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You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.
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MWV's Lee Miller describes the Shellpak Renew system at The Automation Forum 2014.

Adherence pack 2.0 now reaching Walmart stores

As baby boomers continue to age and adherence packaging becomes more important than ever, one clever company built a 134-axis servo-driven system to crank out lots and lots of blister-style adherence packs.
Bush Brothers' Anthony Peterson talks data acquisition benefits.

Manufacturing performance software brings big gains

What happens when a fifth-generation family-owned business goes shopping for real-time manufacturing performance software?
Representatives from two breweries at The Automation Conference 2014.

Brewers wrestle with data acquisition

Brewers who are looking at various automation solutions, including automated data acquisition software, to help them cope with rapid growth should keep one thing in mind: Keep operations data in its own network and have it report out to an enterprise network. Otherwise, bandwidth issues could surface, and plant floor operations could be negatively affected.
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New preform system delivers speed, performance and energy efficiency

Athena Automation and Sipa utilize efficient servo technology including POWERLINK and openSAFETY to make the XFORM 150 machine system fast, flexible and energy efficient.
Significant Debut. This continuous-motion VF/F/S machine is the OEM’s most significant new-product development in recent memory.
Controls Case Study

PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Getting its new vf/f/s system ready in time for Pack Expo Las Vegas was a challenge, but Matrix managed just fine. A bit of strategic retooling included One Cable Technology and EtherCAT.
Brains Brewery upgraded of its yeast-handling control process to a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix system and Ethernet connectivity. Source: Prosoft Technology
OEM Application Note

Brewery gains flexibility, reduces downtime with gateway

Remote I/O-to-Ethernet gateway enables easy replacement of 27-year-old PLCs for a Wales brewery upgrading its yeast-handling control process.
 Motorized roller-conveyors feature greater control and connectivity
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Motorized roller-conveyors feature greater control and connectivity

Live from MODEX 2014: Watch this video to find out how Interroll's EC-310 24v DC motorized roller-conveyors take control and connectivity to the next level, from single-zone, zero-pressure accumulation logic to protocols that can help builders simplify connectivity with communication protocols including Ethernet, PROFIBUS, PRIFONET and AS-i bus.
Controls Product Brief

Festo: Communication node for EtherNet/IP

The new CPX-FB36 node for EtherNet/IP communications from Festo is suitable for production and process automation environments requiring diagnostics from the operational and master controller level on down to the field level.
Medical pouches. This sophisticated medical combination pouch system turns flat roll stock into a range of bags and pouches used in the healthcare industry.
OEM Application Note

Recipe for success

Using the latest drive and control components, CMD Corp. built a PDI Medical Combination Pouch System with rapid data management and unparalleled precision.


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