Controls

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How packagers decide on machine controls

Research from PMMI shows that electronic controls are a growing part of packaging responsibility. Here's a look at their penetration, and who 'controls' them in the plant.
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Controls Product Brief
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Flexible coupling line

The Curved Jaw Type flexible coupling line from Lovejoy (Downers Grove, IL) can replace European-standard models, especially in power-transmission applications using foreign-made machinery.
Controls Product Brief
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Tie-rod cylinders

Midland Pneumatic's (Machesney Park, IL) ISO 6431 interchangeable tie rod cylinders are made with a combination of Acetal plastic and 316 stainless steel to resist corrosion.
Machine Product Brief
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Case sealer

The L-25 case sealer from TapeSolutions (Palatine, IL) has full length, self-centering side belts that automatically adjust to random package widths and a tape head that automatically adjusts to random package heights.
Machine Product Brief
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Control center

Developed for the Masterweigh line of Net Weigh Scales, the Data Center II is a new control cen- ter from Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN).
Controls Product Brief
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Brushless resolvers

Low profile Smartsyn brushless resolvers from Automation Control Technologies (Princeton, NJ) provide speed, rotation direction and position feedback of a shaft, or servo-control of a motor.
Controls Product Brief
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Distance-settable sensors

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced new distance-settable sensors that assure stable detection of objects and materials. Background immune, they're effective regardless of color or material pattern.
Controls Product Brief
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Label software

QuickStep(TM) is a new step-and-repeat software from Barco Graphics (Vandalia, OH). For packaging and label configurations, this icon-based interface has an object-oriented design to create an easy-to-learn program.
Machine Product Brief
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Auger filler

Model A-100 single head, semi-automatic auger filler from AMS Filling Systems (Malvern, PA) is suited for limited packaging runs of powders, granulates, creams, pastes or liquids.
Machine Product Brief
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Forklift printer mount

Designed for large warehouses, a high-performance powered forklift mount for the Renegade(TM) portable label printer has been introduced by Monarch Marking Systems (Dayton, OH).
Controls Product Brief
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Packet placer

The Model PPS-250 packet placing system with stepper motor control from George Gordon As-sociates (Nashua, NH) places a range of packet sizes at speeds to 250 cycles/ min.
Controls Product Brief
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Small photoelectric sensors

KA ultraminiature photoelectric sensors from Allen-Bradley (Milwaukee, WI) are as small as 7 x 9 x 20 mm and feature stability and output LED indicators and sensitivity adjustment.
Controls Product Brief
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Dual-heat shrink tunnel

K.O.E. (E. Norwalk, CT) has introduced a new shrink tunnel with two types of heat to achieve precise fit and placement of heat-shrinkable labels. The combination hot air tunnel first uses radiant and convection heat to gradually heat the labels.
Machine Product Brief
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Thermal transfer printer

The Barcode Blaster TT is a high-performance thermal transfer desktop printer from Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA). Prints complex graphics, text and bar codes, including two-dimensional PDF417 bar codes at up to 4"/sec, faster than any other printer of its size, says the company.
Controls Product Brief
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Production software

Computer Technology (Milford, OH) has upgraded its popular Interact software to include features that target the needs of users in the food, beverage, paper, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries even more closely.
Controls Product Brief
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Bus components

Balluff (Florence, KY) now offers all of the components necessary to build and maintain an Actuator-Sensor Interface (ASI) bus system, which allows simple connection of more than 100 packaging line components to a PC or PLC with minimal wiring.
Controls Product Brief
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Motion control capabilities

Litton Poly-Scientific (Blacksburg, VA) offers a full line of motion components including Clifton Precision® motors, resolvers and encoders, for designing a complete motion control system with a single vendor.
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Compact sensors

NaiS(TM) UZA photoelectric sensors from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) have a continuously-variable potentiometer for simple adjustments of light intensity.

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