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SPONSOR: beckhoff automation August 12, 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: CX5000 Embedded PC with Intel® Atom™ for hot and cold environments >>

The flexible CX5000 Embedded PC thrives in temps from -25 to 60 C while utilizing energy-saving Intel® Atom™ technology. The CX5000 delivers up to 1.6 GHz processing power and is designed with a rugged magnesium housing.

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Video: Take the heat off your control cabinet with C65xx IPCs >>

Watch this video demo to see how the resilient C65xx IPCs from Beckhoff save space and can help reduce heat in electrical cabinets via passive cooling. The standard C65xx is equipped with powerful Intel® Core™ Duo or Core™2 Duo processors.

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Video Demo: Machine safety simplified with TwinSAFE® >>

Combine safety PLC Terminals, safety I/O and standard I/O on one EtherCAT® network with TwinSAFE®. From I/O to drives, it's the universal and flexible safety system.

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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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Tips on OEE

On the LinkedIn group called Packaging Machinery, Abhishek Agarwal, the director at packaging machinery supplier Vibgyor Technoplus in Gurgaon, India, started a discussion with this post: "I am looking for some OEE software that could be integrated with packaging machines." Here's a few of the comments:

• From Ranga Kulkarni, packaging machinery professional in Gulbarga Area, India:
You will find good answers to your question on group "AutomationEngineerSCADA_PLC." You may have to join the group.

• From John Henry, Changeover Wizard at in the U.S.:
Go to They have what they call a "productivity appliance" that gives real time OEE info. It is normally used on a complete line but could be used on individual machines as well. I am installing 10 at a pharma client starting next week. It is a great system and very reasonably priced. I have no commercial relation with Vorne. I just think they make a very good product. See also their site at They have lots of good info on OEE and how to track and improve it. There is an excellent 30+-page white paper on OEE that you can download in PDF.

• From Jean-Pierre Menard at Sidel, a packaging machinery maker based in France: At Sidel, we make an excellent software called EIT for the application you are seeking. More information can be found on our Web site.

• From Eoghan McGuire, a software and systems professional at KCI Manufacturing in Athlone, Ireland: We've used SL Controls Plug & Pivot tool to interface to a range of packaging controllers (Elau, Rockwell, Siemens) and generate OEE & much other state-machine-driven information. Very satisfied with results and again the install costs are very reasonable.

• From Chicagoland's John Kowal, market development manager at B&R Industrial Automation: Another good option is Zarpac Performance Index. I have no business affiliation with ZPI, but we have sponsored some OEE workshops together in the past.

Another source might be Parsec, whose representatives I've met over the years at the Packaging Automation Forum. Speaking of the Packaging Automation Forum, the seventh edition is scheduled for next Spring in Chicago. But it's going to be greatly expanded into a two-day event that will embrace far more than packaging automation. Very exciting. If you want to know more, drop me a note at

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High-power brushless motor and driver

Oriental Motor's BLV Power Brushless Motor and Driver System Series is their first DC input system above 100 watts. The BLV Series is available with either a 200 watt (1/4 hp) or 400 watt (1/2 hp) motor, in round shaft, parallel gear or our new 104 mm (4.09 in) flat hollow shaft (FR) gear with a speed range of 100 ~ 4,000 r/min... Read more

Weighing equipment accuracy verification

Mettler Toledo's GWP® Verification provides better weighing results, lowered equipment-testing expenses, and enhanced final product consistency through a systematic assessment and benchmarking of balance performance. GWP Verification assesses the performance of weighing equipment to ensure accuracy. Using a fit gap analysis, a manufacturer's balance performance is measured against accuracy requirements ... Read more

Machine-mounted servo drive

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AS-interface provides 30% faster analog conversions

Pepperl+Fuchs' VBA-2E-G11-I/U/PT100-F G11-style AS-Interface Analog Modules features an IP68/69k-rated and field-mountable G11 style housing that provides industry-standard M12 style connectors to enable quick installation and removal, even under power. The unit's water-tight housing accepts 2 freely-selectable analog inputs for 4-20mA, 0-10V or PT100 type signals. The overall analog conversion speed of these modules is just 8 ms... Read more

EtherCAT terminals with safety PLC inside

Beckhoff's TwinSAFE™ technology for EtherCAT® I/O system helps machine builders and manufacturers streamline safety systems. Rated for SIL 3 and conforming to IEC 61508 and EN ISO 13849-1 PL e, the terminals utilize the performance of EtherCAT--the EL6900 safety PLC terminal can integrate up to 128 4-channel safety terminals (512 safety devices) and is capable of processing 256 safety-relevant function blocks ... Read more

Controller enables communications with both drives and field devices

Schneider Electric's PACDrive 3 is a fully Ethernet-based communication solution for PACDrive applications and provides a wide range of scalable performance for synchronized multi-axis motion, PLC functionally and robotic control on a single hardware platform. Designed for both highly complex and simple machine configurations ... Read more

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