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SPONSOR: Aerotech, Inc. March 19, 2012 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Single- and multi-axis motion controllers scalable to your application >>

From the stand-alone single-axis Soloist and 1-10 axis Ensemble, to our software-based 1-32 axis Automation 3200, Aerotech has a scalable, easy-to-use controller to fit your needs.

Aerotech, Inc.

Linear and rotary servomotors and drives >>

Aerotech U-channel & flat linear motors offer superior performance, while our brushless rotary servomotors provide low torque ripple, smooth velocity and max torque/acceleration.

Aerotech, Inc.

Integrated machine control with Aerotech's MotionPAC >>

Aerotech MotionPAC integrates motion with the PLC environment for a 30 to 50% reduction in development time. Based on IEC61131-3, programmable in .NET, with diagnostics and tools.

Aerotech, Inc.

ACT series high-speed linear motor actuators >>

The ACT is a high performance, cost-effective linear-servomotor-driven actuator that is faster and more accurate than a ball screw or belt-drive without the costly, time-consuming maintenance. As an integrated, assembled mechanical system, ACT also eliminates the design complexity of assembling individual components.

Aerotech, Inc.

Integrated Automation Solutions Brochure >>

The brochure highlights automation controllers and software, drives, linear and rotary motors, and positioning mechanics.

Aerotech, Inc.

Standards drive manufacturing

“We’re convinced that OMAC comes with a payback.”

Succinct and to the point, this comment by R&D equipment engineering manager Paul Redwood of Church & Dwight echoes the sentiments being expressed these days by engineering leaders and executives at a number of major Consumer Packaged Goods companies. Redwood, who has 25 years of experience in the CPG arena, will expand on his ideas about how valuable standards can be in his May 23 presentation in Chicago at The Automation Conference. Other automation and controls observations from Redwood include these:

• Servos are the way forward, yes, but in expanding their use you have to know your business, know the plants, know the processes involved. Wherever you introduce new technology, it helps to assume the role of an advance scout. Be incremental about it. Turn the heat up gradually and let people in the plants get used to it. Even if your goal is to implement servos everywhere, you can’t do it all at once.

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• There’s a tendency for CPG companies to only allow local plants to use what local suppliers have available. The better approach is to use what’s best for the business, and one of the good things about OMAC and its open-architecture foundation is that it promotes the acceptance of this “best-for-the-business” viewpoint. It helps CPG companies move information horizontally across the line. But it’s also about getting information up into other networks in the business, such as the MES layer, so it’s good for moving information both horizontally and vertically.

• Church & Dwight’s involvement in the OMAC Packaging Workgroup isn’t about us communicating the notion that we are early adopters. Rather, it’s a matter of being informed about what’s next on the technology curve. It will make our decisions about manufacturing and automation easier as we move forward.

Redwood’s presentation is just one of many thought-provoking and educational sessions that will be on tap at The Automation Conference, May 22-23 in Chicago. For full information, visit The Automation Conference Web site

NEW Automation Products

Servo inverter

Well-suited for material handling systems, Lenze’s Servo Inverter i700 features extremely short cycle times, 32-bit signal resolution and an overload capacity of more than 200% to make the new i700 equally suited for simple ... Read more

Motors with internal bearing protection ring

Baldor has added 98 new ratings to the Baldor Reliance Super-E motors with Internal AEGIS Bearing Protection Ring providing end-users with off-the-shelf availability of motors equipped with a pre-installed shaft ground ... Read more

Servo motors

Beckhoff’s new AM8000 servo motors integrate the feedback system and power into one standard motor cable. The AM8000 series encompasses six different motor sizes, each with two or three optional overall lengths ... Read more

2-way proportional valve

Clippard’s high-flow stepper-controlled 2-way proportional valve utilizes a robust and powerful linear actuator in critical applications such as gas delivery, medical, analytical, and industrial automation requiring high resolution ... Read more

Digital devices

ProSense digital pressure switch/transmitters from AutomationDirect are designed for air, non-corrosive gas and non-flammable gas applications ... Read more

Inductive sensor for harsh washdown applications

Designed for applications that require frequent cleaning with chemicals found in food and beverage applications or where the sensor is exposed to wet environments, TURCK’s Q42 long-range inductive proximity ... Read more

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PLMA's Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference
Change happens! Learn how to make it work for you and your company at PLMA's Annual Conference being held at Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida on March 22-25, 2012.

NPE 2012
Plan to attend the International Plastics Showcase, NPE 2012 at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL on April 1-5.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2012
Join us for sustainability's premiere event, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability (AIChE) April 3-5 at the Hilton Americas in Houston, TX.

International Sleeve Label Conference and Exhibition 2012
Hosted by AWA Conferences & Events, the two-day forum explores market and technology developments, trends, and issues in the sleeve label industry. The program includes a special pre-conference facility tour of contract packager Verst Group Logistics. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinatti, OH, USA on April 18-19.

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Gilchrist & Soames Streamlines Complex Manufacturing Operation with Automation Tools >>

Christina Mavity, of bath and body products manufacturer Glichrist & Soames, will present at The Automation Conference. Learn how Mavity integrated a web-based solution to automate label artwork upload and order management. Join your colleagues at The Automation Conference, May 22-23 in suburban Chicago.

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