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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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SICK, Inc: Photoelectric sensor catalog

The 369-page Photoelectric Sensor Catalog from SICK Optic-Electronic (Bloomington, MN) describes photoelectric through-beam, reflex, proximity, fiber optic, color, contrast and luminescence sensors, and distance measuring devices.
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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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Color sensor

The LC-104 color sensor from Sentex (Santa Clara, CA) permits rapid analysis of up to four color signatures. Offers three levels of sensitivity that can be adjusted according to the shades of colors to be read.
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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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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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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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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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