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Software helps Hershey slay downtime

Powerful software allows Hershey to automatically gather packaging efficiency data. Local and remote line control and monitoring are added bonuses.
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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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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Pressure-sensitive labeler

EPI's (New Freedom, PA) Flex-Pac Labeler(TM) is designed to integrate with Sandiacre packaging equipment used widely in the frozen food, produce and candy markets.
Controls Product Brief
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Galil Motion Control, Inc: USB motion controller

Galil Motion Control's (Mountain View, CA) DMC-2000 Series motion controllers are now available with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection. Motion controllers can be plugged into a USB port on a PC, without requiring a dedicated interface card.
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Powder filling system

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) automatic powder filling system runs at speeds from 35 to 80 cpm on rigid container filling lines. A checkweigher directs filling heads to increase or decrease fill amount.
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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Compumotor: Ethernet motion controller

Compumotor (Rohnert Park, CA) has introduced the 6K motion controller with a built-in 10 megabit/sec Ethernet connection for communicating with a PLC or PC controller on a packaging machine.
Controls Product Brief
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Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Servo drive systems

ELAU's PacDrive S servo drive system, available from Orbit Motion Technologies (Mashpee, MA), can be used to replace mechanical cam plates, vertical shafts, gears and clutches in packaging equipment.
Controls Product Brief
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Eskay Corp.: Eskay Corp.: Conveyors

Eskay (Salt Lake City, UT) has released a brochure featuring its advanced line of conveyor systems. Conveyors offer ready integration to other material flow systems such as automated storage buffers, carousels and sorters, and are available in roller, belt and chain configurations.
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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Electro Cam Corporation: PLS for SLC-500

The new PL-1746 PLµS plug-in module from Electro Cam Corp. (Roscoe, IL) is a programmable limit switch on a card that plugs into Allen-Bradley's SLC-500 family of PLCs.
Controls Product Brief
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Baldor Electric Company: Motion drive catalog

Baldor Electric Co. (Fort Smith, AR) offers a 127-page motion drive catalog that incorporates Baldor Vector Drives®, Baldor Servo Drives® and Baldor's new MINT(TM) motion control products.
Controls Product Brief
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MagneTek: Variable-frequency drives

A white paper entitled 'The Simple Truth About Motor-Drive Compatibility' is now available from MagneTek (St. Louis, MO). It identifies some reasons for premature failure of windings and bearings of Variable-Frequency Drives (VFDs).
Controls Product Brief
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Supermatic Package Machinery, Inc: Aerosol filler

Supermatic (Fairfield, NJ) introduces the Coster MIG-2 aerosol filler that is entirely self-contained, eliminating the need for a large separate gas house.
Controls Product Brief
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Green Bay Packaging Inc: Label material

Green Bay Packaging's (Green Bay, WI) Lasertech label material offers converters a 50# laser-grade p-s construction designed for sheet-fed or continuous-feed laser applications.

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