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E-mailed production data

Rockwell Software's (Milwaukee, WI) RSMailman software automatically sends real-time production data extracted from PLCs on the packaging floor anywhere in the company using simple electronic mail messages.
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Advanced Micro Controls Inc: Packaging PLS

Easypack from Advanced Micro Controls Inc. (Terryville, CT) is said to be a plug-and-play limit switch solution for packaging machine applications. Includes Series 8500 programmable limit switch modules and pre-configured ladder logic for Allen-Bradley's SLC 500 PLCs.
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Siemens Industry Inc: Soft logic control system

Siemens Energy & Automation (Alpharetta, GA) introduced SIMATIC WinAC, a PC-based control solution allowing users to perform open-loop control on a single, open-hardware platform.
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Steeplechase Software Inc: PC-based control

Books, tutorials and white papers designed to help packagers learn more about controls. A Practical Guide to PC-Based Control & Flow-Chart Programming is a new handbook available from Steeplechase Software (Ann Arbor, MI).
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Filamatic, a division of National Instrument LLC: CD-ROM aid

National Instrument Co. (Baltimore, MD) is offering electronic documentation to assist in line validation efforts. In a CD-ROM format, it allows users of Filamatic® and Capamatic® machinery access to a complete operators manual, a PLC code program listing, and an operation description and function sequence with full motion video and sound.
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George Gordon Assoc., Inc: Automated layer pack case loading system

Layer Pac Model LP-1000 case loading system from George Gordon Associates (Nashua, NH) forms layers on a live matrix generating table to eliminate back pressure.
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

The Model FSB shrink bundler from Omega Design (Exton, PA) automatically collates, unitizes and wraps containers and/or cartons into a predetermined configuration.
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Aromat Corporation: Two-color touch panel

D30 Series graphic touch panel from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) consists of a NEMA 4-rated two-color backlit LCD that can display text and graphics. Stores up to 256 message screens, which can be color coded for faster operator recognition.
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Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP): Computer/line integration

Using Computer Technology to Achieve Packaging Line Integration and Automation is a comprehensive, 235-page textbook available from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Herndon, VA).
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All-in-one HMI, PLC, I/O

Simatic C7-620 series of controllers from Siemens (Alpharetta, GA) combine a PLC, human-machine interface (HMI) and I/O components in a single, compact unit.

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