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Compact drives. One thing Top Tier engineers and machine  designers like about the servo drives is that they neatly fit in a relatively small controls cabinet.
OEM Application Note
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Hybrid servo system brings positioning accuracy to palletizing

The L7 palletizer has standard AC motors and a machine control code accessed on a familiar PLC interface. But servo drives in place of VFDs bring big benefits.
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Significant Debut. This continuous-motion VF/F/S machine is the OEM’s most significant new-product development in recent memory.
Controls Case Study
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PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Getting its new vf/f/s system ready in time for Pack Expo Las Vegas was a challenge, but Matrix managed just fine. A bit of strategic retooling included One Cable Technology and EtherCAT.
WIRELESS ACCESS. The Wi-Fi-connected, touch-screen printing system features full logo/image/graphics/barcodes programming and editing.
Machine Case Study
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On-case inkjet printer saves time, labor, and materials

Switch from hand-applied p-s labels expands flexibility and provides opportunity to print more data on much larger shipping case panels.
Machine Product Brief
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Triangle: Complete bag-in-box system

With the ability to load single or twin-pack packages at speeds up to 100 cartons/min., Triangle’s Flex1 horizontal cartoner offers gentle handling of products such as cereal and granola, crackers and snacks, IQF products, baking, and soup mixes, and also helps improve efficiency and lower production costs, all in a compact 10-ft. X 5.5-ft. footprint.
Machine Product Brief
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Multi-Conveyor: Sanitary cleated incline conveyor

Designed to move individual dairy containers, Multi-Conveyor’s stainless steel super sanitary incline conveyor with plastic cleated chain belting is 20-ft. long and features removable static dissipating wear strips and guide rails.
Brains Brewery upgraded of its yeast-handling control process to a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix system and Ethernet connectivity. Source: Prosoft Technology
OEM Application Note
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Brewery gains flexibility, reduces downtime with gateway

Remote I/O-to-Ethernet gateway enables easy replacement of 27-year-old PLCs for a Wales brewery upgrading its yeast-handling control process.
Machine Case Study
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Multipacker boosts seafood company's productivity up to 75%

Chicken of the Sea installs new multipacker and two tray shrink packers that provide changeover versatility, operate at 95%-plus efficiency, and have resulted in a 20% reduction in manpower.
Machine Product Brief
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Federal: High-speed modular series filler for juice

The new 70-valve high-speed modular series filler from Federal Mfg., powered by Pro Mach, is a semi-automatic dedicated clean-in-place unit that fills and caps 450 1.75-liter PET juice carafes/min.
Machine Product Brief
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Allen Coding: Thermal transfer printers

See it at Interpack 2014, Hall 12 Booth E51! Two new thermal transfer printers in Allen Coding’s XL series – the 53XLc and the 25Xli – provide cost-effective, durable, Unicode performance in challenging environments.
Machine Case Study
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Print-and-apply labelers suit new repackaging operations

For its new repacking operations, Beiersdorf UK selects print-and-apply labelers able to print high-resolution barcodes, text, and graphics for Retail Ready Packaging.
Machine Product Brief
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Luceo: Optical sensors for sealing operations

Luceo Inspection Worldwide has introduced a unique image acquisition and software processing system for sealing equipment that detects all types of defects in the sealing zone and reacts in real time to any sealing tool drift.
Machine Product Brief
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Material Transfer: Stainless steel bulk bag discharging, weighing, & feeding system

Patented system features heavy-duty stainless steel construction with an integral vibratory feeder/screener and loss-in-weight load cells for material batching.
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Machine Product Brief
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Matrox: Flowchart-based vision software

The new flowchart-based Design Assistant DA 4 vision software from Matrox Imaging and distributor and authorized integrator Seltrol is an integrated development environment (IDE) that lets users easily create an application flowchart and HMI, and take projects from concept to completion without conventional programming.
Machine Product Brief
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AFA Systems: Robotic top load case packer

Able to integrate with a wide range of upstream equipment including v f/f/s systems, horizontal flow wrappers, as well as bottle and pouch filling systems, AFA Systems’ TL-PFG Fanuc Delta 3 Robotic Top Load Case Packer utilizes dual Fanuc M-3iA Pick and Place Robots to top load product into opened cases, at speeds of over 100 ppm.
Sensors enable clear object detection. Source: Banner
Column/Opinion
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CPG manufacturers benefit from sensor technology advances

One trend in packaging machine design is to move from tool-less changeovers to automated changeovers, reducing the complexity and downtime related to product variation. Sensors of various types enable the automation.

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