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Dairy processing. Source: Rockwell Automation
Column/Opinion
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Is the U.S. dairy industry ready for better process control?

More tightly controlled automation systems can help dairy processors turn waste into resources and make the most of export opportunities. Is the slow-to-change dairy industry ready to invest in new technology?
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Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Expanded line of pneumatics air preparation components

AutomationDirect’s NITRA line of pneumatics products has been extended to include more models of air preparation components (FRL), soft-start/dump valves, and distribution blocks.
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Column/Opinion
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PackML gaining traction

One thing I found especially encouraging at Pack Expo Las Vegas this time around is the number of times I heard or saw evidence to suggest that OMAC PackML is gaining some traction.
Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Signal conditioners

AutomationDirect’s expanded FC series of signal conditioners includes potentiometer and bipolar signal conditioners to solve various interface problems between PLCs and analog input devices.
Controls Product Brief
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Unitronics: Flat fascia HMI with key pad

Unitronics introduces the newest members of their Vision130™ PLC+HMI family- flat fascia Vision130™ units. The new flat fascia makes these models a perfect fit for the food & pharmaceutical industries.
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Yaskawa: Medium voltage AC drive

The MV1000 medium voltage AC drive family from the Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America combines compact modular design, high efficiency, low harmonics, and MTBF into a medium voltage drive solution that is compatible with Yaskawa’s 1000 series low voltage AC drive products.
Controls Product Brief
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ABB: Abbreviated switchgear

Developed to house Emax circuit breakers, the UR 1558 abbreviated switchgear offers the electrical community the flexibility and reliability required for the most demanding manufacturing environments.
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Controls Product Brief
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Clippard: High-flow poppet valves

Featuring a bubble tight design, Clippard’s GV-GTV Series High Flow Poppet Valves provide high flow rates of 38 scfm @ 50 psig, 67 scfm @ 100 psig, and now include cartridge styles.
Eaton at Pack Expo
News
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'Lean' automation architecture will change how OEMs serve packagers

Eaton representative sees the 'integrated HMI and PLC' a continuing trend; streamlined I/O and greater connectivity are on the rise.
Feature Article
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Benefits of PackML and when to use it on your line

What is PackML?
The Automation Conference May 20-21 in Chicago celebrates the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S.
News
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Chicago conference to focus on how automation drives efficiency across industries

The Automation Conference this year celebrates the resurgence in manufacturing with two days of educational sessions covering industrial automation as a key driver of efficiency.
Controls Product Brief
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ABB JOKAB SAFETY: Light curtains and light grids

Single curtain or grid model works for all applications, eliminating the need to stock multiple versions for varying machine safety requirements.
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Column/Opinion
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Bush Brothers likes automated tracking of downtime

Bush Brothers and Co. is a family-owned company best known for its baked beans. But the Knoxville, TN-based firm also serves up some pretty sophisticated data acquisition and downtime tracking technology since implementing a Parsec software application called TrakSYS.
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Scalable safety integration for small applications

SafeLOGIC-X, a virtual safety solution from B&R, is now available for small, cost-sensitive applications and provides safe I/O and drive technology to integrated diagnostics, safe line integration, and safe machine options.
Controls Product Brief
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ABB: Power protection devices

ABB’s Power Conversion business has released the PCS100 UPS-I and PCS100 AVC power protection devices to the North American market.
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Dual-robot control offers a seamless PLC and robot integration
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Dual-robot control offers a seamless PLC and robot integration

Dual-robot control with MLX100 Robot Gateway from Yaskawa Motoman enables controlling and programming Motoman robots entirely within the ControlLogix platform, eliminating the need for an additional controller or language. With MLX100, robots are programmed through the same PLC ladder logic code that is widely used for controlling equipment such as filling machines, packaging machines and conveyors.
Controls Product Brief
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TURCK: Inductive angle sensors

Sensors provide accurate valve monitoring on rotary actuators.
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Supplier News
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New Powerful Stainless Steel Flat Air Nozzle Saves Space, Saves Money and Resists Corrosion

EXAIR's new 1" Stainless Steel Flat Super Air Nozzle™ produces a flat 1" (25mm) wide airstream with a strong blowing force of 9.8 ounces (278g) when mounted 12" (305mm) from the target.
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