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Ethernet protocol and peripheral voltage in one cable
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Beckhoff: Ethernet protocol and peripheral voltage in one cable

With the newly introduced EtherCAT P technology, Beckhoff unites EtherCAT communication and power functions in a standard, 4-wire Ethernet cable: One Cable Automation technology integrates the 24 V DC supply of the EtherCAT P slaves with the signals and data from connected sensors and actuators.
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Laser-ablated code.
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PCI sees ‘tremendous activity’ in pharmaceutical serialization

Contract packager PCI's serialization investment expected to deliver strong ROI and help its global pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical customers.
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Kollmorgen: Stepper Motors

PMX stepper motors offer a broader range of frame sizes.
SureMotion drive couplings
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AutomationDirect: Drive couplings

AutomationDirect’s new SureMotion drive couplings are available in four styles: jaw/spider, double loop, Oldham, and beam-style servo; bore reducers are also offered to fit a coupling when the exact bore is not available.
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Linear solution encoder
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Encoder Products: Linear solution encoder

The TR2 Tru-Trac tracks velocity, position, or distance in almost any application and features an integrated encoder with a rack-and-pinion gear assembly.
Lower-resolution analog modules
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AutomationDirect: Lower-resolution analog modules

AutomationDirect’s Productivity2000 programmable controller line now includes 12 and 13-bit resolution current and voltage analog input and output modules for cost-conscious applications.
Base unit for configurable control systems
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Pilz: Base unit for configurable control systems

Pilz adds its new base unit PNOZ m B1 to the range of configurable control systems PNOZmulti 2, in order to not only offer higher performance for machines with a larger function range, i.e. for larger projects, but also to provide a connection to all common fieldbus systems via the corresponding expansion modules.
Uhlmann Packaging Systems: Blister/Cartoning Module
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Uhlmann Packaging Systems: Blister/Cartoning Module

Latest in Blister Express Center range produces up to 700 blisters/min and 500 cartons/min.
Eriez: Vertical Drop Metal Detectors
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Eriez: Vertical Drop Metal Detectors

Xtreme detectors achieve high sensitivity in gravity free-fall applications.
AC power modules
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Siemens: AC power modules

PM240-2 power modules are now available from Siemens, extending the use of the Sinamics G120 drives family; a significant change is the addition of 230V single- and three-phase line supply units featuring quick-connect pull-off terminals on the motor, line supply, and braking resistor connections; allowing unit to offer an even more simplified installation and maintenance.
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Packaging line integration—how should it be approached?

Like anything else in manufacturing, there are several ways to skin the cat when it comes to packaging line integration. Our exclusive survey sheds light on this important topic.
The programmability of the moving coil electric actuator (shown) makes it the perfect sensing device in the Pressure Leak Detect
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Moving coil actuator key to inspection system

Designed for the online inspection of PET containers filled with carbonated beverages, the Pressure Leak Detector utilizes a unique breed of electric actuator.
Streamlining integration.with Pack ML
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Streamlining Integration with Pack ML

Lack of standardization in packaging lines—and manufacturing as a whole—results in time-consuming and expensive integration processes during line upgrades. More integrated manufacturing systems using PackML are benefitting not only end users, but OEMs, integrators and technology providers.
A TLM F2 robot erects flat case blanks and places them onto the Transmodul.
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Natures Organics’ compact packaging meets retailer needs

Case packing and palletizing line with robotics and Transmodul transport conveyor system reduces footprint, increases output, and meets shelf-ready retailer needs.
Balluff: Photoelectric Sensors
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Balluff: Photoelectric Sensors

R01E photoelectric flatpack sensors are built for harsh and washdown environments.
Assimilation of robotics into machine control
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COMAU and B&R: Assimilation of robotics into machine control

With the introduction of openROBOTICS, partners COMAU and B&R are collaborating on robotics integration for machinery and production lines; the solution is based on a full lineup of COMAU robots that handle payloads ranging from 3 to 650 kilograms.
Progea’s Movicon SCADA system.
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Medical Devices Enter the Information Age

Despite increasing competitive and regulatory pressures, medical device manufacturers have an opportunity to seize a significantly growing market. Streamlining operations through automation will be key.
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Lenze receives Rockwell Automation 2015 Quality Award

The prestigious award for Factored Products acknowledges the strength of the company’s relationship with Rockwell.

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