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SPONSOR: Beckhoff automation September 8, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Beckhoff 2011 packaging solutions e-brochure >>

The 2011 edition of Beckhoff's packaging solutions e-brochure is available now. Learn how to solve tomorrow's packaging automation challenges today with powerful PC-based control and EtherCAT.

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: Huge power from book-sized Beckhoff IPCs >>

Give your control cabinet some breathing room with Beckhoff's compact C69xx IPC series. Watch this video demo about Beckhoff's "library" of book-sized Industrial PCs featuring Intel® Atom™ to Core™2 Duo processors with RAID and PCI expansion options.

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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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The shift to servos continues

Whenever I get a chance to ask packaging machinery builders what they're seeing and hearing from the CPG companies they sell to, I'm always fascinated by what I learn. Here are a few highlights from a recent conversation I had with William Chu, general manager at Wexxar Packaging Inc., a division of ProMach.

• We see more and more interest in the use of servo and other automation advances. Making feedback readily available to the operator—to simplify setup and to make the machine easier to run—is becoming more important than ever. We are looking for a number of our machines that aren't servo-based to be changed in the near future. We also are looking at HMI technology so that the average working guy can easily run our machines. We think there's a perception out there that servo technology makes machines more difficult. But we want the servo to be the operator's and the maintenance department's best friend.

• If I had any advice to give to technology suppliers, I'd ask them to provide any help they can on networking issues. It can be a challenge. The servo motor or drive talks to the PLC, and the PLC talks to the HMI. The PLC may also talk to other devices up and down the production line. So setting up this network of communications connections is crucial. Technology suppliers can be very helpful in this task.

•We like to display as much diagnostic information as possible on the HMI. That way, the maintenance people don't need a laptop to talk to the servo drive whenever there's a problem. Servo conditions, servo error messages—these are the things we want communicated on the HMI as much as possible.

NEW Automation Products

Servo stepper technology provides high-torque output

Yaskawa's Junma AC Servo uses new plug and play design to provide an alternative to traditional stepper technology at a comparable price. Junma accepts a pulse reference input from the host controller or PLC. After connection, simply select the reference pulse switch setting on the amplifier to match the reference output on the controller... Read more

Compact limit switches

AutomationDirect's AEM2G series compact limit switches feature 35 mm wide die-cast housings and are equipped with one normally-open and one normally-closed contact. All units include a 3-meter cable. The IP67-rated series utilizes standard 25 mm hole spacing and a wide variety of head actuators is available... Read more

Electromechanical motion products

See them at PACK EXPO Booth #C-4838! Wittenstein's e-Motion innovative electromechanical products include a high-performance linear system, servo sizing software, an integrated actuator, and website and online tools. The high-performance linear system combines the TPM+ actuator and rack to create a dynamic and compact linear system... Read more

Photoelectric sensor for harsh environments

Banner Engineering's TM18 EZ-BEAM compact photoelectric sensor comes with nickel-plated, die-cast zinc metal housing, as well as completely epoxy encapsulated electronics. Rated IP69K, the TM18 provides durability and resistance in harsh sensing environments, especially in high-pressure washdown applications... Read more

Soft start controllers reduce energy costs

The DS7 line of compact, high-performance, soft start controllers from Eaton Corporation provides smooth acceleration and deceleration of the load, minimizing shock to mechanical components, extending life of the system, increasing reliability, reducing downtime, and lowering costs. ... Read more

Safety relays provide high-level safety compliance

IDEC's HR1S safety relays are predictable and controllable with several variations available including models with instantaneous (STOP 0) safety outputs or with time delay (STOP 1) safety outputs. UL listed, CSA certified and CE marked, as well as being EN ISO 13849-1 Performance level e (PLe), safety category 4, and EN 62061... Read more

Packaging World Showcase


Looking for a new packaging machinery or materials supplier?

Packaging World's PACK EXPO 2011 Showcase digital edition is filled with detailed information about packaging machinery and material suppliers. Search from the convenience of your laptop or PC; click hotlinks for direct access to advertiser websites and print or email supplier information to colleagues. Check out our 2011 edition. Click to view >>

Upcoming events:

Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop
Courtyard Marriott, Schaumburg, IL. Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop is an interactive workshop covering package design strategies, trends, best practices and consumer insights for package designers, package development pros, marketing and brand managers, September 13.

International Dairy Show
The International Dairy Show features the latest trends and innovations in the dairy industry, and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 19-21.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

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