German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Beckhoff booth at Hanover Messe.
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Germany's Angela Merkel visits Hannover Messe

Monday, April 7, was the day of German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel's traditional opening-day tour of Hannover Messe.
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Beckhoff promotes Aurelio Banda to VP of Sales and Marketing

Beckhoff Automation LLC has promoted Aurelio Banda to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, taking on this new role at the Beckhoff North American headquarters in Savage, MN (Minneapolis area).
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Beckhoff Automation expands US Systems Engineering Group with 2 new engineers

In order to better serve rapidly increasing requests for on-site engineering support, Beckhoff Automation LLC has added two experienced engineers to the company’s Systems Engineering Group.
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Decentralized motion, driven by intelligence

Power conversion and control/communication issues drive the choice for distributed motion control. But is this popular approach right for all machine builders and every application?
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Beckhoff shows off new North American home

Beckhoff's new Minnesota building is the first owned by the company outside Germany, and has been designed much like a machine, with 15 different zones: lighting, heating/cooling, ventilation and window facades are all automated through Beckhoff’s PC-based control.
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Beckhoff opens new North American headquarters office, warehouse

After several years of rapidly growing sales and market share in North America, global automation technology supplier Beckhoff Automation LLC has relocated to Savage, MN, where the company has constructed a modern business complex with over 44,500 sq. ft. in combined office and warehouse space.
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Beckhoff Automation Opens New North American Headquarters Office

After several years of rapidly growing sales and market share in North America, Beckhoff Automation LLC has relocated to Savage, Minn. where the company has constructed a modern business complex with over 44,500 square feet in combined office and warehouse space.
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Beckhoff promotes Aurelio Banda to Central Region Manager

Beckhoff Automation LLC has announced that Aurelio Banda has been promoted to the position of Central Region Manager, and will manage the Beckhoff Central Region direct sales team as it delivers advanced automation and controls solutions to machine builders and manufacturers.
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PC-based automation enhances food processing machines

Machinery can be managed, monitored and controlled with greater ease, development time is down and end users are happy.
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A new approach to conveyors

Different products can be conveyed on a single line and moved in different directions, while an operator has complete control over the speed and direction of movement of the conveyed food products by implementing control commands virtually in real-time.
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How safety technology improvements increase productivity

Safety on the plant floor is its own justification. Increasingly, however, as automation technologies converge, new approaches to packaging machine safety are also helping facilitate the creation of more efficient—and more profitable—production systems.
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What about integrated safety networks?

Just as functional safety was once a controversial concept, so too has been the notion of placing safety communications on the same network that handled control and motion.
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Beckhoff Automation establishes new subsidiary in New Zealand

Beckhoff Automation has strengthened its commitment in the Asia-Pacific region with the establishment of a new subsidiary in Albany, the new technology center of Auckland, New Zealand.
Servo look. Servo technology, much of it represented in this control cabinet, simplifies machine building and installation.
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Servo technology--the source of Merlin's magic

A four-axis wrapping machine becomes easier to build, install, and troubleshoot now that mechanical components have been replaced by servo-based alternatives.
M. Jacob & Sons, a family-owned packaging company, celebrated 125 years in business.
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Beckhoff in joint venture to develop servo motors

The German-based supplier is linking up with Elau founder Erwin Fertig as part of a push to expand its Motion division.
TRAY LABELING. Freshly erected paperboard trays move through this thermal-transfer labeler, which prints variable information su
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It's all about precision and timing

Six-cavity thermoformed cassettes used for clinical blood testing require careful handling during packaging. This controls solution delivers.
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Breaching Boundaries

The folks pushing OMAC and OPC-UA are ready to shift the focus of packaging automation from devices to data.
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Industry watch

CompaniesFlexLink Systems, Inc. opened an engineering office in Appleton, WI, following the creation of a global business unit to focus on the paper converting industry.
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Beckhoff Automation establishes subsidiary in Brazil

Beckhoff Automation opened a subsidiary in Brazil. Together with its distribution partners in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, Beckhoff now represents four countries in South America.
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Industry Watch

Companies:Siko Products, Inc. announced that all Siko product lines would meet the European Union directive RoHS 2002/95/EG as of July 1.
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Andrew MacLeod was appointed divisional vice president of sales and marketing for SCA Packaging North America.
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Companies

Schneider Electric’s Industrial Automation Controls Group created an Applications Solutions Department to develop customized solutions that meet and exceed the requirements of equipment manufacturers and their customers.
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Sandra Luciano was named director of marketing for Sharp Corp.
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Beckhoff opens two new regional offices

Beckhoff Automation announced the opening of two new regional offices in Duluth, GA, and Bellevue, WA.
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John Carlson was appointed director of engineering for MGS Machine Corp.
A single PC controls all 36 axes of motion in the side-seam gluer/cartoner/case packer/palletizer system.
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PC/servo bag-in-box solution

This 36-axis bag-in-box system occupies minimal floor space, installs easily, and is controlled by a single PC.
Diagram shows the complete controls system overview.
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Automation software makes real-time adjustments

With an industrial PC operating as its main controller, this blister-pack machine recalculates cam tables with each cycle.
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High-precision bus terminal

The KL3356 analog input bus terminal provides a measurement accuracy of 0.01% for direct connection of resistor bridges, strain gauge sensors, and all common input signals.
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Beckhoff Automation appointed Skip Hansen product manager of I/O Systems.
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Sun Chemical Corp.
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Companies

Exopack (Spartanburg, SC) acquired the remaining operating assets of Plassein Intl.
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Better machines through integrated controls

PLCs and motion controllers are no longer needed in Delta Systems’ flow wrappers since an integrated controls system has become the standard.
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Adhesives Research, Inc.
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Beckhoff appoints Harris president

Beckhoff has appointed Graham Harris as president of Beckhoff Automation LLC.