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AGV styles. One function of the Forked Straddle AGV is to bring pallet loads of in-process or finished goods from 29 packaging lines.
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Perrigo—propelled by AGVs and organizational readiness

Attention to detail, excellent use of controls and information technology, and a keen appreciation for ‘the people element’ are the foundation of this automation initiative.
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Aerotech integrated machine control: PLC, motion control, fieldbus, I/O and operator interface
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Aerotech integrated machine control: PLC, motion control, fieldbus, I/O and operator interface

Aerotech's A3200 MotionPAC is a software-based Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) that is completely integrated with Aerotech's A3200 motion controller to increase programming efficiency, decrease development time and to increase quality.
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The remote I/O module used by  Advanced Manufacturing Technology has eight ports,  and because each can handle dual I/O, it’s a 16-point module.
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Remote I/O modules optimize flow of data on air conveyor lines

With a 16-point remote I/O module located every 60 feet, these air conveying lines are distinguished by minimal wiring and smooth transfer of data from sensors to controller.
Controls Product Brief
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Moxa: High-bandwidth outdoor wireless solution

Moxa’s AWK-6232 Wireless AP/Bridge/Client allows outdoor networks to scale to higher bandwidth demand to provide faster transmission speeds and maximum network availability.
Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Signal conditioners

AutomationDirect’s expanded FC series of signal conditioners includes potentiometer and bipolar signal conditioners to solve various interface problems between PLCs and analog input devices.
The Automation Conference May 20-21 in Chicago celebrates the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S.
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Chicago conference to focus on how automation drives efficiency across industries

The Automation Conference this year celebrates the resurgence in manufacturing with two days of educational sessions covering industrial automation as a key driver of efficiency.
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.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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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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