Machinery

Controls, Automation & Components

The motion controlller (above, left) is actually a PC with seven dedicated plug-in cards for high-speed control
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Collating candy at 3,000/min (sidebar)

How digital motion control works
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FlexLink Systems, Inc: FlexLink Systems, Inc: Conveyor systems brochure

"Conveyor Systems and Automation Components: Product Overview," a 32-pg brochure from FlexLink Systems (Bethlehem, PA), includes a detailed description of the company's product line.
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Marprint, Inc: Corner labeler

The Corner Wrap applicator from Paragon(TM) (White Bear Lake, MN) is suitable for labeling products, cartons, cases and pallets at 15/min. The applicator detects the product or package as it moves along a conveyor, causing a p-s label to be printed and dispensed onto a 90 vacuum grid positioned in the path of the pro-duct.
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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.
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Hyde Park Electronics: Ultrasonic sensors

Hyde Park's (Dayton, OH) Superprox® Model SM906 series 30-mm ultrasonic analog sensors allow the user to set two span limits within a 1- or 2-m sensing range.
L ogic instructions can be easily entered on the keypad and LCD display of the universal logic module. To the left and below is
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Paint pouch packing is under control

Testor packages modelers' paints in a flexible pouch on a hf/f/s machine modified for the purpose. A PLS, a PLC and a complementary logic module contribute greatly.
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Matthews Marking Systems: Coding software

From Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) comes WinPorter software for its Jet-A-Mark DOD 2002 or DOD 2002+ ink-jet printers, which simplifies entry of data and commands through the use of an existing Windows(TM)-based PC.
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All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: Shrink packaging

All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY) has introduced a new bag opening, filling, sealing and shrink packaging station for wicketed, printed or plain shrink bags.
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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.
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Omron Electronics LLC: Label position detection

Omron's (Schaumburg, IL) new E3S-CD photoelectric sensor detects presence/absence and basic position of a label on a glass or plastic container, regardless of the color or luster of the label or container.
Once wrapped and sealed, individual pieces of Creme  Savers are discharged onto a takeaway conveyor
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'Servo-ing' up new generation Lifesavers

High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.
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Ramsey: Verification system

As a feature on its MetalScout IIe metal detector, Ramsey (Minneapolis, MN) has added the AuditCheck automatic performance verification system. Fully automatic, the system tests product on a preprogrammed basis and reports to the operator if any deviation from the original sample level is detected.
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Leeson Electric: Inverter brochure

A color product brochure from Leeson Electric (Grafton, WI) features the company's new models of Speedmaster® inverters that use plain-English programming.
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GE Fanuc Automation: Integrated controller

GE Fanuc Automation (Charlottesville, VA) has introduced the new OCS Operator Control Station, incorporating a logic controller, human-machine interface and networking capability.
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Efector, Inc: Proximity switch

Thanks to an integral AS-i interface, efector's (Exton, PA)T-series IND sensor essentially is two inductive proximity switches in one unit, functioning as a replacement for a standard switchbox by accepting up to 31 valves in one AS-i system.

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