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SPONSOR: Baumer Ltd. April 4, 2012 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

New video shows advantages of Baumer’s SmartReflect technology >>

Look at this short video explaining SmartReflect, the world’s first sensor technology that eliminates reflectors as a weak spot in food production equipment. SmartReflect works without reflector or receiver. Simple installation saves time and money while improving process reliability.

Baumer Ltd.

Light barrier technology works without reflectors or receivers – here's how >>

Receive a copy of our Flip Book, which illustrates how SmartReflect technology works. Rather than using conventional retro-reflective or through-beam detection methods, SmartReflect sets up a light beam between its photoelectric sensor and a machine part. An object interrupting the light beam triggers the sensor.

Baumer Ltd.

One-sensor hygienic design solution for food and beverage processing >>

Download technical details of SmartReflect light barrier sensors for food and beverage processing applications where hygiene is a top priority and cleaning agents could destroy reflectors. SmartReflect hygienic products are EHEDG-certified, Ecolab certified and meet FDA requirements.

Baumer Ltd.

One-sensor design for food and beverage washdown >>

Download technical details of SmartReflect light barrier sensors for food and beverage processing washdown applications. This product family is designed to resist cleaning agents, withstand CIP and is ideal for all applications without direct contact with foodstuffs.

Baumer Ltd.

Special versions of SmartReflect for transparent product detection >>

Visit our website to learn more about two special SmartReflect versions that reliably detect transparent objects. One works with glass containers, (PET) bottles, bowls, etc., another with transparent films in production and packaging. Both versions are available in easy to clean hygienic and washdown designs.

Baumer Ltd.

Connectivity now rivals functionality

At The Automation Conference May 22-23 in Chicago, Joe Grove, Vice President of Engineering at Ossid LLC, a ProMach Company, will be one of the participants in a Packaging Technology Roundtable. I recently spent some time with Joe on the phone to feel him out on topics such as PackML and others. Among his observations:

• I’m part of the PackML team, and I’ve been deemed PackML leader for ProMach, and one of the things I’ve tried to do is feed info back to the OMAC Packaging Workgroup about what we as machine builders are seeing out there. As for our use of PackML, where it fits, we’re committed to using it, so we push for it to be part of the development package. Having said that, I have to admit that requests from customers for PackML are not exactly what you’d call abundant.

• When we develop a piece of equipment, our first responsibility is performance of the machine. We also try to differentiate our machines in some value-added way so that we aren’t viewed as a commodity. Simplifying data collection so that we are giving our customers a method of measuring OEE is one way we bring that value-added touch. And since PackML can be helpful in facilitating data collection, it’s a helpful tool in our efforts to add value to our machines. It’s almost a design guide to OEE. The pack tags, the modular code, and just the way that the whole thing is laid out, it lends itself to OEE. So that’s one of its inherent values. One place where we think there could be some clarification is in the area of which tags are most beneficial to end users, which are in a second tier, which in a third tier, and so on.


Standards drive manufacturing >>

Controls optimize machine speed relationships >>

New robotics resources >>

Top 10 equipment acquisition trends >>

• Rockwell is often the control or automation supplier of choice among our customers. But we’ve gone through some developments and tested some different architectures, like B&R, Bosch Rexroth, Omron, and others. What we’re looking for in an automation supplier is the ability to do many things from one point. In other words, you have your entry-level logic at the PLC level—MicroLogix and things of that nature—that don’t lend themselves to tag creation or data collection. So what we’re asking for—whether it’s from Rockwell or not—is an entry-level processor that does have the capability of serving up data, sort of like Rockwell’s CompactLogix platform. We’re seeing Omron come out with that kind of a device, a PLC based upon the latest Intel processor technology rather than more conventional ways of doing logic. It just lends itself more naturally to being a more data intensive processor than just pure logic.

• Not so long ago customers weren’t all that concerned about things like connectivity. They just wanted to be sure the machine we delivered functioned as it was supposed to. But these days, as customers realize that they can get more out of their machines and make better, faster decisions if they can better acquire and utilize data from their machines, conversations about connectivity have moved to the forefront. So we look at our controls packages and systems more critically than ever.

The Packaging Technology Roundtable is shaping up to be a terrific opportunity for packaging automation and controls stakeholders to ask all kinds of questions about what’s next in the world of controls. Be sure to check out The Automation Conference. And don’t dawdle—the early-bird discount goes bye-bye April 22.

NEW Automation Products

Smart camera for pick-and-place robots

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EtherNet/IP-enabled servo

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Comprehensive ERP system

IQMS’ new version of its manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ features more than 1,000 enhancements and reports across all aspects of the system and includes increased security ... Read more

Servomotor ships in 3 weeks

Using a configurable options menu to exactly build the motor required, customers can now place an order for any first-generation Siemens SIMOTICS 1FK7 servomotor and ... Read more

IO-link module

WAGO’s 750-675 4-Channel IO-Link Master Module simplifies integration, configuration and management of intelligent sensors and actuators ... Read more

DeviceNet analyzer

The new DeviceNet Analyzer from Balluff is said to be one of the most powerful tools for analyzing, commissioning, monitoring, and maintaining DeviceNet/CAN bus ... Read more

Ink jet for non-porous materials
Large character ink jet printer from Diagraph is especially suitable for non-porous materials.
Upcoming events:

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.

NACD 2012 Annual Convention
The National Association of Container Distributors will hold their annual convention at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, April 24-28.

The Automation Conference
Three content tracks and keynotes by marketing leading end-users make The Automation Conference the year's best event for manufacturing professionals across all industries. Plan to attend at the Hilton Rosemont, in suburban Chicago on May 22-23.



Good news ... Make2Pack and Connect-and-Pack Workshop is back! >>

Industry and technology expert Dave Chappell will offer his popular standards training workshop at the 2012 The Automation Conference. Attendees will gain a better understanding of Make2Pack, PackML, ISA88 TR02, Module to Module interactions and more. No additional fee for workshop! May 22-23 at the Hilton in Rosemont, IL.

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