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Controls Product Brief
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Common Point Technologies Inc: Linking proprietary controllers

Common Point Technologies Inc. (Sugar Grove, IL) is an automation systems integrator whose "Interposing PLC" allows packaging machines with proprietary controllers to communicate with other controllers, whether they're proprietary or industry-standard PLCs or PCs.
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Putting 'smart systems' to work

Avoid these common pitfalls when implementing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system on a packaging line.
Controls Product Brief
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Lantech Inc: Stretch wrapper

The Q-300XT from Lantech (Louisville, KY) is a stretch wrapping system designed to eliminate operator "run around." The system's Simple Automation(TM) automatically attaches and cuts the film, allowing the forklift operator to position the load on the turn-table, start the machine and drive away, without leaving the fork truck.
Controls Product Brief
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Pack-Age Inc: Pack-Age Inc: Multimedia packages

Brookdale Plastics, Inc. (Plymouth, MN) has introduced vacuum-formed stock multimedia packages. The packages come in a variety of standard shapes and sizes and are made of PVC plastic in widths ranging from 0.010" to 0.030".
Machine Product Brief
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Exair Corporation: Air knife

The Super Air Knife from Exair (Cincinnati, OH) cleans, dries or cools parts, webs or conveyors at a sound level of 70 db--considerably quieter than standard blow-off units, according to the manufacturer.
Controls Product Brief
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Hewlett-Packard Indigo: Digital color press

At $249ꯠ, the e-Print® Pro(TM) is reported by its manufacturer, Indigo (Woburn, MA), to be the least expensive digital color press on the market.
Controls Product Brief
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Hoffman: DeviceNet motion controller

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) has added the option of Device Net connectivity to its CLC, a PC-based multi-axis motion controller. Simplifies communications with popular third-party PLCs and I/O networks.
Controls Product Brief
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lpha gear drives, Inc: 'Zero'-backlash reducer

Alpha Gear Drives (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced the TP low-backlash planetary gear reducer for servo motors. Designed for applications that require extremely precise positioning at high speeds, the reducer features a minimum backlash of less than 1 arc/min, with "zero" backlash achieved through supplier's high-precision manufacturing, according to the company.
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CMM brings converting into the 21st Century

Through a conference program and exhibits, CMM Intl. attendees will be updated on the latest in printing and converting technologies. Here's a preview of what to expect at Chicago's McCormick Place, April 12 to 14.
Controls Product Brief
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Thomson Industries, Inc: Stepper motor handbook

The "Stepper Motor Handbook" from Thomson Industries (Cheshire, CT) is a color handbook that covers the company's line of permanent magnet stepper motors and geared motors.
Machine Product Brief
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Imaging Technology Inc: Machine vision selection

Imaging Technology(Bedford, MA) has released a white paper entitled "How to Select the Right Frame Grabber: Choosing Features and Functions." The paper describes what a frame grabber is and how it works as part of a machine vision system.
Machine Product Brief
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American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: American Packaging Corporation: Synthetic paper for IML

Yupo Corp. (Chesapeake, VA) has introduced Yupo® synthetic paper for in-mold labeling applications. Preprinted PP substrate can be inserted into molds prior to blow-molding bottles to create a "no-label" look.
Controls Product Brief
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: PC-based control and device networks

A new white paper from Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) describes the benefits of using open device-level networks on industrial machinery in combination with PC-based controllers.
Machine Product Brief
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Combination weigher

The FCBS 14-head circular weigher from Sasib (De Pere, WI) accepts free-flowing product in a continuous motion from a central feeder. Programmable timing, speed and number of heads means the unit's functions can be customized for efficiency.
Controls Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Dual-lane wrapper

The redesigned DPN-6 wrapper from SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) offers smooth handling of delicate products, a wide range of acceptable wrapping materials, print registration and automatic splicing of wrapping materials, and new gluing/sealing methods.

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