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Industrial flat panels
Controls Product Brief
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Siemens: Industrial flat panels

Siemens’ new 15-, 19- and 22-in. widescreen Industrial Flat Panels (IFP) feature multi-touch, intuitive five-finger operator input, scratch-proof glass fronts and highly luminous displays; units recognize multiple gestures in applications where the computer (IPC) and the HMI units are mounted separately.
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Flow controllers
Controls Product Brief
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Pisco: Flow controller

Pisco USA, Inc. offers a new flow controller featuring a built-in shock absorber function.
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Versatile configurable control system
Controls Product Brief
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Pilz: Versatile configurable control system

The configurable control system PNOZmulti 2 from Pilz can be used as a stand-alone or as a modular expandable alternative: instead of wiring, users can simply configure their safety circuit on a PC.
Capacitive label sensor
Controls Product Brief
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Lion Precision: Capacitive label sensor

Lion Precision’s new LRD6300 capacitive label sensor has easy one-button setup and a lower price: unlike its predecessors, it features push-button controls with one-click AutoGap setup; a sensor that includes EasyCheck Verification; and a simple system of bright LEDs that make it clear, even at a distance, if the sensor is operating correctly.
Column/Opinion
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The strategic relationship between builders and buyers of packaging machinery

How important is the relationship between builders and buyers of automated packaging machinery when it comes to things like reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), improving Overall Equipment Efficiency, and optimizing manufacturing operations?
Over 27,000 unique gearmotor SKUs produced at Tennessee facility
Controls Product Brief
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Brother Gearmotors: Gear motors and reducers

Brother Gearmotors, offering a wide range of ultra-reliable, sub-fractional AC gearmotors and reducers for the food and beverage, packaging and material handling industries, is touting the opening of its U.S. assembly facility in Bartlett, TN, which will house on-site assembly of over 27,000 unique SKUs and serve as a maintenance and repair hub for the Gearmotor division.
Space-saving HVAC matrix drive
Controls Product Brief
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Yaskawa: Space-saving HVAC matrix drive

Yaskawa’s HVAC Matrix drive (Z1000U) provides extremely low harmonic distortion in a space-saving design, along with the same HVAC-specific features as the standard Z1000; unit achieves excellent low distortion levels all by itself, without the need for additional countermeasures such as passive filters or multi-pulse arrangements.
Minimal waste. The Hydroforma SP pouch maker relies on its programmable automation controller (Photo A), variable frequency driv
OEM Application Note
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Tight control reduces film waste

Water-soluble pouches have been a breakthrough in safety and convenience for the cleaning and laundry industries. They wouldn’t be feasible without tight machine control.
Voice-activated commands for machines
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Voice-activated commands for machines

At PACK EXPO East, Beckhoff demonstrated how Google Glasses connected directly to a cloud server make it possible to adjust machine speeds with voice-activated commands.
DirectSOFT6 PLC programming software
Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: PLC programming software

AutomationDirect’s DirectSOFT6 PLC programming software, the 32-bit Windows certified programming software for the entire DirectLOGIC line of PLCs, provides faster status updates and contains many new and upgraded features to make ladder logic programming faster and easier.
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Web-based visualization software
Controls Product Brief
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Pilz: Web-based visualization software

Web-based visualization software PASvisu is a high-performance yet simple to use package for operating and monitoring; it was designed as a platform-independent visualization package based on the latest web technologies such as HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript.
IO-Link Master DR-8-EIP
Controls Product Brief
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Comtrol: IO-link master

Comtrol Corporation announced the release of the IO-Link Master DR-8-EIP for industrial IO-Link sensor and actuator connectivity.
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Efficient motion control system
Controls Product Brief
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Siemens: Efficient motion control system

Siemens has updated its Simotion motion control system to version 4.4, offering users many new functions that make the engineering of motion control projects even easier and more efficient; applications such as packaging, can be quickly, easily and efficiently engineered, configured and commissioned through the Siemens TIA Portal.
Durable, low cost valves
Controls Product Brief
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Festo: Durable, low cost valves

Festo has debuted the VS series of piston-spool solenoid and pneumatic valves and valve manifolds; these individually wired valves are designed to give years of dependable service while helping OEMs lower the costs of acquisition, assembly, and inventory.
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OEE on the docket at PACK EXPO East

OEE provides visibility into your operation, helping you to produce more with your existing equipment and prevent unplanned equipment downtime.

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