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Controls Product Brief
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Bell-Everman: Sealed linear stages for harsh operating environments

A new line of ballscrew- and linear-motor-driven sealed motion stages has been developed by Bell-Everman, Inc.
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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.
OEM Application Note
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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.
Significant Debut. This continuous-motion VF/F/S machine is the OEM’s most significant new-product development in recent memory.
Controls Case Study
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PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Getting its new vf/f/s system ready in time for Pack Expo Las Vegas was a challenge, but Matrix managed just fine. A bit of strategic retooling included One Cable Technology and EtherCAT.
Brains Brewery upgraded of its yeast-handling control process to a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix system and Ethernet connectivity. Source: Prosoft Technology
OEM Application Note
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Brewery gains flexibility, reduces downtime with gateway

Remote I/O-to-Ethernet gateway enables easy replacement of 27-year-old PLCs for a Wales brewery upgrading its yeast-handling control process.
Controls Product Brief
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Lenze: Gearbox transforms motor speed into torque

Designed for mechatronic integration with the Lenze Smart Motor, the Lenze g500 gearbox range transforms motor speed into torque as intelligently and accurately as possible.
Sensors enable clear object detection. Source: Banner
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CPG manufacturers benefit from sensor technology advances

One trend in packaging machine design is to move from tool-less changeovers to automated changeovers, reducing the complexity and downtime related to product variation. Sensors of various types enable the automation.
Banner's IVu  is a vision sensor that can identify mislabeling.
Column/Opinion
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Sensor trends affecting packaging automation

Non-rigid packaging handling, quality control and trace-and-trace applications are being improved by advances in sensor technology. Here’s how.
Controls Product Brief
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WAGO: Expanded line of signal conditioners and relays

WAGO expanded its JUMPFLEX® line of signal conditioners and relays to include a loop-powered signal conditioner offering conversion, isolation and transmission of a variety of signal types.
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Controls Product Brief
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Festo: Heavy-duty electric cylinder

Suitable for dynamic, high-feed-force applications, such as clamping, pressing, cable tensioning, and large component feeding, the ESBF cylinder from Festo is capable of generating almost two tons (17,000 N) of feed force, making it possible to use in place of a hydraulic cylinder.
Controls Product Brief
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Bosch Rexroth: Motion logic controller

The Rexroth MLC motion logic controller with Version 13 firmware from Bosch Rexroth comes with a safety PLC and open core interface, and features a new set of capabilities and function modules designed to make it faster and easier to implement in-demand automation tasks such as integrated safety, robotics functions, and new mobile apps tools.
Controls Product Brief
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Technosoft: Intelligent panel mount drive

iPOS8010 BX-CAT is the newest member of the iPOS family of Technosoft’s intelligent drives.
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Controls Product Brief
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WAGO: I/O fieldbus couplers

To support end users that leverage Ethernet-based industrial networking, WAGO’s new PROFINET I/O Fieldbus Couplers 750 Series operate as I/O devices in the PROFINET network.
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Keith Campbell ( Keith@CampbellManagementServices.net has been a shaper of opinion on manufacturing automation for 40 years. He worked for 28 years with The Hershey Company, and has served the broader industry in numerous roles including as Director of ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Div., and as the founding Director and later Executive Director of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, originally called the OMAC Motion for Packaging Workgroup. Since retiring from Hershey as Director of Automation & Integr
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The future of automation for healthcare manufacturers

If healthcare manufacturers are a bit behind others, it is probably for valid and explainable reasons to which valid and explainable solutions exist.
Controls Product Brief
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NK Technologies: Digital power monitor

The APN Series measures three phases of current and voltage and computes fourteen values necessary to track power usage.
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Controls Product Brief
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WEISS North America: Pick-and-place direct-drive module

WEISS North America, Inc. introduces the revolutionary HP70 Pick-and-Place direct-drive component that is thinner (60 mm wide) than any linear motor or pneumatic module on the market today.
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