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SPONSOR: Schneider electric June 9, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

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From the simple movement of axes to motion control, the flexible control system of MachineStruxureT allows you to control your machines from a variety of platforms that include combined integrated intelligence. Optimize your machine cost by selecting the control platform suited for your specific requirements.

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Polypack introduced its new Tube 180 machine that combines two critical machine functions - shrink wrapping and case packing - into one compact design. A single carriage design eliminates the need for multiple transfers.

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OYSTAR IWK's new TFS E tub filler features innovative solutions that greatly reduce product changeover times. It also served as a pilot project for international collaboration between IWK and Schneider Electric.

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IMA North America's complete counting line yields high output efficiency >>

Watch the video: From filling to stuffing to capping, the self contained IMA UNILINE features Schneider Electric's Servo Controllers with no tools and no change parts all within 16 feet.

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Pint Sized Cartoner with Super Sized Flexibility >>

Z Automation Co. introduced its new CH9 251 cartoner at interpack 2011. The machine boasts a maximum speed of 100 cartons per minute. Multiple products can be stacked and literature feeding is an option. The small ergonometric footprint provides for easy cleaning.

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Seen at interpack

We asked industry consultant Dave Hoenig to share some of his impressions of interpack in an upcoming issue. Here's a sneak preview of his thoughts on controls.

The overriding trend is full integration of all control software, hardware, functions, and machines on the production line. The combination of mechatronics and high-speed functionality has made the development of controls extremely complex.

To facilitate faster controls development and reduce troubleshooting time, the trend in software is focused on:

  • Scalable integration on one software platform for all the machines on the line
  • Adoption of PackML is increasing
  • Faster training through standard software instead of proprietary software, as well as extensive growth in the use of "object oriented" programming, and the creation of a large library of "objects"
  • Providing "real time" error and malfunction diagnostic output

To accomplish seamless integration of various functions, synchronize all equipment on the line, and minimize downtime, the trend in hardware is seen to be focused on:

  • Scalable, "Plug & Play" technology to facilitate easy and faster component replacement
  • Offering remote connectivity for remote maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Shrinking the physical size and the cooling requirement of control cabinets; this is being accomplished by
    • Incorporating all the controls for the complete line in one centralized controller via extensive use of various field buses (mostly industrial Ethernet)
    • Sharing of power supplies
    • Distribution boxes, multi channel connectors, and remote I/O
    • Incorporating the "Motion Controllers" directly on the servo motors 
  • Built-in redundancy of communication with each module on the line by "daisy- chaining" all the controllers, in addition to bi-directional loop to the central controller

One example of the various elements mentioned above was on display at Schneider Electric, which introduced its PacDrive 3 and Sercos bus.

The trend in sensing and measuring instruments is to offer remote connectivity and more use of miniaturized vision systems. Also, the sensors themselves are now more sophisticated and have more functionality. For example, SICK introduced a label and registration sensor that does not need a registration mark. They also introduced an overhead distance sensor that can sense a shorter than anticipated or fallen container over the whole width of the conveyor.

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