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Banner Engineering: Safety controller provides flexible programming capabilities

Banner Engineering introduces the SC26-2 Programmable Safety Controller for PLC-level capability and control without the programming complexity and steep learning curve of traditional PLCs.
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AmeriPak upgrades software to sync with CPG brands

AmeriPak has adopted production management software from Toronto-based Nulogy.
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Red Lion Controls: PID controllers

Compact design and universal input options provide PID control for a wide range temperature and process signals.
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AutomationDirect: C-more touch screen interface panels

AutomationDirect adds the EA9 series operator touch panels to the C-more line.
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Siemens: Decentralized servo drive

Expanding on its popular Sinamics S120 multi-axis drive system, Siemens introduces the new Sinamics S120M.
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Beckhoff: Multi-touch panel PCs

Delivering multi-touch functionality and automation capability with an ARM Cortex A8 processor, the compact, fanless CP26xx series of Panel PCs from Beckhoff Automation is suitable for use in PLC and motion control of small to medium-sized machines.
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Rockwell Automation: Programmable logic controller

Extended Micro800 PLC family now offers more features and options to allow machine builders the scalability required for more cost-effective machine control.
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Bell-Everman: Sealed linear stages for harsh operating environments

A new line of ballscrew- and linear-motor-driven sealed motion stages has been developed by Bell-Everman, Inc.
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Compact drives. One thing Top Tier engineers and machine  designers like about the servo drives is that they neatly fit in a relatively small controls cabinet.
OEM Application Note
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Hybrid servo system brings positioning accuracy to palletizing

The L7 palletizer has standard AC motors and a machine control code accessed on a familiar PLC interface. But servo drives in place of VFDs bring big benefits.
Significant Debut. This continuous-motion VF/F/S machine is the OEM’s most significant new-product development in recent memory.
Controls Case Study
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PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Getting its new vf/f/s system ready in time for Pack Expo Las Vegas was a challenge, but Matrix managed just fine. A bit of strategic retooling included One Cable Technology and EtherCAT.
Brains Brewery upgraded of its yeast-handling control process to a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix system and Ethernet connectivity. Source: Prosoft Technology
OEM Application Note
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Brewery gains flexibility, reduces downtime with gateway

Remote I/O-to-Ethernet gateway enables easy replacement of 27-year-old PLCs for a Wales brewery upgrading its yeast-handling control process.
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Lenze: Gearbox transforms motor speed into torque

Designed for mechatronic integration with the Lenze Smart Motor, the Lenze g500 gearbox range transforms motor speed into torque as intelligently and accurately as possible.
Supplier News
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Heavy Duty HEPA Vacuum For 110 Gallon Drums

EXAIR’s new 110 Gallon Heavy Duty HEPA Vac is a powerful, HEPA quality, industrial vacuum cleaner. The higher capacity drum means that fewer drum changes will be required during clean-up. The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac is designed to move more material with less wear. It has been engineered to filter contaminants to HEPA requirements in dusty environments requiring frequent cleaning.
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 Motorized roller-conveyors feature greater control and connectivity
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Motorized roller-conveyors feature greater control and connectivity

Live from MODEX 2014: Watch this video to find out how Interroll's EC-310 24v DC motorized roller-conveyors take control and connectivity to the next level, from single-zone, zero-pressure accumulation logic to protocols that can help builders simplify connectivity with communication protocols including Ethernet, PROFIBUS, PRIFONET and AS-i bus.
Sensors enable clear object detection. Source: Banner
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CPG manufacturers benefit from sensor technology advances

One trend in packaging machine design is to move from tool-less changeovers to automated changeovers, reducing the complexity and downtime related to product variation. Sensors of various types enable the automation.
Banner's IVu  is a vision sensor that can identify mislabeling.
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Sensor trends affecting packaging automation

Non-rigid packaging handling, quality control and trace-and-trace applications are being improved by advances in sensor technology. Here’s how.
Controls Product Brief
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WAGO: Expanded line of signal conditioners and relays

WAGO expanded its JUMPFLEX® line of signal conditioners and relays to include a loop-powered signal conditioner offering conversion, isolation and transmission of a variety of signal types.
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Controls Product Brief
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Festo: Heavy-duty electric cylinder

Suitable for dynamic, high-feed-force applications, such as clamping, pressing, cable tensioning, and large component feeding, the ESBF cylinder from Festo is capable of generating almost two tons (17,000 N) of feed force, making it possible to use in place of a hydraulic cylinder.

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