Current issue: February 2016

Family of industrial PCs
Controls Product Brief
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Aerotech: Family of industrial PCs

All Automation Motion Server products are shipped with a fully tested and verified installation of Aerotech’s A3200 motion controller operating in a 64-bit Windows operating system.
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AC power modules
Controls Product Brief
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Siemens: AC power modules

PM240-2 power modules are now available from Siemens, extending the use of the Sinamics G120 drives family; a significant change is the addition of 230V single- and three-phase line supply units featuring quick-connect pull-off terminals on the motor, line supply, and braking resistor connections; allowing unit to offer an even more simplified installation and maintenance.
HMI system
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff Automation: HMI system

The newly announced TwinCAT HMI system from Beckhoff Automation leverages IT standards such as Microsoft Visual Studio for the engineering, HTML5 for the design, and Websockets and HTTPS for secure communication.
Lower-resolution analog modules
Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Lower-resolution analog modules

AutomationDirect’s Productivity2000 programmable controller line now includes 12 and 13-bit resolution current and voltage analog input and output modules for cost-conscious applications.
Machine vision software
Controls Product Brief
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Matrox: Machine vision software

Matrox Imaging has announced that its Design Assistant machine vision software now supports DENSO’s binary control access protocol (b-CAP) robot interface; it can be used to implement vision-based guidance of DENSO robots without the need to directly program a DENSO robot controller.
Stepper motor with electromagnetic brake
Controls Product Brief
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Oriental Motor: Stepper motor with electromagnetic brake

Oriental Motor introduces the PKP Series 2-Phase stepper motor, now preassembled with an electromagnetic brake.
Packaging Supervisor Matthew Gackstetter observes the pick and place affixing process at the vacuum transfer table.
Machine Case Study
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Pumping up pick and place speed/accuracy

Random servo rotary machinery enhances efficiencies and versatility for affixing onserts.
Absolut Electrik made its debut at Absolut’s Electrik House futuristic house party in October 2015.
Package Case Study
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Absolut’s 2015 holiday bottle: It’s Electrik!

A metallic/mirror-coated bottle in silver and blue versions, inspired by electronic house music, adds festivity to winter holiday and other ‘house’ parties.
Bertolli 1
Package Case Study
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New pasta sauce is premium throughout

Bertolli launches a new pasta sauce line that conveys its super-premium status through label graphics such as a black background, touches of gold, and fresh-ingredient photos.
News
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Industry Watch—February 2016

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the February 2016 issue of Packaging World.
Ben Miyares, Packaging Sherpa
Column/Opinion
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Fruits, veggies: Killer app for clear plastic cans?

Premium-grade vegetables, chunked fruit, and jellied cranberry sauce are likely to be among the first foods to be commercially packed and marketed in clear barrier plastic cans.

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