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ABB Robotics: Fast picking robot

The FlexPicker(TM) developed by ABB Flexible Automation (New Berlin, WI) uses a vision system to identify, pick and place up to 120 items/min from a moving conveyor.
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Warner Electric, Altra Industrial Motion: Positioning control system

Warner Electric's (South Beloit, IL) CBC-1000 positioning control system is designed to reduce auger filling inaccuracies. Includes a position-loop control, clutch/brake (and clutch/brake control) and an encoder.
Controls Product Brief
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Belcor Industries Inc: Bag inserter

The BEL 450 semi-automatic bag inserter with top and bottom case taping from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) is designed for manual bulk filling lines where a bag liner must be inserted into the case.
Controls Product Brief
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Malcom Co.: Hot air tool

A hot-air production tool that can be configured with a variety of different nozzles for use in shrink packaging and drying applications is available from Malcom Co.
Controls Product Brief
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Robotic Industries Assn.: Vision inspector

Adding to its Visionscape(TM) family, RVSI Acuity CiMatrix (Canton, MA) introduced Visionscape I-Pak to provide optical character verification for pharmaceutical and packaging applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Electro Cam Corporation: Instructional video

Electro Cam (Roscoe, IL) has released a 15-min video on installation and troubleshooting procedures for EC-2000 and EC-3000 Electronic Cam Limit Switches.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
Feature Article
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
Machine Product Brief
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Focus Automation Systems, Inc: Inspection system

PharmaVision from Focus Automation (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) is a fully automated inspection system for pharmaceutical labels that is said to examine 100% of all label features.
Controls Product Brief
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Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Cap liner

Tri-Shield(TM) from Tri-Seal Intl. (Blauvelt, NY) is a new seven-layer coextruded cap lining system made of foams or solids such as EVA or PP. The high-barrier material is suitable for caps on packaged products that need to retain carbon dioxide or keep oxygen from degrading them.
Machine Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Air conveyors

A new eight-page brochure from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) details its Isometric Air Conveyor, which controls the high-speed travel of empty lightweight cans on production lines.
Controls Product Brief
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Parvex, Inc: Parvex, Inc: Fieldbus primer

A short primer from Parvex (Elmsford, NY) describes the basics of fieldbuses and groups them into three classes: local, fast, high real-time capability; long distance, fast, high number of nodes, medium real-time capability; and long distance, fast, no real-time capability.
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: Wireless sensor

Power remote sensor system from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows less connection for limit switches and sensors on robotic grippers, dies, fixtures, rotary tables and removable tooling.
Controls Product Brief
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lpha gear drives, Inc: High-speed gear reducer

Alpha Gear Drives (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced its SP high-speed gear reducer. Designed specifically to improve continuous-duty servo motor performance for high-speed continuous applications such as packaging, converting and printing.
Controls Product Brief
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Heuft USA Inc: Rejection system

A four-page color brochure describing the Multisegment Rejector is now available from Heuft (Downers Grove, IL). The Rejector segments form a deflector curve that guides unacceptable containers off-line at speeds from 50 to 2귔 containers/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Patriot Sensors: High-speed PLS

Gemco Series 1090 ultra-high-speed programmable limit switch is now available from Patriot Sensors & Controls Corp. (Clawson, MI). Offers 16 five-microsec outputs from its front panel and 16 250-microsec outputs that can be fed to Allen-Bradley's I/O.

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