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Controls Product Brief
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Common Point Technologies Inc: Linking proprietary controllers

Common Point Technologies Inc. (Sugar Grove, IL) is an automation systems integrator whose "Interposing PLC" allows packaging machines with proprietary controllers to communicate with other controllers, whether they're proprietary or industry-standard PLCs or PCs.
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Westamp Inc: Brushless servo drives

An 80-page color catalog highlights Westamp's (Chatsworth, CA) SP2k product line, which is used in industrial motion control applications. The catalog covers the features, benefits, connection schemes, performance-matched brushless servo motor data, servo drive options, BR Series Brushless Servo motor dimensional data and brushless servo motor connections for all Westamp's products.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Manual Makers, Inc: Manual maker software

Manual Maker 99 Software from Manual Makers (Sarasota, FL) is a point-and-click Windows(TM)-based software system that stores text, graphics and technical drawings in a database format to generate machine-specific manuals.
Controls Product Brief
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Hoffman: DeviceNet motion controller

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) has added the option of Device Net connectivity to its CLC, a PC-based multi-axis motion controller. Simplifies communications with popular third-party PLCs and I/O networks.
Controls Product Brief
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Hyde Park Electronics: Ultrasonic sensors

Hyde Park's (Dayton, OH) Superprox® Model SM906 series 30-mm ultrasonic analog sensors allow the user to set two span limits within a 1- or 2-m sensing range.
Controls Product Brief
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Rockwell Automation: Smart power system

The new Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) Smart Power micro-controller works together with a machine's motion and axis micro controllers.
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Parvex, Inc: Digital servo drives

Digivex Multi Drives (DMD) from Parvex (Elmsford, NY) are said to offer higher torque at high speed, smooth rotation at low speed and greater stiffness at standstill.
Machine Product Brief
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Thiele Technologies, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Auto bagging system

The Thiele (Minneapolis, MN) Omnistar(TM) automatic bagging system accommodates multi-wall paper and plastic bags at speeds to 20/min. Offers automatic bag pick-up and discharge of unopened or improperly sized bags.
Controls Product Brief
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Huettinger Electronic, Inc: Air-cooled sealer

Huettinger Electronic (Farmington, CT) has introduced its new Model SIG 3/50CAP System for sealing caps to plastic and glass containers. Said to be the first production-speed induction cap sealer to be totally air cooled, the system relies on an air-cooled induction coil that eliminates the need to circulate water in order to maintain a safe temperature in the coil.
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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Omron Electronics LLC: Label position detection

Omron's (Schaumburg, IL) new E3S-CD photoelectric sensor detects presence/absence and basic position of a label on a glass or plastic container, regardless of the color or luster of the label or container.
Controls Product Brief
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Solapak, Inc: Horizontal wrappers

The reciprocal BWB-3000-E and the rotary BWR-3000-HE are new models in Solapak's (Elmhurst, NY) CE series of horizontal wrappers. Servo control does away with drive parts, thereby reducing maintenance needs.
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.

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