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OEE: A Controversial Figure

This performance metric takes center stage as a growing number of users turn to it both to boost the efficiency of their equipment and to compare the performance of machines and production lines. But is this increasingly popular metric really this versatile?
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OEE facts

OEE is a measure of the utilization of an asset’s productive capacity in terms of three factors—availability, performance (throughput), and quality—expressed as percentages of their ideal values.
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OEE numbers 
shine a light on packaging machine performance

OEE helps a plant wring more production 
out of existing equipment without the need to invest in new machines or personnel. So why are many users not getting full value 
from their OEE investment?
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Time for the big show – PACK EXPO Chicago

Get the big picture – whether in your home theater or your packaging lines
Controls Product Brief

AutomationDirect: Field wireable connectors and T-couplers

AutomationDirect’s field-wireable M8 and M12 connectors and T-couplers (T-splitters) are suitable for making patch cables in custom lengths from existing cables or bulk wire.
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How safety technology improvements increase productivity

Safety on the plant floor is its own justification. Increasingly, however, as automation technologies converge, new approaches to packaging machine safety are also helping facilitate the creation of more efficient—and more profitable—production systems.
Controls Product Brief

Fieldbus Foundation: Updated fieldbus infrastructure

Designed for coupler manufacturers to perform a standard set of tests against their implementation, the Fieldbus Foundation’s latest updates to its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus physical layer technology include the H1 (31.25 kbit/s) device coupler test specification, which helps improve the reliability and availability of fieldbus control system installations, as well as optimize device interoperability and integration.
Controls Product Brief

Pepperl + Fuchs: AS-Interface safety module

Applying a strict “less is better” design philosophy, Pepperl+Fuchs’ G10 safety modules reduce the complexity and cost of any safety installation, and supports high modularity, enabling OEMs to transform any conventional safety device into an AS-Interface networking solution, further reducing inventory requirements and simplifying machine designs.

What about integrated safety networks?

Just as functional safety was once a controversial concept, so too has been the notion of placing safety communications on the same network that handled control and motion.
Controls Product Brief

Mitsubishi Electric Automation: Ethernet communications adapter for PLCs

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Ethernet adapter for its FX3 Series PLCs, the new FX3U-ENET-ADP, can be a cost-efficient alternative to micro PLCs to connect equipment such as PLCs, HMIs, and personal computers, and has a built-in data monitoring tool so users can view real-time status and current data values of their equipment.


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