Indramat's (Hoffman Estates, IL) new Sercos fiber-optic interface version of the Ecodrive digital servo drive economically integrates motion control functions, amplifier, power supply and axis I/O functions in a single unit.
R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) has redesigned its (IMS) Intermittent-Motion Servo-Driven cartoner for cartoning multiple-product units. It can load a variety of products into display or point-of-purchase cartons, or shippers or overpack cartons at speeds to 100 cartons/min.
By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.