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SPONSOR: Instrument Laboratory, Inc. July 26, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Clippard Miniature pneumatic control devices catalog >>

Clippard's Minimatic® line consists of over 5,000 standard products including valves, cylinders, fittings, modular components, push buttons, electronic manifold cards, circuit analyzers, FRLs, air jets, pre-piped manifold subplates and much more. Special components designed for custom applications are also welcomed

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New Clippard products introduced >>

Clippard recently displayed some exciting new products during a recent trade show including the new EVPD Proportional Driver, and a High-Flow Stepper-Controlled Proportional flow valve. For entertainment, Clippard's unique 24-string pneumatically-controlled music tree serenaded attendees with a ballad of songs.

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New Clippard EVPD proportional valve driver >>

Clippard's new EVPD Proportional Valve Driver that is ideal for OEM product development, and can be customized to fit many applications, including control parameters. This EVPD is designed for use as a plug-and-play interface between Clippard's EVP Series Proportional Control Valves and PLC's or other controls.

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Clippard Maximatic® FRL's >>

Clippard's Maximatic® FRL's are available in many sizes from 10-32 to 1" NPT with interchangeability. Their modular design and interconnecting brackets provide flexibility, and facilitates simple field installation and/or modification for numerous applications in the packaging industry.

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Clippard Minimatic® fittings & tubing >>

Clippard offers an extensive range of miniature fittings and tubing for the packaging industry. Fitting styles include barb, brass, push-quick, quick-connect and more. Sizes include #3-56, #10-32, 1/16", 3/32" and 1/8" NPT threads. Flexible hose and stiff tubing is available from 1/8" to 3/8" OD.

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Sorting parcels automatically

DPD Dynamic Parcel Distribution GmbH & Co. KG recently installed AXIOM-X omnidirectional laser barcode scanners from Accu-Sort ( for its distribution center in Neufahrn, Germany. The investment in automated sortation equipment will further enhance DPD's reputation for fast, accurate parcel processing. Its adoption of a new generation of barcode scanners with improved read rates, high reliability, and a design that allows maintenance work to be carried out by in-house staff, has made the daily distribution of 150,000 parcels even more efficient.

The Accu-Sort high-speed omni directional laser scanners allow for up to 1,120 scans per second. The new solution has reduced the rate of unread parcels from 1.5 percent to 0.1 percent. This translates into significant labor savings because parcels with barcodes that cannot be read by scanners require manual processing. Another aspect in favor of the system was its ease of support. Monitoring and maintenance can be performed by DPD service technicians. Scan heads are easily replaced and configurations are applied at the push of a button.

The upgrade also allows for redundancy. The new system was installed next to the existing scanners so the old scanners could serve as a backup system.

According to Guido Lodde, DPD technology manager, the improved read rate, the redundancy that eliminates downtime, and the fact that no maintenance contract is required lead to an anticipated payback of the investment within five years. "Despite the complex technology behind the systems, components can be easily replaced, even by untrained staff. Extensive training, as required for the maintenance of laser barcode scanners in the past, is no longer needed," he explains.



NEW Automation Products

Modbus Gateway communications module

The MB-GATEWAY from AutomationDirect is a single port Modbus Gateway communications module that converts Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU. The gateway module features an automatic read function and is equipped with one RJ45 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port and one RS-422/485 2 or 4-wire serial port... Read more

Rotary servo drive has 4 output options

See it at PACK EXPO Booth # S-5277! The Camco RSD from DE-STA-CO is a zero-backlash, cam-actuated drive that can be used with both rotary and linear systems for accurate, smooth motions even at high speeds or with rapid speed changes. The new drive is compatible with a variety of industry-standard servo motors, offering the flexibility and logic to handle applications that involve uneven motion or displacement ... Read more

Proportional valve driver

Clippard's EVPD Proportional Valve Driver is designed for laboratories and OEM product development, and can be customized to fit OEM applications, including control parameters. This EVPD is designed for use as a plug-and-play interface between Clippard's EVP Series Proportional Control Valves and PLC's or other controls. It offers easy integration with existing machine controls, plus provides user adjustable parameters ... Read more




Digital I/O modules for EtherCAT networks

SPiiPlus IOMnt multi-axis motion and machine control systems from ACS Motion Control, are digital input/output modules that feature an EtherCAT interface, and provide an economical and compact design that offers up to 32 inputs and 32 outputs, with minimal power dissipation. The SPiiPlus IOMnt inputs are designed to meet EN 61131-2, type 3 (24V source type) and are functionally and pin compatible with Beckhoff EL1862/1872. The outputs are 24V/0.5A each, source type... Read more

Drive frequency inverter

Siemens' Sinamics® drive frequency inverter combines motion control, safety and standard tasks in a single device, reducing footprints and improving overall efficiencies. The Simatic CPU 317TF-2DP controller reduces the wiring, coding and the implementation times. Saves space on the shop floor and reduces overall total cost of ownership. Possible applications for the new device range from controlled single-axis positioning to complex ... Read more

Premium efficiency motors

AutomationDirect's IronHorse™ general purpose AC motor line now includes cast iron 3-phase premium efficiency motors available in horsepower ranges from 1 to 200 hp. Motors are available in speeds of 1200, 1800, and 3600 RPM and are electrically reversible. The 3-phase industrial duty T-frame and TC-frame TEFC motors feature ribbed cast iron frames to ensure maximum cooling... Read more

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