PIAB Vacuum Products (Rockland, MA) introduces an improved series of pneumatically driven vacuum pumps. The MLD line includes three pumps that provide vacuum levels down to 27" Hg and flow rates up to 31 SCFM.
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Incorporating the power of a basic machine vision system into a sensor-style package, Omron's (Schaumburg, IL) F10 gray-scale pattern matching machine vision sensor is said to offer rapid inspections for the price of a high-end sensor.
SIG Positec Automation (Plymouth, MI) announces its integrated closed-loop actuator, or ICLA. Consists of a motor gearbox with associated power and control electronics, including a field bus interface on a NEMA 23 frame size housing under 6"L.
Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) is offering its PadPak® converter with the Packaging Automated Logistics (PAL) System(TM). The PAL System's database of user-specified packing information allows the operator to assign and recall a number for each product.
Electro-Craft (Eden Prairie, MN) offers a DeviceNet option on its BRU Series Advantage line of universal drives and IQ Series positioning drives. DeviceNet is an inexpensive industrial-grade local area network that permits the drives to be connected along with sensors, motor starters and other devices to operator interface panels, PLCs and PCs.
The Servo II vf/f/s machine from Hayssen (Duncan, SC) uses servo motors that withstand washdowns. Operates at speeds to 110 bags/min. An Allen-Bradley 5/04 control system and PanelView 900 touchscreen operator interface allow storage of up to 100 user-defined programs.
Filling 40 bottles/min, the Mascara Patriot FPC from Capmatic (Montreal North, Quebec, Canada) dispenses bottles into individual pucks and mechanically lifts them under the fill heads for bottom-up filling of 1 g to 30 g of mascara.
The PackWorld® pick-and-place system from Motoman (West Carrollton, OH) includes a high-speed, six-axis robot, MRC controller with menu-driven application software, an integrated mechanical or vacuum gripper, powered conveyor(s) and operator interface.