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Machine Product Brief
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B&R Industrial Automation: What could you do with the most powerful industrial PC and a giant multi-touch tablet?

There’s nothing wrong with the same old operator interfaces, there’s just so much more productivity possible by ruggedizing the latest innovations in mainstream computing.
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PackML + PackSpec = packaging’s future

A joint meeting of the Organization for Machine Automation & Control’s PackML and PackSpec committees recently took place in Atlanta.
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No standing pat at Pack Expo or at Perrigo

Never ones to stand pat when it comes to the packaging shows they organize and produce, the folks at PMMI have cooked up something brand new for Pack Expo Las Vegas this year: the Center for Trends & Technology, or CTT.
Column/Opinion
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Quantifying the growth of industrial Ethernet-based automation components

It should come as no big surprise that Fieldbus protocols are losing ground as makers of industrial automation components increasingly offer Ethernet as standard on their devices.
Controls Product Brief
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Wago Corporation: Fieldbus coupler for harsh environments

Designed for harsh-environment motion control applications that may not have enclosures, Wago’s IP67 SPEEDWAY 767-1311 machine-mount Fieldbus Coupler links the fieldbus level to the Sercos V1.2 real-time Ethernet fieldbus system, supporting all Sercos cycle times, and integrating into a Sercos system via Standardized Sercos Profiles and Device Description (SDDML).
Helukabel—flexible Wires and Cables
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Helukabel—flexible Wires and Cables

Cables & wires (control and data cables, continuous flex cables, hook-up wires, VFD cables), data, network & bus technology (fiber optics, bus cables, industrial Ethernet cables), custom & specialty cables (special requirements, extreme environments, wind & solar power), robotic service systems (robotic cables, system analysis, installation).
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Column/Opinion
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Leveraging Big Data

If you believe Erik Brynjolfsson, “Big Data” is going to “replace ideas, paradigms, organizations, and ways about thinking about the world.”
Control wiring solution
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Control wiring solution

Eaton’s SmartWire-DT panel wiring solution is a control wiring solution that allows easier installation and commissioning of packaging machinery. It also opens up panel space in the control cabinet.
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff Automation: I/O technology enhances flexibility, performance

Beckhoff’s new EP1518 EtherCAT Box provides a greater variety of distributed I/O technology, integrating numerous functions such as 32 bit fast-pulse counters, digital inputs with sensor diagnostics and adjustable filter characteristics all into one compact I/O box.
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Industrial Ethernet learning opportunity

Few would argue that implementation of Industrial Ethernet is an important topic these days among controls and automation professionals in the manufacturing space, including packaging.

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