine interface software. Designed specifically for discrete operations like packaging, MCM benefits include faster changeover for end-users and more rapid development of modular configurations for OEMs meeting unique customer requirements.
Series 808 burner system is used for flame surface treatment of webs to 10 meters wide. From Aerogen (Alton, Hampshire, England), it treats PP, BOPP and other non-polar materials at speeds to 750 meters/min.