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Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: DC drives

AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of motors and drives now includes the GSD1, GSD3, GSD4, and GSD5, GSD6, and GSD7 series of DC drives.
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FRONT VIEW. The front of the AFTCATS robotic bottling system shows the main touchscreen display, with the pick-and-place loading robot shown in the window.
Machine Case Study
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Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling

Dako’s compact robotic bottling system frees up vital production floor space, increases speed, and reduces labor costs, filling different bottle shapes and sizes with no mechanical setup between production runs.
Big leap. HMI technology takes a big step forward with ADCO’s introduction of the InterACT™ runtime application. Its impressive functionality can also be accessed on a hand-held mobile device.
OEM Application Note
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Building a better interface and taking it mobile

ADCO, a leading builder of end-of-line packaging systems, went to Pack Expo Las Vegas with a brand new HMI and a mobile app that wowed show attendees.
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Hollow shaft angular gearbox

Designed for flange sizes 60 to 142 mm, B&R’s 8GA75 premium-grade angular planetary gearbox features a hollow shaft, making it possible to feed cables, fluid lines, and material strands through the drive axis.
Controls Product Brief
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Automation Continuum: Compact electronic position indicator

FIAMA’s F7 compact electronic position indicator, distributed by Automation Continuum, is based on a programmable display and magnetic sensor, and is user programmable by the three soft keys on the front cover.
Controls Product Brief
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Bodine: Low-voltage, right-angle gearmotors

Bodine’s line of INTEGRAmotor high-performance right-angle gearmotors now includes 34B4/FV-5N gearmotors which combine Bodine’s 34B brushless DC motor with a compact right-angle gearhead, a built-in PWM speed control, and an optical encoder.
AGV styles. One function of the Forked Straddle AGV is to bring pallet loads of in-process or finished goods from 29 packaging lines.
Machine Case Study
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Perrigo—propelled by AGVs and organizational readiness

Attention to detail, excellent use of controls and information technology, and a keen appreciation for ‘the people element’ are the foundation of this automation initiative.
The individually tailored balance between stocking on site and ordering via the E-Portal helped to improve planning procedures and also reduced the risk of downtime.

Feature Article
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Schwabe North America banks on stock optimization

Stock optimization analysis helps pharmaceutical company customize its spare parts handling process after relocating from Utah to Wisconsin.
Controls Product Brief
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Lenze: PackML library for ladder logic programming

Designed to give machine builders and operators the ability to focus on motion, diagnostics, data collection, video on HMI, and more, Lenze Americas’ library greatly simplifies implementation of PackML standards using ladder logic so customers can deliver safer and more predictable machines that collect data and can be operated and diagnosed without complex development software.
ESS Technologies: Robot for syringe pick and place
Machine Product Brief
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ESS Technologies: Robot for syringe pick and place

Creates a high-speed pick-and-place cell requiring little floorspace, handling multiple sizes with minimum tooling, allowing efficient size changeovers.
Controls Product Brief
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Aerotech: High-power modular drive chassis in 19-in. rack-mount design

Aerotech’s Npaq 6U high-power drive rack uses plug-in amplifiers supporting both linear and PWM topologies to control brushless, DC brush, or stepper motors.
Linx: Thermal ink-jet case coder
Machine Product Brief
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Linx: Thermal ink-jet case coder

Software upgrade adds multiple benefits on TJ725.
Controls Product Brief
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Mitsubishi: Modular programmable automation controller

Designed for multi-discipline systems requiring at least one sequence CPU, the iQ Platform from Mitsubishi Electric integrates individual sequence, motion, CNC, and robot control onto a single back-plane rack.
News
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Super Blast Safety Air Guns with Extensions Offer High Power for Hard to Reach Blowoff

EXAIR’s Super Blast Safety Air Guns have always provided high quality performance for your blowoff, drying or cleaning needs. Now, they are available with 3 foot and 6 foot extension pipes. These CE compliant Super Blast Safety Air Guns with Extension Pipes provide strong blowing force to clean large areas quickly and the extensions allow you to reach areas not easily accessible.
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Controls Product Brief
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Igus: Universal sliding element customizes polymer slewing ring bearings (PRT)

With the flexible iglide J universal sliding element from igus, engineers are able to customize the size of slewing ring bearings – up to one meter in diameter and loadable up to ten tons.

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