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Controls Product Brief
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Pilz: Integrated safety gate system

Combining safety gate monitoring, safe guard locking, and monitoring of either E-STOP and/or control elements, Pilz’s PSENsgate safety gate system provides personnel and facility with category PL e rated protection – the highest category of protection.
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Beckhoff: 7-in economy panel PC

Intended for the HMI hardware needs of cost-sensitive machine builders and manufacturers, Beckhoff Automation’s new CP6606-0001-0020 “Economy” Panel PC is an all-in-one HMI and controller that combines a full color 7-in TFT touch screen display (800 x 480 WVGA), 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, and 1 GB DDR3; ultra-compact microSD flash memory cards are used as the storage media.
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B&R: Helical gearboxes

B&R’s two new helical gearboxes, the 8GP70 series with a shaft output and the 8GF70 series with a drive flange, provide smooth operation for absolute precision, excellent synchronization characteristics, and a very low noise level at high speeds.
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Weiss: Linear motor axes for small parts assembly applications

Available in two different axis sizes – HG 25 with peak force of 180 N, and HG 12 with peak force of 110 N – the HG series of lightweight, aluminum, closed linear motor axes from Weiss reduce costs, provide precise axis in a compact design, and feature a unique guide profile cover made of machined aluminum to provide protection for applications that experience external contamination influences.
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AutomationDirect: Right-angle servo gear reducers

Suitable for applications that require a more compact footprint, AutomationDirect’s new SureGear PGB series of right-angle servo gear reducers offer similar technical specifications to the PGA series in-line gear reducers, and are available in four gear ratios (5:1, 10:1, 15:1, 25:1).
Machine Case Study
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Adoption of robots picks up speed

As sales of robotics in North America grow at record speeds, these four CPG companies reap the labor, cost, productivity, and quality benefits of implementing robots in their operations.
LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTION. The four robot arms are used to pack cases that vary in size to accommodate volumes from 96 eggs to 1,400 eggs.
Machine Case Study
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Lightweight robot arms case-pack eggs at 15,000/hr

Italian egg suppler installs four robot arms to case-pack different size cases that accommodate volumes from 96 eggs to 1,400 eggs, eliminating labor-related issues and improving its operational efficiency.
FAST PACKING. Three vision-guided high-speed Delta robots at Swizzels pick-and-place bags of Squashies candy into display cases at speeds to 360/min.
Machine Case Study
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Says Love Hearts confectioner to robot: 'U Rock'

U.K. candy company Swizzels installs pick-and-place robots to load its new Squashies range into display cases, boosting output by 20% versus the former drop-load system.
Machine Case Study
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First foray into robotics yields big benefits for deli meat producer

Deli meat and cheese producer Dietz & Watson installs its first robotic case packer for vacuum-packed deli meat to keep pace with a new 144-pack/min hf/f/s machine.
PACK UNLOADING. On the 100-pack/min line, finished blister packs are removed from the blister-sealing machine via a ceiling-mounted robot and are placed in front of sensors for inspection.
Machine Case Study
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L'Oréal embraces automation for new blister-sealing lines

Multiple robots help pick-and-place blister packs of L’Oréal’s Baby Lips line of lip balms on two lines running 50 and 100 packs/min.
LARGER STACKS. The recycled paperboard edge protector is strong enough to stand the weight of the other liners, allowing IVF to increase its stack size from 20 to 22 liners.
Package Case Study
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Cost-effective, reliable edge protection for burial vault liners

When a burial vault liner supplier switches from corrugated to laminated paperboard edge protectors, it reaps a range of cost savings as well as greater product protection.
News
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Industry Watch—September 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the September 2014 issue of Packaging World.
Dan Balan
Column/Opinion
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Is it time for a socratic examination of packaging?

The Greek philosopher known for his wit and wisdom, Socrates came to fame by asking questions.

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