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lpha gear drives, Inc: 'Zero'-backlash reducer

Alpha Gear Drives (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced the TP low-backlash planetary gear reducer for servo motors. Designed for applications that require extremely precise positioning at high speeds, the reducer features a minimum backlash of less than 1 arc/min, with "zero" backlash achieved through supplier's high-precision manufacturing, according to the company.
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By viewing charts of acquired data, it?s possible to pin down specific line performance symptoms that can then be analyzed. This
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Putting 'smart systems' to work

Avoid these common pitfalls when implementing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system on a packaging line.
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Matthews Marking Systems: Coding software

From Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) comes WinPorter software for its Jet-A-Mark DOD 2002 or DOD 2002+ ink-jet printers, which simplifies entry of data and commands through the use of an existing Windows(TM)-based PC.
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All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: Shrink packaging

All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY) has introduced a new bag opening, filling, sealing and shrink packaging station for wicketed, printed or plain shrink bags.
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Automation Intelligence: Automation Intelligence: Servos over the Web

Automation Intelligence (Duluth, GA) is now selling select Sanyo Denki AC servo motors and drives direct to users and OEMs via its Web site at www.MotionOnline.com.
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CMM brings converting into the 21st Century

Through a conference program and exhibits, CMM Intl. attendees will be updated on the latest in printing and converting technologies. Here's a preview of what to expect at Chicago's McCormick Place, April 12 to 14.
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Ramsey: Verification system

As a feature on its MetalScout IIe metal detector, Ramsey (Minneapolis, MN) has added the AuditCheck automatic performance verification system. Fully automatic, the system tests product on a preprogrammed basis and reports to the operator if any deviation from the original sample level is detected.
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Leeson Electric: Inverter brochure

A color product brochure from Leeson Electric (Grafton, WI) features the company's new models of Speedmaster® inverters that use plain-English programming.
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Compumotor: Stepper/servo drives

Newly introduced Gemini family of drives from Parker Hannifin's Compumotor Div. (Rohnert Park, CA) are available in stepper and servo versions. GT digital standalone stepper drive is available in four power levels.
The motion controlller (above, left) is actually a PC with seven dedicated plug-in cards for high-speed control
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Collating candy at 3,000/min (sidebar)

How digital motion control works
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Garvey Corporation: Carton merger

The Carton Merge Unit from Garvey (Blue Anchor, NJ) merges multiple lanes of cartons into one with only simple guiderails and frame adjustments that require no tools.
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DuPont Packaging: DuPont Packaging: Aqueous plate system

Cyrel® aqueous-processible plate for narrow-web printing is offered by DuPont Cyrel Packaging Graphics Products (Wilmington, DE). Plates are said to be print-ready in about an hour.
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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.
L ogic instructions can be easily entered on the keypad and LCD display of the universal logic module. To the left and below is
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Paint pouch packing is under control

Testor packages modelers' paints in a flexible pouch on a hf/f/s machine modified for the purpose. A PLS, a PLC and a complementary logic module contribute greatly.

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