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Festo: Redesigned actuator control valves

Festo’s VFOF, VBNF, and VBQF multi-functional pneumatic control valve series have been redesigned to create multi-functional units that are said to be less expensive to purchase than comparable solutions, more than 50% smaller in terms of height, save energy, and are easier and faster to install, troubleshoot, and maintain.
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Beckhoff: Automation interface increases software engineering quality

Designed to reduce errors, programming time, and costs associated with manual processing of control projects, Beckhoff Automation’s new TwinCAT 3 Automation Interface automation software enables remote control of TwinCAT engineering systems and the automatic generation of programs and configurations.
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NK Technologies: Power monitor

Able to track power usage for a single piece of equipment, or an entire facility.
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Longer Super Air Knives Cover Wide Spans

EXAIR has expanded Long Super Air Knives to include a maximum length of 108″ (2743mm) and is now manufacturing all knives 60″ (1524mm) and longer in one piece construction. New one piece construction ensures seamless airflow and eliminates coupling multiple short length air knives together. One piece construction decreases overall height by ½″ making it better for tight spaces.
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AutomationDirect: Ultrasonic proximity sensors

AutomationDirect’s new UK6 series 18mm ultrasonic sensors are now available with shorter bodies for easier mounting in tight spaces.
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Pepperl+Fuchs: Linear inductive sensors

Providing an alternative for standard cylindrical analog sensors, Pepperl+Fuchs’ PMI40-F90-U-V15 and PMI40-F90-I-V15 linear inductive sensors offer a 40 mm distance measurement suitable for vertical valve measurements and help deliver enhanced linear range, linearity, and accuracy.
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B&R: Servo drives provide repetitive control

By using predictive following error compensation, B&R’s ACOPOS line of servo drives now provide repetitive control to improve the accuracy of production processes with stationary disturbances: the performance of the machine or system is considerably increased simply by installing a firmware update.
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Aerotech: Ball-screw stage with linear encoder

A compact, high-performance linear positioning stage, Aerotech’s MPS75SLE features exceptionally smooth travel combined with outstanding accuracy, repeatability and positioning resolution capability to 25 nm.
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Jetter AG: Servomotors

The new JHN motors are noted for their space-saving design and dimensions as well as high torque, and are therefore especially suited for use in extremely compact machines.
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Successful suction.  The programmable dense-cup-population tooling uses a total of 128 vacuum cups to pick freshly baked buns and other products from primary packaging lines to bread trays
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Vacuum tooling reduces changeover time

The system was so successful at boosting speed on an end-of-line packaging solution for bread products that the OEM applied for and received a patent.
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Your line is watching you

You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.
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Balluff: Miniature metal inductive sensor

Designed for harsh environments and extreme applications, Balluff’s BES R04 block sensor is a small, low-profile metal-housed inductive sensor that also features a ceramic sensing face making it suitable for applications with weld spatter, metal debris, and vibration.
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WAGO: 24V DC power supplies

EPSITRON® ECO power supplies are the industry’s first economically priced 24V DC power supplies with all three Ex approvals (UL Class 1, Div.2, ATEX and IECEx).
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NK Technologies: AC current transducer/switch

The ATS Series AC Current Sensors combine a current operated switch and transducer in a single package.
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ABB Robotics: Robotic picking-and packaging software

The new software improves the performance of robotic picking lines by identifying potential risks and optimizing cell designs with accurate 3D simulations.
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WAGO: Module

The 750-439 NAMUR Ex i Module provides a flexible and effective solution for intrinsically safe digital applications.
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MWV's Lee Miller describes the Shellpak Renew system at The Automation Forum 2014.
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Adherence pack 2.0 now reaching Walmart stores

As baby boomers continue to age and adherence packaging becomes more important than ever, one clever company built a 134-axis servo-driven system to crank out lots and lots of blister-style adherence packs.
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Portescap: Brush DC motors

Designed to excel in uneven loading environments.
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