Machine control

Controls Case Study
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Maker of thermoformed cups warms to PC-based controls

Kalamazoo, MI-based Fabri-Kal has been moving rather aggressively in the direction of PC-based control architecture in the thermoforming equipment they use to make plastic cups, bowls, and other containers found everywhere from the supermarket shelf to the kitchen pantry.
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SOA PLC from Beckhoff
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Beckhoff: Service oriented architecture PLC

The SOA PLC from Beckhoff is designed for efficient, data-consistent, secure, and standardized communication for the implementation of Smart Factories; the unit features IEC 61131-3 functions and secure OPC UA communication.
Controls Product Brief
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Rockwell: Process automation system

Rockwell Automation has added new virtualization, batch management, and integrated motor control capabilities to its PlantPAx process automation system, extending the capabilities of its modern distributed control system (DCS) platform to simplify the system’s design, deployment, operation, and maintenance.
Yaskawa’s iQpump Micro intelligent pump drive
Controls Product Brief
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Yaskawa: Intelligent pump drive

Yaskawa’s iQpump Micro intelligent pump drive provides simple, reliable, cost-effective microdrive control for variable-torque pump loads through 25 HP.
Cap liner. Among the machines built by MMC are those that cut and insert lining material into newly molded caps and closures.
Feature Article
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Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control

PC-based control and EtherCAT Industrial Ethernet technology bring faster machine setup, a smaller controls cabinet, and other benefits to this maker of cap lining machines.
Controllers and modules for harsh environments
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Controllers and modules for harsh environments

B&R’s X20c series of compact controllers and I/O modules are protected against condensation and corrosive gases by a special coating on the electronics module, making them suitable for use in corrosive environmental conditions.
Controls Product Brief
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Bosch Rexroth: Cabinet-free/modular machine control components

Bosch Rexroth’s motor-integrated and near-motor IndraDrive Mi drives enable machine manufacturers to integrate all electric drive components directly into the machine to deliver entirely cabinet-free, modular machines with a minimized footprint – complete drive technology has been moved from the cabinet to the machine with decentralized supply and mains modules.
Sysmac Machine Automation Controller with Delta robot
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Sysmac Machine Automation Controller with Delta robot

See what integrated machine control, robotic control, vision and safety look like in this video of Omron's Sysmac Machine Automation Controller mated to a Delta robot for high-speed part orientation, discrimination and matching with instantaneous communication to an EtherCat network.
Automation PC 2100
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Controller and PC in one compact housing

Able to be used simultaneously as a high-performance industrial controller as well as a PC for sophisticated HMI applications, the new Automation PC 2100 from B&R can run Automation Runtime and Windows at the same time using Intel Atom multi-core processing technology.
Vertical lifting in electrical-free environments
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Vertical lifting in electrical-free environments

Lift vertical, heavy loads of 1 to 20 tons in environments that disallow electrical, such as dipping into and out of acids, with Candy Controls' screwjacks.

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