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Laser contrast sensor with fixed background suppression
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Banner Engineering: Laser contrast sensor with fixed background suppression

Banner Engineering announces that its Q3X laser contrast sensor is now available with contrast detection and fixed background suppression.
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Electric cylinder
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SMAC: Electric cylinder

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators, Inc. has introduced built-in controllers that can be equipped with any SMAC CB and LCA actuator for 5- and 1-micron applications; the CBL35C electric cylinder is the first in the series with a built-in controller, offering the advantages of virtually no noise, longer life and no air contamination.
SI Series Safety Limit Switches
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Banner Engineering: Safety limit switches

Banner Engineering introduces its SI Series Safety Limit Switches designed to effectively monitor the position of a wide variety of guards, gates, covers and other moveable machine fixtures and tooling.
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Diagnostic audits for determining container degradation
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Gebo Cermex: Diagnostic audits for determining container degradation

Gebo Cermex has added two new options to its range of audits—the “shocks” audit and the “pressure” audit—that will soon be incorporated into its overall EIT (Efficiency Improvement Tool) to detect, locate, and measure the critical points on the packaging line.
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Duravant acquires established manufacturer Hamer

Hamer’s assets expand Duravant’s reach in high quality specialty automated packaging equipment and systems.
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Driven sideways by Big Data

In previous columns we’ve discussed how Big Data, by tightly connecting sales, customers, and production as never before, is poised to radically change the landscape not only of manufacturing but of how we package products, as well.
Ring Gear Inside with Pinion Low Angle
OEM Application Note
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Ring slide components deliver precise motion

This builder of tablet counting systems needed precise control of bottle infeed for a 200 bottles/minute system going to a maker of substitute narcotic tablets.
Supplier News
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HepcoAutomation and KUKA partner up

HepcoAutomation’s partnership agreement expands KUKA robot activities in general automation.
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ABB brings robotics manufacturing to U.S.

The start of local robot manufacturing in Michigan cements ABB's commitment to North American customers.
Controller upgrades for injection molding machines
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Beckhoff: Controller upgrades for injection molding machines

Beckhoff Automation has announced the XMold and eMold controllers, integrated solutions to enhance automation in injection molding machines; leveraging high-end PC- and EtherCAT-based control technology, the XMold system is intended for the most complex injection molding machinery in the industry, while eMold is designed to suit cost-sensitive applications as an efficient yet powerful solution.
GWconnect Heavy Duty Connectors
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Molex: Heavy duty connector

Molex Inc. announces the expansion of its Heavy Duty Connectors following the recent acquisition of the GWconnect® product range from Italian industrial connector manufacturer Westec Srl.
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Hydrovane rotary vane compressor
Machine Product Brief
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Gardner Denver: Hydrovane rotary vane compressors

Gardner Denver introduces the hydrovane rotary vane HR compressor series.
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 Constructive Disruption: A Vision of Smart Manufacturing
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Constructive disruption: a vision of smart manufacturing

Jim Wetzel, director of global reliability at General Mills and Chair of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, asked attendees at The Automation Conference an important question: “Are You Ready?”
Soley
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Getting industry to an internet frame of mind

Though we take for granted how much of an impact the Internet has had on our personal lives, the same thinking is not often true when it comes to industry. At The Automation Conference in Chicago, Richard Soley explained what the Industrial Internet Consortium is doing about that.
Dewey Scott of Scott Farms describes how automation and unique serialization have benefited his company.
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Unique serialization comes to fresh produce

Proudly representing the food industry at The Automation Forum, and the produce industry in particular, was Dewey R. Scott, Operations Manager at North Carolina sweet potato packer Scott Farms.
PRINT JOB. A Hypertherm employee initiates a print job through barcode scanning.
Feature Article
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Hypertherm cuts costs with enterprise labeling

U.S. manufacturer saves $1.5 to $5 million by implementing a browser-based labeling system that improves production uptime.
3-way electronic valves
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Clippard: 3-way electronic valves

The Minimatic DV-3 line of electronic valves are precision-built 3-way control valves, utilizing a patented valving principle, flows to 70 liters/min., and designed to be suitable for many applications across diverse industries.
Contrinex YCA 50-series safety light curtain
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AutomationDirect: Access control barriers and accessories

The Contrinex YCA 50-series safety light curtains are active optoelectronic protective devices designed for protection and safety when machine design and process are inadequate and open access might be required during operation.
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