Machinery

Controls, Automation & Components

Controls Product Brief
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Photoelectric sensors

By combining long-range sensing with automatic dynamic calibration and a damage-resistant mounting option, new OL photoelectric sensors from efector (Exton, PA) are said to solve many of the problems typical in conveyor applications.
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Machine Product Brief
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Palletizer

Crown Simplimatic's (Forest Lake, MN) EZY palletizer does not require an operator. With a payload capacity of 200 lb, the machine lifts cases as small as 4"Hx6"Wx6"L and as large as 24"Hx24"Wx48"L.
Controls Product Brief
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United Parcel Service: New shipping rates

United Parcel Service's (Atlanta, GA) 1999 rates show the smallest rate increase in 11 years, while U.S. origin international services will have no increase for the second consecutive year.
Controls Product Brief
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Picker lines with scanner

The robotic pickers from Schubert (Dallas, TX) now are controlled by a scanner that provides a cost-effective solution compared to cameras, says the maker.
Machine Product Brief
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Container measurer

An automatic non-contact container measuring system, the Container Dimensional Gauge from AGR (Butler, PA), uses a high-resolution camera and back lighting to measure the size and shape of containers as large as 9"Wx12"H.
Controls Product Brief
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Redlake MASD, Inc: Motion analysis

The new MotionScope PCI color series motion analyzer from Redlake Imaging (Morgan Hill, CA) captures mechanical events that are too fast for the eye to perceive.
Controls Product Brief
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Leuze electronic, Inc: Compact code reader

The Model BCL 21/22 bar-code reader from Leuze-Lumiflex (Rockaway, NJ) is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighs a mere 180 g. Sensor reliably scans minimal bar widths of 0.15 mm with optimum depth of focus.
Controls Product Brief
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Garvey Corporation: Carton merger

The Carton Merge Unit from Garvey (Blue Anchor, NJ) merges multiple lanes of cartons into one with only simple guiderails and frame adjustments that require no tools.
Controls Product Brief
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DuPont Packaging: DuPont Packaging: Aqueous plate system

Cyrel® aqueous-processible plate for narrow-web printing is offered by DuPont Cyrel Packaging Graphics Products (Wilmington, DE). Plates are said to be print-ready in about an hour.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: Internet-based support

SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) has launched SIG Online, a service that permits SIG engineers to remotely troubleshoot packaging equipment via a factory network's Internet connection.
Controls Product Brief
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Automation Intelligence: Automation Intelligence: Servos over the Web

Automation Intelligence (Duluth, GA) is now selling select Sanyo Denki AC servo motors and drives direct to users and OEMs via its Web site at www.MotionOnline.com.
Feature Article
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
Controls Product Brief
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Baldor Electric Company: Linear motors

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) now offers a complete line of linear motors. Linear motors provide speed, acceleration, accuracy and repeatability for many applications such as robotics, machine tool access, packaging equipment and medical equipment.
Machine Product Brief
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Superior Packaging Equip.: Product accumulator

Superior Packaging's (Carlstadt, NJ) Guardian accumulator optimizes line efficiency by compensating for both upstream and downstream stoppages. During downstream stoppages, product is stored in the high-capacity carrier system.

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