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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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.
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.
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.
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.