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Intellution Incorporated: PC-based control book

A new book, SoftLogic: Overcoming Funnel Vision, by Dennis E. Wisnosky, senior VP of Intellution (Norwood, MA), describes the promise of control software running on standard PCs, which it terms SoftLogic.
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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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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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Rockwell Automation: Rockwell Automation: Indexing servo drives

Rockwell Automation/Electro-Craft (Eden Prairie, MN) has added indexing functionality to its BRU-Series Advantage Line family of digital servo drives.
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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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Flow wrapper

The new Flowtronic 120AB flow wrapper from GEI Autowrappers (Wayne, PA) uses an Allen-Bradley PLC and a three-axis servomotor drive system for flexibility in a range of applications.
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Romaco, Inc: Vision system for blisters

The Visycam 1010 Intelligent Camera from Romaco (Morris Plains, NJ) detects for presence and product fragmentation by analyzing shape, area and perimeter in blisters.
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.
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Case opener/loader/sealer

The Salwasser (Reedley, CA) Model M-50 automatic RSC case opener, loader and sealer uses servo-driven case opening and transfer drives to ensure positive motion at speeds up to 15 cases/min.
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Case printer

The Print-A-Code (PAC) Model 1 short-run case printer from James Dawson (Nepean, Ontario, Canada) provides a quick and inexpensive means of printing graphics onto corrugated cases.

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