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Siemens Industry Inc: Windows™ CE control

SIMATIC MP270 Multi Panel is said to combine the robust, deterministic behavior of a PLC with the openness of a PC, all in a single operator panel measuring 171/2"W x 113/4"H x 31/2"D.
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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.
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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.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
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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.
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Orion Packaging Systems: Orion Packaging Systems: Motion control for A-B

Orion® PC-based motion controllers from Ormec (Rochester, NY) now offer Ethernet connections to Allen-Bradley PLCs that support Ethernet. The controllers can also be used for communications with PCs running popular human-machine interface software packages.
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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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Krones, Inc: Bottle sleever

The Servo Sleever from Krones (Franklin, WI) applies heat-shrinkable body sleeves to bottles at speeds to 400 cpm. Provides direct feed, cutting and application without vacuum or complex handling parts.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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