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AutomationDirect: Powerline filters/surge protectors

With multiple levels of surge protection, AutomationDirect’s AEGIS powerline filters/surge protectors protect single-phase electrical and electronic equipment from the full spectrum of transient disturbances, including surges and line noise, that can cause misoperation and damage.
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Will Google glasses play a role in packaging?

Keith Campbell, a Packaging World Contributing Editor and On the Edge blogger, took in the sights and sounds of Dusseldorf this past May to bring us a series of reports on new developments in the packaging controls and automation space being shown at interpack 2014. In case you missed his written, blogged, or podcast contributions, here are a few highlights.
Controls Product Brief
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Festo: Pneumatic actuator control valve saves space, money, time

Designed to adjust or stop cylinder movement and de-energizing, the new Festo VFOF model LE-BAH adds control functionality by providing one-way speed control, manual override, and emergency stop functionality – holding a piston’s position even in the vertical position – in a single compact unit.
Machine Product Brief
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BlueWater Automation Group: Fully-automatic case former

The F-16 fully-automatic, washdown-protected case former from BlueWater Automation (BWA) includes a fully stainless steel open form frame design and Festo’s hygienic MPA-C valve terminal, making it suitable for sanitary environments and applications in the food packaging industry.
Controls Product Brief
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NK Technologies: Current sensing switch

Featuring a single turn potentiometer, new ASD Series Current Sensing Switches from NK Technologies provide a limit alarm contact with easy adjustment.
Controls Product Brief
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Pepperl+Fuchs: LED scanner provides 2D distance measurement

Suitable for automated storage and retrieval (ASRS) tasks in the material handling and logistics industries as well as machine and plant engineering applications, Pepperl+Fuchs’ Multi-Beam LED Scanner R2100 combines the company’s exclusive Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) with ultra-IR LEDs and multi-beam scan to deliver two-dimensional measurement over an entire area rather than just one point to help ensure precise and reliable distance measurement and detection of irregular surfaces.
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Compact controllers with integrated I/O

With real-time Ethernet onboard, B&R’s X20 system includes a new series of compact controllers with 32 built-in digital and analog I/O channels; additional I/O modules can be connected either locally or remotely using cables.
Controls Product Brief
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Clippard: Electronic high-flow poppet valves

Clippard's EGV Series valves are electronically piloted versions of the GV series valves, for large-flow, low-leak applications is available in 1/8-in. NPT ported and manifold mount, utilize Clippard 10 mm or 15 mm valves, and offer numerous voltage and connection options.
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff: Stainless steel EtherCAT Box I/O

Stainless steel product portfolio extended for food, beverage, pharma and chemical applications.
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Controls Case Study
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Implementing the Internet of Things incrementally

Optimizing existing technologies to integrate data is a way to increase productivity and efficiency, and it doesn’t have to all happen in one fell swoop.
Controls Product Brief
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Festo: Redesigned actuator control valves

Festo’s VFOF, VBNF, and VBQF multi-functional pneumatic control valve series have been redesigned to create multi-functional units that are said to be less expensive to purchase than comparable solutions, more than 50% smaller in terms of height, save energy, and are easier and faster to install, troubleshoot, and maintain.
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff: Automation interface increases software engineering quality

Designed to reduce errors, programming time, and costs associated with manual processing of control projects, Beckhoff Automation’s new TwinCAT 3 Automation Interface automation software enables remote control of TwinCAT engineering systems and the automatic generation of programs and configurations.
Feature Article
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Market for IAE expected to show strong growth

The market for industrial automation equipment is expected to show strong growth in 2014, with global revenue reaching $185.3 billion.
Controls Product Brief
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NK Technologies: Power monitor

Able to track power usage for a single piece of equipment, or an entire facility.
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Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Ultrasonic proximity sensors

AutomationDirect’s new UK6 series 18mm ultrasonic sensors are now available with shorter bodies for easier mounting in tight spaces.

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