DeviceNet MCC is the first DeviceNet-compatible industrial-grade motor control center, says manufacturer Cutler-Hammer (Milwaukee, WI). It allows operators control from a single PC or PLC in conjunction with a man-machine interface.
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Elsner Eng. Works (Hanover, PA) has redesigned its HS-800/OWH-800 rewinding and overwrapping production line. Designed for gift wrap, tissue, kraft paper and selected films, the rewinder can be used for core, coreless or sheet-stiffened rewinding.
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).
The DIN-rail-mounted 2003 PCC programmable computer controller from B&R Industrial Automation (Roswell, GA) can act as a PLC, a high-speed remote I/O module for PLCs, or a CAN fieldbus I/O node for PCs.
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.
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.