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Streamlining integration.with Pack ML
Feature Article
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Streamlining Integration with Pack ML

Lack of standardization in packaging lines—and manufacturing as a whole—results in time-consuming and expensive integration processes during line upgrades. More integrated manufacturing systems using PackML are benefitting not only end users, but OEMs, integrators and technology providers.
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A TLM F2 robot erects flat case blanks and places them onto the Transmodul.
Machine Case Study
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Natures Organics’ compact packaging meets retailer needs

Case packing and palletizing line with robotics and Transmodul transport conveyor system reduces footprint, increases output, and meets shelf-ready retailer needs.
Balluff: Photoelectric Sensors
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: Photoelectric Sensors

R01E photoelectric flatpack sensors are built for harsh and washdown environments.
Assimilation of robotics into machine control
Controls Product Brief
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COMAU and B&R: Assimilation of robotics into machine control

With the introduction of openROBOTICS, partners COMAU and B&R are collaborating on robotics integration for machinery and production lines; the solution is based on a full lineup of COMAU robots that handle payloads ranging from 3 to 650 kilograms.
Progea’s Movicon SCADA system.
Feature Article
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Medical Devices Enter the Information Age

Despite increasing competitive and regulatory pressures, medical device manufacturers have an opportunity to seize a significantly growing market. Streamlining operations through automation will be key.
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.
EVT Eye Vision Technology: Software
Machine Product Brief
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EVT Eye Vision Technology: Software

EyeVision 3.1.12 supports Profinet and SQL databases.
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.
Multi-Conveyor: Bag Conveyor
Machine Product Brief
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Multi-Conveyor: Bag Conveyor

Flexible bag conveyors transport product for seamless line integration.
High-speed drives
Controls Product Brief
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Emerson: High-speed drives

The Unidrive HS30 and HS70 variable speed drives from Emerson, capable of output frequencies of 3,000 Hz, are suited to high speed applications frequently required for centrifuges for the food and beverage and oil industries.
AFA Electrical Engineer David Langen appreciates the unique method of communicating over the Internet on which the COSY VPN rout
OEM Application Note
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Easy remote access via Internet

Thanks to an industrial VPN router that mounts to a DIN rail in the machine control cabinet, this maker of end-of-line packaging machinery saves big on tech support costs.
Planetary screw assemblies
Controls Product Brief
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Rexroth: Planetary screw assemblies

Planetary screw assemblies from Rexroth feature new sizes; the drive elements with screw diameters up to 75 mm, and leads up to 20 mm, achieve static load capacities up to 1,496 kN while featuring compact design.
Cognex Corp.: Vision Sensor
Controls Product Brief
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Cognex Corp.: Vision Sensor

In-Sight 2000 solves simple, error-proofing applications.
Column/Opinion
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Listen to what the data is telling you

Previous columns have explored the potential and utility of data ranging from global integration of manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and social media down to simpler in-facility tracking and accounting of SKUs during production.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Column/Opinion
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Taming SKU proliferation

Imagine a business model where it’s a good thing to have your employees poached away from you on a regular basis.

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