Machinery

Controls, Automation & Components

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Buckhorn, a Myers Industries, Inc Co.: HDPE pallet

Buckhorn (Milford, OH) introduces the new 4840 Distributor(TM) Pallet for general industrial, grocery, food and resale/wholesale applications. Molded from HDPE/structural foam, the Distributor weighs 29 lb and is 100% recyclable.
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B&R Industrial Automation: B&R Industrial Automation: Integrated motion controller

NC154 multi-axis module plugs into B&R Industrial Automation's (Roswell, GA) 2005 PLC and provides integrated, high-performance motion and machine control in one compact package.
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Linear conveyor

A linear, differential-motion conveyor, the Auto-Glide® is available from Smalley Mfg. (Knoxville, TN). Operates at rates to 40'/min. The conveyor's vibratory action occurs in a horizontal plane, via a gentle shuffling action.
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Parker Hannifin Corporation: Basics of pneumatic technology

A new 170-page textbook from Parker Hannifin's motion control training department serves as a basic training manual in industrial pneumatics, ranging from gas laws to pneumatic logic to circuitry.
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Berlin Pkg.: Wide-mouth PET bottles

Berlin Packaging's (Chicago, IL) wide-mouth packers are stretch/blow-molded PET bottles suitable for pharmaceutical applications. The packers are available in 33-mm and 38-mm finishes, either continuous-thread or featuring a TE neck bead.
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Cutler-Hammer: Cutler-Hammer: Networkable limit switch

New E50 DNA limit switch from Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) communicates directly with DeviceNet networks, without the need for interfacing, I/O blocks, nodes or modules.
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Hoffman: Powerful operator controls

BTV family of human-machine-interface controls have the flexibility to work with any stand-alone machine. From Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL), the new HMIs each have two high-performance industrial PCs, two configurable operator panels and two microcontroller-based HMI control units.
These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.
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Forum for Adhesive Closure Technologies: Case packaging trends

A new white paper, "Case packaging trends drive evaluation of sealing methodology," examines the trend toward upgraded shipping cases and their use as product marketing tools.
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Avery Dennison Retail Information Systems (Printer Div.): Tag and label software

A new tag and label software program for manufacturers and repackagers of medical and surgical equipment and supplies is now available from Avery Dennison Printer Systems (Philadelphia, PA).
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Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc: Inspection system

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery's (Sturtevant, WI) PCIS system inspects closed cartons for defects, wrong counts and partial or rotated items. Uses a patented capacitive scanning method, with no X-rays, to electronically analyze product as it passes through a scanning head.
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Baldor Electric Company: Mini inverter

Small 15J "mini inverter" from Baldor (Fort Smith, AR) is for applications requiring variable or constant torque, or constant hp in limited space.
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Hayssen, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Vf/f/s machine

Hayssen's (Duncan, SC) Edge(TM) vertical form/fill/seal machine is a low-cost alternative for mid-range applications, according to the manufacturer.
These two control cabinets show two of the 126 micro PLCs on the line, each the size of a common house brick. The PLC on the lef
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A new record for distributed control (sidebar)

How distributed control spreads the burden
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Packaging Systems Automation, Inc: Stainless chain transfer

For washdown applications, a new stain-less-steel powered chain transfer can be installed in-line on most conveyors. From Pack-aging Sys-tems Auto-mation (Ply-mouth, MN), the device mounts to either an existing conveyor drive or idler.

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