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Servo look. Servo technology, much of it represented in this control cabinet, simplifies machine building and installation.
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Servo technology--the source of Merlin's magic

A four-axis wrapping machine becomes easier to build, install, and troubleshoot now that mechanical components have been replaced by servo-based alternatives.
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Nestlé makes packaging a strategic priority

Profitably proud of its controls technology in process automation, Nestlé now sees bottom-line opportunities by paying more attention to packaging line efficiency.
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Five Critical Factors for Selecting Fieldbus Valve Manifolds

White paper from Numatics presents controls engineers, specifiers, and buyers with new insights into five crucial factors they must consider before selecting pneumatic fieldbus valve manifolds — commissioning, distribution, modularity, diagnostics, and recovery — while also outlining some shortcomings of conventional approaches.
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Kundinger Controls exclusive B&R partner in Michigan

In February 2011, B&R Industrial Automation appointed Kundinger Controls to their ranks of partners in North America.
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Packaging growth escalates in China

China Med and ProPak China events, recent studies point to continued growth in packaging in China, and not just for exports.
ZERO LOSS. Deli Star ships most products in bulk bins, where pouches on the bottom of the containers must stand up to the weight
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Bulk-liquid packaging system serves up savings for Deli Star

Leading provider of protein salads, cooked meats, and sauces doubles productivity, improves versatility, and reduces packaging failure with new bulk-liquid packaging system.
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OMAC shows signs of life

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) held its annual meeting in conjunction with the annual ARC Manufacturing Forum in Orlando Feb. 7–10. The organization has seen some major accomplishments during its 14-year life, but recently, it has struggled with ownership and mission.
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Nestlé to describe how it wants packaging machines programmed

If optimizing manufacturing operations is anywhere on your list of things to do, be sure to attend the sixth Packaging Automation Forum April 26 in Chicago.
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PMMI strengthens relationship with OMAC

PMMI has announced that it will provide staff support to further the mission of OMAC, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control.
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Getting personal

The commercial printing industry has a technology that could migrate to packaging and have a sizable impact. It’s called personalization, and it rests on a three-legged stool of variable printing, affinity marketing, and automated route sequencing.

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