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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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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.
Optimal control. The modular BG software suite gives users optimal control of their material flows.
OEM Application Note
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Software suite brings optimal control of material flow

Material flow in a manufacturing setting is essential when it comes to getting cases out the door. This comprehensive software suite is a modular control system that gets the job done.
Line of the Future. Production of the iconic Oreo cookie is among the packaging operations that reflect the Line of the Future t
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Mondelez embraces the future with integrated control solution

Mondelez International is as global as it gets, so having an integrated line control and line performance solution suitable for global implementation means the world to them.
Controls Product Brief
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HMS Industrial Networks Inc.: Gateway

The new Anybus BACnet to Modbus gateway makes it possible to connect Modbus devices to a BACnet network.
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Inspection system. The 3D Gocator inspection system (above) is at the heart of the overall inspection system in the schematic shown here.
OEM Application Note
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3D vision inspection assures cup quality

A sophisticated vision inspection system that provides nearly 130 profiles per cup at 600 cups/min is used for quality assurance in the commercial thermoforming of yogurt cups.
Controls Product Brief
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GE Intelligent: Operator interface solutions

GE Intelligent Platforms announces its QuickPanel+™ operator interface (OI) for the Industrial Internet now features multi-touch technology, providing the same pinch-to-zoom functionality as today’s popular consumer touchscreen devices.
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Controls Product Brief
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ProSoft Technology: Expands family of gateways

ProSoft Technology’s PLX30 gateways now are available with 2 separate Ethernet ports that allow protocols to reside on separate subnets.
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Controls Case Study
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Implementing the Internet of Things incrementally

Optimizing existing technologies to integrate data is a way to increase productivity and efficiency, and it doesn’t have to all happen in one fell swoop.
Feature Article
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Market for IAE expected to show strong growth

The market for industrial automation equipment is expected to show strong growth in 2014, with global revenue reaching $185.3 billion.

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