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Weiss: Linear motor axes for small parts assembly applications

Available in two different axis sizes – HG 25 with peak force of 180 N, and HG 12 with peak force of 110 N – the HG series of lightweight, aluminum, closed linear motor axes from Weiss reduce costs, provide precise axis in a compact design, and feature a unique guide profile cover made of machined aluminum to provide protection for applications that experience external contamination influences.
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ProSoft Technology: Expands family of gateways

ProSoft Technology’s PLX30 gateways now are available with 2 separate Ethernet ports that allow protocols to reside on separate subnets.
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Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Helical gearboxes

B&R’s two new helical gearboxes, the 8GP70 series with a shaft output and the 8GF70 series with a drive flange, provide smooth operation for absolute precision, excellent synchronization characteristics, and a very low noise level at high speeds.
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GE Intelligent Platforms: Expanded control platform

GE Intelligent Platforms adds one more solution to the company’s high performance connected automation architecture with the expansion of its high availability control platform.
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Omron Automation and Safety: Machine automation controller

The Sysmac NJ Machine Automation Controller from Omron Automation and Safety provides direct connectivity to SQL databases, including Microsoft SQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL and Firebird.
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Wago: Compact, surface-mount terminal blocks

Suited for solid-state lighting applications that often utilize metal-core PCBs, including compact or miniaturized LED modules and LED bulbs, Wago’s 2059 SMT PCB terminal blocks series offer an extremely small (2.7 mm high), fast, cost-effective alternative to soldering leads.
Controls Product Brief
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J.W. Winco: Retaining magnets

J.W. Winco, Inc. offers GN 51.7 Retaining Magnet Assemblies with ball knob or key ring, with rubber jacket, in metric sizes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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