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Integrated safety on a valve terminal
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Integrated safety on a valve terminal

At Festo's Pack Expo booth was a demonstration of how a Profibus fieldbus node can be connected to a safety network. This allows reliable communication to a pneumatic valve manifold, thus eliminating additional hardware.
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Servo motor facilitates quick, automated changeover
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Servo motor facilitates quick, automated changeover

New servo motor from Festo is specifically designed for packaging machinery. Offers Ethernet IP integrated controls. Motor and drive package are both in one compact, low-voltage unit.
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Beckhoff: Compact embedded PC

To increase small industrial controller flexibility and connect to a wide range of industrial Ethernet systems, the new CX8093 Embedded PC from Beckhoff is equipped with a PROFINET interface and the option to integrate a virtual device.
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Industrial Internet comes to Pack Expo

Smart controllers, skillful manipulation of Big Data, and people power—these are the three legs of the Industrial Internet stool as outlined by GE Intelligent Platforms. And what, pray tell, is this Industrial Internet?
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Food safety education a highlight of Pack Expo

At Pack Expo Las Vegas September 23-25, The Food Safety Resource Center's newest sponsor will present critical educational sessions on how advances in technology and software can contribute to food safety in manufacturing and packaging.
Controls Product Brief
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Rockwell Automation: Industrial ethernet switch

Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 managed industrial Ethernet switch now includes an optional integrated hardware-based Network Address Translation (NAT) feature that allows high performance and simplified integration of IP-address mapping from a set of local, machine-level IP addresses to the end user¹s broader plant-process network.
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How to achieve lead-time reduction

Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is what every manufacturer dreams of. Here’s how one manufacturer of plastic parts and components, from disposable packaging to high-end medical parts for MRI equipment, is using QRM to achieve significant lead-time reduction.
Figure A: This schematic illustrates how data is extracted from plant floor PLCs and then turned into reports that Campbell personnel at various levels can utilize.
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Campbell Soup’s cooking with real-time data

From automated data collection to plant floor workers armed with handhelds helping them make better decisions, Campbell Soup is leaving behind its paper-based ways.
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Security - The next frontier

Shop floor data security was a topic at The Automation Conference held last month with security expert Eric Byres of Tofino Security sharing his experiences and the results of government studies on the topic.
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MES/MOM as a strategic business enabler

MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) has announced the launch of a new program aimed at showing the business value of MES/MOM (Manufacturing Execution System/Manufacturing Operations Management) solutions to company executives considering such investments.

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