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.
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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.
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Easy integration with Cognex vision systems

Traditional vision inspection systems often do not allow direct integration into the machine control system (PLC). However, some vision systems have inputs that allow the PLC to send a trigger and outputs for transmitting signals back to the PLC indicating whether the product has passed inspection.
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See what convergence can do for automated packaging machinery

What is convergence? For packaging machinery, it is the integration of advanced technologies into the control system, accessed through the operator interface.
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With a top speed rated at  140/min, this overwrapper uses servo motors  for six axes of motion.
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New controls package bring versatility, functionality, and low TCO

Like most OEMs, Package Machinery Co. looks for ways to reduce TCO for its customers. A switch to a new controls package brought significant progress.
The APC910 controller on this CLS Series inspection system can take data from 32 inspection stations with no need for a handshake among PLCs to aggregate the data.
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New controls package includes Intel’s latest processor

When data from as many as 32 machine vision inspection stations can all flow directly into a single controller, users get much clearer analytics.
CASE PACKING. After corrugated case blanks are erected and loaded automatically, cases proceed to a glue application station and
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Sliced cheese line is keyed by automation and accuracy

Among the highlights on this new line is a novel use of X-Ray scanning combined with powerful controls technology capable of processing data in milliseconds.
PRINT STATIONS. The print section shown here, which has five flexo stations and one gravure station, is identified as      in th
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Laminating line boasts better controls

Limitations inherent in a former controls architecture kept RG Engineering from building systems capable of anything more than 600 ft/min. New controls paved the way to 1,000.
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PAC brings glue application under central control

Tray packing machines are no different than all the other equipment in the packaging machinery universe. To be suitable for today’s marketplace, they must be flexible enough to offer fast and easy format changes.
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Automated multipacking

Primary packaging of Bifi snacks isn’t the only operation that has been upgraded through automation at Unilever’s Ansbach plant. Multipacking of unit packs into multipacks also took a step forward about a year ago when a Model CP5.14.14/S vertical form/fill/seal system from Hastamat (www.hastamat.com) was installed.
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Reducing Total Cost Of Ownership

By switching from a PLC-based controls architecture to a functionally integrated controller, Talon builds a simpler machine that costs less to build and to maintain.
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Survey sheds light on controls in packaging

Both those who build and those who buy packaging machinery talk with PW about a controls and integration study done for the Packaging Automation Forum.
Precise positioning of bags is a hallmark of the robotic top-loader (above). I/O system shown below has a compact design that sa
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Robotic case packer gains from integrated controls

Positioning information is sent from one servo drive to another along an Ethernet connection, and a single controller handles logic, motion, and HMI.
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Filler/capper cleans easily, changes quickly

Balcony construction makes system easy to clean, while controls package simplifies frequent size change.