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Leuze electronic, Inc: Multi-purpose sensor

Leuze Lumiflex (Rock-away, NJ) introduces the newly redesigned 97 sensor series. Available in through-beam, retro-reflective and diffuse reflective with adjustable background suppression models.
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Banner Engineering Corp.: Photoelectric sensor

Banner's (Minneapolis, MN) Blue Light Mini-Beam® photoelectric sensor is now available with a 475-mm visible blue light source to work in either a convergent beam or fiber-optic mode.
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Electro Cam Corporation: PLCs vs. PLSs

A new eight-page white paper from Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) describes how PLCs and programmable limit switches (PLSs) differ. Describes how PLCs are designed for low-speed processes such as receiving input signals from sensors and limit switches and sending output signals to actuators, solenoid valves, motors and pneumatic cylinders.
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Balluff: Fiber-optic sensor

Balluff's (Florence, KY) BOS 20K fiber-optic sensor uses teach-in capability to eliminate adjustment hassles and offer accurate sensor set-up. The versatile sensor has a compact 60 x 30 x 13 mm housing and is suitable for small parts detection, part feature checks, counting, and part positioning.
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Automated Packaging Systems: Automatic bagger

The H-100 E automatic bagger from Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) offers an anti-jam mechanism that implements sensors to stop the machine if a part is detected in the seal path of the unit.
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Proximity sensor

Designed for packaging line and machine applications, the new Model SM600 Flat-profile Series ultrasonic proximity sensors from Hyde Park (Dayton, OH) detect objects as small as 0.06" at a distance of 1.5" at speeds of 2ꯠ/min.
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High-speed simulation

A white paper from Systems Modeling Corp. (Sewickley, PA) introduces simulation and discusses how it can help solve common packaging line integration problems.
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Efector, Inc: Bus-based components

efector Inc. (Exton, PA) has released a new family of master controller modules, slave modules, power suppliers, cables, software and accessories that will allow supplier's sensors and switches to be connected on a simple, two-wire bus system.
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Long-range proximity sensor

The 50-mm Range Unshielded FlatPak proximity sensor from Namco (Highland Heights, OH) has a 50-mm range so it can sense large metal objects that can not be precisely positioned.
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Networked valves

Parker Hannifin, Pneumatic Div.'s (Richland, MI) Serial Addressable Manifold (SAM) Generation 3.0 is a communications module that allows valves, sensors and other devices on a packaging machine to communicate on a device-level network.

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