PMC Industries' (Hackensack, NJ) new high-speed capper applies pump caps at speeds to 300/min. A programmable controller governs machine operations, including the flow of caps from the sorter and automatic shutdown in case of overloads at transfer points.
Alfa Laval Automation (Pleasant Prairie, WI) has unveiled a DCS/PLC system running under Windows NT(TM). The system consists of a number of workstations and control systems all communicating on a local Ethernet network.
Omron Electronics, Inc. (Schaum-burg, IL) has issued a new six-page, full color brochure called "Material Handling and Packaging Solutions," which highlights its factory automation systems controls for a wide range of industries.
Astrosystems' (Lake Success, NY) resolver-based multiturn Astrocoder/150 provides 16-bit position accuracy over 64 turns. Geared dual resolvers are unaffected by noise or vibration and output reliable data instantly.
UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
The S-9 contact suppressor module from Lutze (Charlotte, NC) guards against PLC burn out, noise and other equipment malfunctions. It dissipates and eliminates power surges or spikes before they interfere with control operation.