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SPONSOR: beckoff automation May 16, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Video: Stainless steel control panels for packaging applications >>

In order to better serve demanding industrial environments with rugged and resilient displays, Beckhoff has released stainless steel variants of the CP77xx and CP79xx Panels. These control and display units meet strict hygiene regulations and are ideal for the food & beverage and packaging industries.

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Video Demo: Leveraging high-speed ethernet with EtherCAT >>

EtherCAT® isn't just about ultra high speed performance, it's also about saving money. EtherCAT features cost effective Cat 5 cabling and supports flexible wiring topologies without requiring switches. EtherCAT devices based on standard, open technology from Beckhoff can help boost your bottom line.

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Video Demo: C6915 IPC with Intel® Atom&rtrade; Processor >>

To provide dynamic Industrial PCs that are as energy-efficient as they are powerful, Beckhoff has introduced the C6915 series IPCs. These are currently the most compact Beckhoff IPCs available. Featuring Intel® Atom™ processors, C6915 IPCs provide up to 1.6 GHz processing power with reduced energy consumption.

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Video Demo: Compact HD Bus Terminals, 16 I/O Channels in 12 mm Format >>

To deliver increasingly compact I/O solutions for manufacturers and machine builders, Beckhoff has expanded its Bus Terminal I/O system with the new, ultra-compact HD Bus Terminals. These space-saving 'High Density' Bus Terminals feature 16 digital I/O channels in the housing of a 12 mm electronic terminal block.

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Food grade AM3000 servomotors meet wash-down requirements >>

The FDA-compliant, food grade AM3000 servomotors are designed with a resistant white surface coating, making them perfectly suited for food & beverage, packaging and any application that requires wash-down. The motors are not derated and the coating adds only about 30% to the price of the standard servomotors.

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Frito talks CMMS

Rigid PlaybookThe sixth annual Packaging Automation Forum was held April 26 in Chicago, and among the speakers was Ed Michel, who manages the Computerized Maintenance Management system at Frito-Lay.

"One of the key learnings we've had is that it requires three things—process, people, and technology—to be good at this," Michel told his audience. "Simply throwing technology at it is not going to work."

Other highlights of Michel's presentation:

• For many years we viewed reliability as a cost at our company. But when we took a look at reliability through a different lens, we realized that in fact it's a great enabler and a means of capital avoidance. After all, operating unreliably requires more equipment, and more equipment takes capital expenditures.

• For too long reliability at each of our sites was dependent on the leadership at that site. So we basically had 36 independent processes and systems for reliability. That meant many "best" ways to execute the same activity. It led to confusion, duplication of efforts, and inconsistent performance.

• Since starting this journey in 2002 we have reduced downtime by 50%.

• Improving reliability is impossible if you don't document what you do. In the old days, documentation was kept in a big book with all the equipment listed in it. You'd fill it out and hand it to your manager, and the manager would give it to administration, and some weeks later it made its way to those responsible for improving reliability. This was not working. So now, through the Avantis CMMS solution from Invensys Operations Management, we have an electronic interface on every one of our terminals on our plant floors. Anybody in the building can walk up to a terminal and in 15 seconds enter in a work request or emergency work order for a piece of equipment. You don't need anything other than this Avantis interface. It's the technology part of the overall project.

• Another discovery along the way was that time-based Preventive Maintenance is inferior to use-based. With our CMMS solution, we can easily and automatically keep track of machine cycles. If a machine cycles a million and a half times in ten days, it may need PM every ten days. Other machines may not need it so frequently because they're not cycling as frequently. By being able to automatically track machine cycles, we're leveraging technology to know when PM is needed.

• We're moving now to Autonomous Maintenance. It's a matter of engaging everyone at the plant in the process of maintaining equipment, not just the Maintenance Department.

• You can't simply throw a software solution at a problem like downtime and expect to make any progress if you don't have a process to leverage the technology and people to bring it all together. The CMMS software solutions, after all, are pretty much the same in terms of their functionality. They help you automatically keep score. But the only way to improve the score that's being kept is to engage people in a tech-enabled process.

NEW Automation Products

Panel wiring solution simplifies panel building

Eaton® SmartWire-DTTM panel wiring solution reduces panel-wiring complexity, improves system reliability, saves installation time and reduces panel space by replacing the many wires found in the control circuit into a single cable.... Read more

Photoelectric sensors

AutomationDirect has expanded its photoelectric sensor line to include 18mm rectangular plastic DC models. The IP67 rated sensors, available in 12 models, feature an 18mm diameter threaded lens and M12 quick-disconnect. ... Read more

Linear actuator system

The Wittenstien ternary® actuator is the all-in-one linear actuator system integrates controller, motor, amplifier and drive into one compact mechatronic device ... Read more

Gateways for EtherNet/IP£ and Modbus TCP

Turck's BL20 Economy gateways for EtherNet/IP£ and Modbus TCP provide a flexible in-the-cabinet system for distributed I/O, and can be paired with a broad range of I/O slices to suit most application's communications and transparency requirements ... Read more

Software feature syncs logged data with server

Red Lion's SQL Sync, a new feature of the company's advanced programming software Crimson® 3.0, allows customers to synchronize logged data from their G3 HMIs directly with Microsoft's® SQL Server®, eliminating the need for third-party software or a custom script. ... Read more

New CPU board for PC platforms

B&R's Automation PC 810 and Panel PC 800 devices come with a new CPU board with an Intel® CoreTM2 Duo P8400 processor. ... Read more

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