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Banner Engineering: Safety controller provides flexible programming capabilities

Banner Engineering introduces the SC26-2 Programmable Safety Controller for PLC-level capability and control without the programming complexity and steep learning curve of traditional PLCs.
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Red Lion Controls: PID controllers

Compact design and universal input options provide PID control for a wide range temperature and process signals.
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Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff: Multi-touch panel PCs

Delivering multi-touch functionality and automation capability with an ARM Cortex A8 processor, the compact, fanless CP26xx series of Panel PCs from Beckhoff Automation is suitable for use in PLC and motion control of small to medium-sized machines.
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.
OEM Application Note
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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.
Controls Case Study
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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.
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Technosoft: Intelligent panel mount drive

iPOS8010 BX-CAT is the newest member of the iPOS family of Technosoft’s intelligent drives.
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Controls Product Brief
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WEISS North America: Pick-and-place direct-drive module

WEISS North America, Inc. introduces the revolutionary HP70 Pick-and-Place direct-drive component that is thinner (60 mm wide) than any linear motor or pneumatic module on the market today.
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WestPack 2014: Automation products
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WestPack 2014: Automation products

Drive- and control-based products, including Sercos bus system designed for safety; open core engineering tool that connects IT and PLC systems. Offer API programming interfaces, so software designers can develop solutions for machine control. Also, a demonstration of Android app that simulates motion that helps machines connect with one another on the floor to a higher-level control system.
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AutomationDirect: Small NEMA motor stepper gearboxes

AutomationDirect’s new SureGear™ PGCN series of stepper gearboxes is an excellent choice for stepper and other motion control applications requiring a NEMA-size input/output interface.
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Feature Article
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New interface tool tightly integrates robots and packaging machines

Generally speaking, when a robot made by a robotic OEM is integrated into a piece of packaging machinery like a case packer or cartoner, the robot comes with its own controller while the packaging machinery components are controlled by a PLC. The two controllers must interface for the total system to function.

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